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City Considers Short Term Rental Changes

The City of Bend is proposing amendments to Bend Development Code regarding Short Term Rentals (STR). The amendments would increase the separation distance from 250 feet to 500 feet between STR properties in residential zones outside of the Old Mill District for any new STRs. An exemption would also be added to allow an owner to enter into a long-term lease of 12 months or greater without losing their STR permit. The Planning Commission and City Council will hold a series of meetings to consider these changes.

These meetings will be conducted in person in City Hall Council Chambers at 710 NW Wall Street and virtually (attendance instructions will be posted on the Planning Commission agenda prior to the meetings).
  • Planning Commission Work Session: Monday August 22, 5:30pm
  • Planning Commission Hearing: Monday September 12, 5:30pm
These meetings will be conducted in person in City Hall Council Chambers at 710 NW Wall Street and virtually (attendance instructions will be posted on the Council agenda prior to the meetings).
  • Council Work Session: Wednesday September 21, 5:00pm
  • Council First Reading: Wednesday October 5, 5:00pm
  • Council Second Reading: Wednesday October 19, 5:00pm

Open House on Unsanctioned Camping Code

The City of Bend is developing municipal code provisions to regulate unsanctioned camping on City rights-of-way and City-owned property, like public streets, sidewalks, and landscape strips in Bend. As part of developing the code, the City will host two informational open houses this month.

The purpose of the open houses is to inform the community about how developing an unsanctioned camping code fits into the City and community response to homelessness. City staff will share information about the legal principles involved in regulating public property in light of recent court decisions and Oregon statutes, and the process for developing the code, including when community members will have opportunities to provide input. Time will be provided for attendees to ask questions process. Live Spanish interpretation will be available.

  • Tuesday August 16, 10:00am, in Council Chambers (710 NW Wall Street) or online
  • Monday, August 29, 5:30pm, at Municipal Court (555 NE 15th Street) or online

Both open houses will be streamed on the City of Bend YouTube channel. Those who wish to ask questions during the open house should register with the Zoom links that will be posted on the unsanctioned camping code webpage.

Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities

In order to address Governor Brown's Executive Order 20-04, the State of Oregon has created new Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities rules and regulations for Bend and other cities in Oregon with populations over 50,000 that will require changing Bend's land use laws significantly in the areas of zoning, parking, transportation, and housing. Bend's City Planning Staff is in the process of learning what changes are necessary, and will be implementing code changes through 2029 to meet the State requirements. This is one of the largest changes in land use laws in Oregon's history and is complicated - so expect to hear of these changes over time by the local media. You can download implementation guidelines from the Department of Land Conservation and Development for more details. If you want to learn more, contact Bend's Senior Planner in charge of Development Code changes, Pauline Hardie at, and request to be put on a list of updates about how the City intends to implement these changes.
SCNA Wants YOUR Opinion

This is the first of an occasional newsletter feature where the SCNA Board of Directors would like to ask your opinion on a particular topic. So here's your chance to quickly let us know what you think.

The SCNA board of directors is considering whether to formally support the mission of Save Bend Green Space, which is to:
  1. Promote and improve natural open spaces throughout the City of Bend
  2. Advance good environmental stewardship of lands and water
  3. Support smart growth policies for communities in Central Oregon
  4. Promote carbon sequestration through tree preservation
  5. Reduce heat island effects through preservation of green space
As a member of SCNA, would you encourage the board to support the Save Bend Green Space mission?

If you have any additional comments on this topic, please email us, or simply reply to this message.

Next SCNA Board Meeting
Thursday August 18, 5-7 pm

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

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

Future Board Meetings
Thursday September 15, 5-7 pm

Annual SCNA General Membership Meeting
Thursday October 20, 5:30-7 pm

Watch for a brief survey on how our annual meeting could be more helpful to you, coming soon.

Learn more about Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association meetings, including minutes from past meetings, on our website.

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