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Have Feedback on Changes to City Event Policy? Here’s Your Chance to Weigh In

Ben Hemson
Business Advocate
City of Bend
(541) 388-5529
bhemson@bendoregon.gov

 


In late February the Bend City Council is scheduled to discuss a number of potential policy changes to areas of City code related to events on private property, including Temporary Changes of Occupancy, Noise Variance Permits, and parking plans associated with OLCC License Applications.

 

No matter your viewpoint on these changes I hope you’ll weigh in, feel free to share this message with others that you think may have a perspective. Again, you can take the survey by clicking here or heading to bendoregon.gov/eventsurvey.

You, your business, or your organization has interacted with the City of Bend on one of these processes in the past few years. I’m reaching out with an opportunity to provide feedback via a brief online survey.

 

The survey is posted online, along with background information on each proposed change, at bendoregon.gov/eventsurvey. There are brief questions on each policy proposal, you’ll also be asked for your general feedback on events on private property in Bend.

 


You can read more on what each policy proposal entails on the survey page, at a high level they include:


  • Temporary Changes of Occupancy (TCOs): Limit the number of TCOs that can be issued to three per location, per year.
  • Noise Variance Permits: Maintain the existing standards for noise measurement and approval of variance permit requests.
  • OLCC Applications: Events serving alcohol in private parking lots would be required to submit a parking plan along with their OLCC application, showing how they intend to mitigate the impact of the lot closure.

You can download a more in-depth overview of the each of the changes recommended by City staff involved with event related permitting here.

No matter your viewpoint on these changes I hope you’ll weigh in, feel free to share this message with others that you think may have a perspective. Again, you can take the survey by clicking here or heading to bendoregon.gov/eventsurvey.

Council is tentatively scheduled to discuss the topic at a future meeting. I’ll follow up when that date and agenda is confirmed and available online.

Along with providing input via the survey, I hope you won’t hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or feedback. You can get in touch via the information at the end of this message or by hitting reply to this email.

Thank you for all the work you do here in Bend!

Ben

 

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