“What to Watch”: City Council Quarter 1 & Quarter 2 Decisions Ahead

The Bend Chamber has identified the following items of policy and decision making coming up in Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 for the Bend City Council:

  1. The newly adopted Urban Growth Boundary: What shape will the city of Bend take going forward and how will they annex new properties?  Also:
    • UGB related infrastructure (sewer, water and roads)
    • Neighborhood zoning
  1. Infrastructure: How will the road, water and sewer networks accommodate Bend’s continued growth?
  1. Housing affordability and availability: What ideas and policies will council be putting forward?
  1. Council Goals for 2017-2018: What priorities will the new City Council identify as they adopt their work-plan for the coming two years?
  1. Transportation Network Companies: When and how will companies like Uber and Lyft serve the Bend/Redmond area?
  1. Downtown Parking Guidelines: How will the results of the current parking study inform signage, parking restrictions and space utilization going forward?
  1. Business Related Fees: As city departments review their current fee structures, what can businesses expect to pay for the services they receive?
  1. Budget: How will the city balance it around the various demands for services?
  1. Legislative Priorities 2017: Which concepts will they choose to take a position (if any) and what will the city propose of its own?
  1. Governance Model: What new form might they choose, if at all?

These items will begin to shape the outcome of the Bend Chamber quarterly “Votes & Notes” section of our now bi-monthly Bend Chamber Business Journal.   This “Votes & Notes” section will assist in explaining how and why the Bend Chamber Advocacy Council concludes its decisions in laying out the council “Voting Record” (public information on council voting outcomes that impact Bend business and livability).

For more information on the items above, check the City of Bend website (

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