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2022 General Membership Meeting

Thursday October 20, 5:30 - 7pm


Learn About Big Developments Coming to the Neighborhood at Our Annual Meeting and Board Elections

Come learn about big developments not only near and around the Old Mill and Box Factory areas, but across our neighborhood. These plans include nearly 1,200 new housing units plus 45,000 square feet of new retail space. We will also give an update on what’s happening with the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) land, including the trails, as well as traffic plans for Southern Crossing.

You can play a part - become a member of the SCNA board and help influence Bend and our neighborhood today, and for years to come. Read more about the board below.

There will be closing comments by City Counselor Barb Campbell.

Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association’s General Membership Meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30-7:00pm. Advance registration is required, use the button below. You will be sent a confirmation email containing information on how join the Zoom meeting.

Voting Note: There is one vote per Zoom registration. If there are multiple members in your household that wish to vote, each one must register individually.

Register Here!

It’s Board Election Time
Your neighborhood needs you!

Make a difference in YOUR neighborhood

This is an exciting time for Southern Crossing, with lots of change in the near and far future. Expansion of the Box Factory (including housing) and development of the nearby Korpine area, expansion of Aune Street by Crux, saving the COID land, 279 housing units on SW Mt Bachelor Drive and another 170 housing units at SW Shevlin Hixon and SW Columbia are a few of them. You can learn what is happening in YOUR neighborhood by being on the Board of the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association. You can also impact growth and development by being involved, instead of just reacting to the changes happening in Bend. Seems like everyone complains about the traffic and growth, but this is an opportunity to do something and make a difference.

Current board meetings are held monthly on Zoom. New board members will begin their two-year terms January 1, 2023. General member positions, as well as officer positions of Chair and Secretary are open and seeking applicants.

Board members will be elected at our General Meeting. Please indicate your interest in being on the Board with the button below by October 18th, and contact hello@bendscna.org if you have any questions.

I Am Interested!
Public Meeting on Old Mill Shopping District Expansion

William Smith Properties proposes to develop land with three new buildings on the north end of the Old Mill Shops. Two would be at the Wheel Fun Rental site (which would be relocated) and one on the parking lot east of Otter Way. These were anticipated in the Old Mill Master Plan. A public meeting on this development is scheduled for Monday, October 24th at 6 pm on Zoom.  Watch the SCNA website for further details.
Amphitheater Concert Survey

The Hayden Homes Amphitheater at the Old Mill (located in Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association) has just finished its 2022 season of over 50 concerts. Please take a minute to provide your feedback, even if you didn’t attend any concerts.  Survey results will be shared with the concert representatives from the Old Mill.
 
Take Survey
Farewell to Deby DeWeese
Vice Chair/Land Use Chair

After five years serving as the SCNA Vice Chair/Land Use Chair, Deby DeWeese will not be running for re-election at the October General Meeting in order to focus more on her family. In those five years, not only has Deby kept us informed of developments in our Neighborhood Association, from Short Term Rentals to big apartment complexes, but she has also helped many of us understand how to become a “party of record” in order to comment on or appeal a development. In her five years on the Board, she has attended nearly 60 public meetings, which developers are required to hold in order to explain their proposed developments to the public.

In addition, Deby has been one of the most active Land Use Chairs from the 13 Neighborhood Associations representing all of Bend. She has taken her volunteer position further than most by sitting on the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance’s Land Use Working Group, where she helped create Phase One of a website to help neighbors understand the complex land use process in Bend and the State of Oregon. Deby worked on this project for about two years because, as she explained, “I learned very quickly that by the time the public gets involved in the development process, it’s usually too late. The time to get involved is when the City is working on the Comprehensive Plan and changing or writing new Development Codes, like what the City Council is doing right now regarding camping codes and the homeless in Bend. Code is king in Bend and our neighbors need to learn to get involved earlier.” You can find out more at the website Deby worked on here. Work on Phase Two of this site will be starting in a few months.

When Deby traveled around town and saw all the new construction in Bend, she realized that the issues she was working on for SCNA were similar to what other Land Use Chairs were facing, but everyone was facing them alone. So, she organized a monthly, informal Land Use Chair Networking Group for folks working on land use issues in the 13 Neighborhood Associations. Her intent was to provide an opportunity for networking, “letting our hair down,” and foster the education of new Land Use Chairs. That group has become a powerful educational and political force in Bend. You may have attended the group’s educational event for the public, Bend’s first ever City Council Candidate Forum with a focus completely on land use issues. Working with three other Land Use Chairs, Lisa Mushel from Century West (her neighbors “own” the view easement protecting the COID land); Karon Johnson from Old Farm (currently running for City Council); and Bill Bernardy from Summit West (no longer living in Bend), the Land Use Candidate Forum was hosted by Matt McDonald, News Director for Central Oregon Daily News, with live streaming provided by Connect Central Oregon in collaboration with the Oregon State University Cascades Co-Lab and was, and still is, the most highly attended political forum in the history of Bend with over 2000 views either live or via playback on YouTube.

In conjunction with others in the Land Use Networking Group, Deby educated herself on land use issues affecting Bend by attending numerous meetings about upcoming State of Oregon changes to land use laws. She also frequently spoke on behalf of SCNA neighbors at Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings. One change she was able to achieve in Bend was to add the requirement for laundry facilities in any micro-unit development that might be built in Bend. Deby knew these units were going to pass, but was appalled when she realized how few public laundromats there are in Bend. As she put it, “When someone does their laundry in a future micro-unit in Bend and doesn’t have to go out into our Bend winters to do so, they’ll never know that it was me who made this possible, but it’s a legacy I’m happy to have created for future tenants.”

Before joining the SCNA Board, Deby worked for about two years educating her neighbors to the impending development of the COID land. At the request of SCNA neighbors, she focused on protecting the view easement until it expires on April 1, 2034 and worked with Bend Parks and Rec as well as Pahlisch Homes to save the main trails. In addition, she worked to improve the trail entrance to the COID land at Sunny Way. Seven years later, she is passing that work onto others, but is feeling cautiously optimistic about the safety of the view easement and the trails. Roberta Silverman (Robbie) has been assisting Deby over the last year on the SCNA Land Use Team and is now Co-Chair of Save Bend Green Space, the organization working to completely save the COID land and make it a permanent park. Deby has endorsed Robbie as her replacement.

On Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm, come see Deby’s final presentation on all the housing and commercial developments approved by the City in SCNA since last year’s General Meeting and meet and then vote in Robbie as Deby’s replacement. Deby’s last day will be October 21, the day after you vote in a new SCNA Vice Chair/Land Use Chair. If you want to say goodbye to Deby, you can reach her through October 21 at: vcscna@gmail.com
 
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