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Fireworks Ban Reminder

Due to ongoing drought and high risk for fire, last year the Bend City Council permanently banned both the sale and use of fireworks within the city.  This includes even fireworks deemed as legal by the state of Oregon. Violations are subject to a $750 fine and anyone whose fireworks causes property damage or injury could be subject to criminal or civil penalties. Please keep Bend safe by complying with the ban on fireworks. (Professional fireworks displays like those on Pilot Butte are still allowed, as are other displays that get a permit from the state fire marshal.)

Community members are encouraged to report the use of fireworks by calling 541-693-6911, or via email at fireworks@bendoregon.gov. (Email will not trigger a response because it is not continuously monitored.) Use of fireworks posing an immediate risk to persons or property are emergencies and should be reported by calling 911.
 

Home Wildfire Preparedness


Communities have been threatened by wildfire in the past and will continue to be threatened in the future. Living with wildfire means everyone needs to take responsibility and actions to protect their home from the threat of wildfire. Find out more at ownyourzonebend.org from the Bend Fire Department. The commitment to Own Your Zone has the potential to not only save your home but your neighbors, and possibly, your entire neighborhood.

Own Your Zone
Public Meetings for Two Developments Near Old Mill

On Monday June 20 at 4:00pm there will be a public meeting for a proposed 18 unit townhouse apartment development on the vacant lot at 623 SW Mill View Way in the Old Mill District. Download the meeting notification here. Detailed plans will be available at the meeting. The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom. Here is the meeting link. You can also participate via telephone by calling 929-205-6099 and use Meeting ID: 879 5332 0066 and Passcode: 442656, however you will need to be on-line to view the visual presentation.

On Wednesday June 22 at 6:00pm there will be a public meeting for a proposed 3-building, 3-story mixed-use development, including 12,640 square feet of commercial space and 34 residential units on the vacant lot at 325 SW Arizona Avenue across from Market of Choice. This is an extension of a proposal made last year. Download the meeting notification here. The planning web page has additional information and diagrams on the new additions. Similar information from the earlier proposal can be found here. The virtual meeting will be held via Zoom. Here is the meeting link. You can also participate via telephone by calling 253-215-8782 and use Meeting ID: 889 9093 1863, however you will need to be on-line to view the visual presentation.
Other Development Applications in Progress

The latest phase of the Brooksmill Estates development. Another 17 single family homes would be added near the corner of SW Silver Lake Boulevard and Blakely Road. The plans include creating a road connection from this development directly to Brookswood Boulevard. (This would also provide an indirect connection, through the development, from SW Silver Lake Boulevard and Blakely Road.) You can download that plan here.

The large 7 story mixed-use development adjacent to the Box Factory. This project's two buildings with tiered elevations would include 312 apartments above 18,250 square feet of commercial retail space and parking. You can find information and plans at the planning application web page.

Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) property line adjustments.  The City is reviewing 5 property line adjustments that have been requested in preparation for sale of that land to Pahlisch Homes to build up to 750 homes. This open land is located between Brookswood Boulevard and the Deschutes River, from the south footbridge over the river to near McClellan Road. The Planning Department decided the adjustments would not require any public meetings or any public notification. SCNA continues to work with Bend Parks and Rec (BPRD) as well a Pahlisch to save as many of the trails as possible. If you use these trails, you may have noticed that BPRD has added the trail running between Brookswood (near McClellan) and the open land area to their signage. See M20220320, M20220321, M20220322, M20220323, and M20220324.
Recently Approved Developments, Including 495 Housing Units

These developments have recently been approved by the city:
  • 110 SW Scalehouse Loop - 29 lot townhome subdivision. (more info)
  • 1081 SW Mt. Bachelor Drive - 297-unit 6 story multi-unit housing. This is the property bordered by Reed Market, Century Drive, and SW Mt Bachelor Drive. (more info)
  • 419 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive - 168-unit residential development for 55+ age-qualified residents. (more info)
  • 19869 Alderwood Circle - Partition of a 0.21 acre lot with one lot to be developed as a small dwelling unit. (more info)
  • Bend Parks and Rec - Riparian restoration, protection, and public river access project for a 1600 foot section of the Deschutes River Trail on the west bank from the Bill Healy bridge to the footbridge between Farewell Bend Park and Riverbend Park. (more info)
Presentation on Saving Deschutes South Canyon

Save Bend Green Space (savebendgreenspace.org) has produced a presentation that outlines the case for preserving the Deschutes South Canyon as a natural area park. Presently owned by the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), this property located in southwest Bend between Brookswood Boulevard and the Deschutes River is Bend’s largest remaining open space by the river. Watch here to view Save Bend Green Space's presentation where they explain COID’s plans to sell a large portion of the land, why they believe the property is not suited for development, and the environmental and recreational benefits to all of Bend in preserving this treasured wildlife corridor.

Next SCNA Board Meeting
Thursday June 16, 5-7 pm

Woodriver Drive was the top SCNA priority for the Neighborhood Street Safety Program. The project includes pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements and changes to slow down traffic. Starting at 5pm, Christian William with the City of Bend will be presenting what the City is planning to do, including conceptual drawings.

Other agenda topics include: COID Property Updates, SCNA Website Changes.

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 to request 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.
 

Past Meeting Followup

Hayden Homes Amphitheater staff attended our May Board meeting. In response to past loudness complaints, the staff are making some changes to the concerts. The direction of the speakers has been modified, and sound levels will be monitored and kept to 100 decibels or less. If anyone has complaints about the noise, they should call 541-312-8510.


Future Meetings
Thursday July 21, 5-7 pm
Thursday August 18, 5-7 pm


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

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