City Council Recap – May 2, 2018
Courtesy: Tor Hanson, Bend Chamber Special Projects Reporter
Bend’s newest citizens’ committee got a seat at the table during the May 2 council meeting. The council voted unanimously to allow the formation of the citywide Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA), giving the new committee the same status as the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB), Planning Commission, and Affordable Housing Advisory Committee in how the committee works with city council.
The second reading of the ordinance is on the calendar for May 16. If everything goes as planned, the Neighborhood Association Boards will propose committee members, subject to Mayoral appointment and Council approval. Although the NLA will be elevated to a citizen committee with ties to city council, the formation of the new organization will not diminish the autonomy of the individual neighborhood associations.