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Public Hearing Scheduled for May 16 on the OSU-Cascades Buildout

City Council Recap – May 2, 2018

Courtesy: Tor Hanson, Bend Chamber Special Projects Reporter


With OSU-Cascades vice president Becky Johnson in the audience, Planning Manager Karen Swenson presented the proposed buildout of the university. The presentation is a precursor to a decision on text amendments to the Bend Development Code for the OSU-Cascades Master Plan and Zoning Map Amendment.

The plan calls for four different phases to take place on a total of 118 acres. The 46-acre parcel to the west of the existing campus is a former pumice mine, while the 72-acre parcel to the north is the former Deschutes County construction and demolition landfill.

The phased buildout is scheduled to be completed by the year 2034 or by the time the university reaches 5,000 students – whichever comes first. The master plan for the 16-year buildout includes the Core District, Innovation District, Recreation District, and Residential District. Each phase is tied to an increase in student enrollment, with phase 1 and 2 split in two sub-phases. The first phase (1A and 1B) includes buildings for student housing and campus life as well as road and parking infrastructure.

The master plan is triggered by requirements for higher education institutions 10 acres and larger and the rezone is to ensure consistency with the underlying Comprehensive Plan Designation. The two applications in question are PZ-18-004 Master Plan and PZ-18-0005 Rezone.

The university is currently working with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on a remediation plan for the area.

City council has scheduled a public hearing at their May 16 meeting.

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