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Recording Available: 315 Apartment Mixed Use at Box Factory


Missed the public meeting about the large development proposed at the Box Factory? The owners of the Box Factory, Killian Pacific from Portland, discussed their plan to build about 315 apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial retail, with parking, in the Spoken Moto parking area of the Box Factory. They also listened to public comments. Grab your favorite beverage and watch the full meeting using this link.
Public Meeting for 8 Unit Apartment Building in Old Mill District

There will be a public meeting for a proposed 8 unit residential apartment building on the vacant lot located at the corner of SW Upper Terrace Drive and SW Bond Street in the Old Mill District.

Download the meeting notification here. The planning pre-application web page has additional information and diagrams.

The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday March 1 at 6:00pm. Here is the meeting link.

City Expands Temporary Housing, Works with County Homelessness Task Force

Bend City Councilors have approved a contract with NeighborImpact to operate a temporary shelter that will add up to 40 additional shelter beds in Bend through May of this year. The temporary shelter, located on NE Division Street, will open later this month and provide guests access to case management and a pathway to stable housing. Other efforts to increase temporary housing capacity are also in the works. Two outdoor shelters are expected to come before Council next month. Closing is anticipated in the spring, following due diligence, for the City's purchase of the Rainbow Hotel, with the intent to turn it into additional temporary shelter. Read more about these and other efforts in the recent City Press Release.

The City of Bend is also participating in an Emergency Homelessness Task Force along with Deschutes County.  Additional Task Force participants include the City of Redmond, and many other collaborating agencies and organizations. You can learn more about the causes of this crisis, the people most affected, and what the Emergency Houselessness Task Force is doing to address it at houselessindeschutes.org.

Last Chance for Planning Commission Input on Code Changes to Support Homeless

The city Sounding Board to House Our Neighbors committee is recommending a proposed package of amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and Bend Development Code for three permanent shelter types (Group, Multi-Room, and Outdoor) and two temporary shelter types (Temporary and Hardship Housing), including allowing neighbors to house the homeless in their driveways. The latest draft of these proposed changes and additional information can be found on the committee web page.

The Bend Planning Commission has a virtual public hearing  scheduled for Monday, February 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm to review the proposed amendments and, after listening to the public, they will make a recommendation to the City Council. See the agenda here, it explains how to view, listen to, provide comment, and participate in the virtual meeting. Once the meeting has started, the you can also live-stream it by clicking the hyperlink for video in progress on the Planning Commission web page. Additional information can also be found there.
New Law Limits Pesticide Use for HOAs

HB 2409 was introduced in the 2021 legislative session.  It prohibits HOAs from requiring application of pesticides on an owner’s property except as necessary for ecological or public health. “Pesticide” is defined under ORS 634.006.

Generally, the HOA may not require an owner to apply a pesticide and must allow any owner to exclude the owner’s property from the landscaping activities of the association that include application of a pesticide. The exception is if a “pest management practice” is necessary to manage or prevent a pest issue that “could harm ecological or public health.”

It was signed by the Governor and took effect January 1, 2022. It’s a good thing for pro-pollinator people who want to have wildlife-friendly lawns.  Here is a link to the bill.

Additionally, ecologically-minded HOAs are putting language into their landscape maintenance contracts that mandate the use of non-toxic alternatives, such as the following clause:

[CONTRACTOR NAME] agrees to only use non-toxic alternatives to typical toxic herbicides like those found in the Products Compatible With Organic Landscape Management document, published by beyondpesticides.org.

Upcoming SCNA Board Meetings

Thursday February 17, 4-6 pm
Thursday March 17, 4-6 pm

All neighbors in Southern Crossing NA are welcome to attend board meetings. Currently, all meetings are being held via Zoom. Please email register@bendscna.org by noon on the day before the meeting for a Zoom invitation.

If you would like to request time on the agenda to address the board, please email chair@bendscna.org at least 2 days prior to the meeting.

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