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What You Can Do About Issues in Your Neighborhood

BendBugWe live in a vibrant, beautiful neighborhood. It’s centrally located and full of amenities that people from throughout our community come to enjoy. This can sometimes cause frustrations for the people who live here. Here are some common questions and issues that have come up, and some answers and information you can use.

With all the people visiting our neighborhood, there’s a lot of traffic. What’s the most effective way to address this?

The City of Bend has a Transportation Safety Advisory Committee that prioritizes, recommends and coordinates traffic safety programs. The committee meets quarterly and is made up of volunteer citizens and city staff. For more information, or to get involved, visit

Slower, Safer, Bend is a grass roots organization dedicated to building a safer, more livable community by focusing on neighborhood street safety. You can find more information on the group and their initiatives at

A business or residence is having a loud party or event. Who do I call to report this?

You can call the Police non-emergency phone number, 541-693-6911. Keep in mind that calls are handled by the Bend Police Department in order or priority. Depending on the volume of calls, noise complaints may not be the highest priority when you call. For more information on what violates the city’s Noise Ordinance, visit, and search for Chapter 5.50 – Noise.

There is a car parked in front of my driveway or illegally parked in my neighborhood. Who do I call to report this?

You can also call the non-emergency phone number, 541-693-6911, for this issue. Just like with noise complaints, calls are handled by the Bend Police Department in order or priority.

There are a lot of establishments serving alcohol in our neighborhood. Can the City stop any more from opening up?

Liquor licenses are issued by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). State law authorizes OLCC to require applicants to obtain a Local Governing Bodies’ (like the City of Bend) recommendation before the issuances of an initial license or renewal of an annual license. However, the OLCC does not govern the Local Governing Bodies’ process. Applicants are required to provide notice to the City when applying for a license from OLCC. The City has 45 days to make a recommendation on a new application, and 60 days on a renewal. OLCC may consider the City’s recommendation, but is not bound by it.

For more information about the application process and approval/denial criteria, visit

Isn’t there a limit to the amount of businesses that can serve alcohol in a certain area?

No, state law does not prohibit the number of liquor licenses that can be issued in a certain area. For more information on Oregon Liquor Laws and the OLCC, visit

I think a business in my neighborhood is over-serving alcohol to its patrons. What can I do?

Most businesses that sell alcohol obey the liquor laws and want to be good neighbors. However, sometimes problems do occur. Public safety is the OLCC’s first priority. If you have information on a business that is not obeying liquor laws, the OLCC wants to know.

If you have a complaint about a business in Bend that sells alcohol, call 541-388- 6292. The OLCC can enforce the liquor laws best when people with a complaint identify themselves and are willing to provide contact information for follow up questions. The OLCC will also take complaints from people who want to remain anonymous. For more information, visit

Many of these issues are complicated and have long-term implications for my neighborhood. What is the city doing to plan for the future and how can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you help shape changes to your neighborhood. Here are some current city projects were you can get involved and stay informed:

Land Use and Transportation Plan for the Central Westside of Bend – In response to OSU-Cascades’ plans for a site on Chandler Avenue, as well as many other proposed activities in the central westside area of Bend, the City sought and was awarded a state grant, called a Transportation Growth Management (TGM) grant, to create a transportation and land use future for the area. An extensive public involvement process will help develop a land use and transportation scenario that allows public and private land to develop in a way that supports the character of the project area and is financially feasible. For more information, visit and click on Westside Bend TGM process in the menu.

Galveston Corridor Project – This project is a collective effort of business owners, property owners and neighboring residences to enhance economic vitality, improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and effectively manage storm water along the Galveston corridor. The goal is to develop a comprehensive improvement plan for the Galveston corridor that addresses traffic, pedestrians, cyclists, business uses, residential uses, storm water quality and management, and landscaping enhancement. For more information, visit

Vacation Rental Discussion – The impact of Vacation Rentals is an important topic for our City. The Bend City Council has responded to a call from neighborhoods to consider issues surrounding vacation rentals, a popular and growing option for visitors in Bend. The City is working to balance neighborhood livability with private property rights and our tourism economy. For more information, visit

Parking Study – The City will be issuing a Request for Proposal for Parking Management Planning for several areas of the community during the early spring of 2015. Two of the areas that will be included are the Galveston Avenue and 14th Street commercial corridors. The scope of work for the project includes data collection, area resident and business surveys and public input via community meetings. The outcome of this effort will be to provide a report to City Council that details options to best manage parking needs in each area. It is anticipated that these two areas of study will dovetail with the TGM grant that the City has received that will evaluate overall transportation needs and potential solutions to transportation issues on the west side of Bend.

Source: City of Bend- FAQs Livability issues

OBNA Newsletter and Update October 2014

Greetings Old Bend Neighborhood!

The following is a summary of the Old Bend Neighborhood Association Board of Directors meeting on October 20, 2014. We hope you find this information to be useful and we’d love to hear from you regarding some of the issues and projects that affect our neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.

All Board members were present:

  • Juan Knutson – Chair
  • Dyan Roth
  • Spencer Dahl
  • John Kelly
  • Stan Roach
  • Brett Yost
  • Mark Weers
  • Robert Almquist
  • Jodell Born

New board member Ben Coffman was unanimously voted in

Please visit the OBNA website at You may contact members of the board by emailing:

Topic: Galveston Corridor Project

Guest Speakers: Nick Arnis (City of Bend), Stephanie Serpico (HDR Engineering)
Recently, the City of Bend has been working with a community Task Force and Technical Advisory Committee to develop streetscape concept designs for Galveston Avenue.

Nick and Stephanie presented the preliminary concepts that have been developed with the vision and goals in mind. These include options to both improve safety and reduce congestion at the intersection of Galveston and Harmon. Other considerations include the possibility for additional on-street parking to help alleviate neighborhood issues concerning parking, congestion, and other problems associated with the popularity of the Galveston Avenue stretch between Harmon and 14th.

The Galveston Task Force is an effort by a variety of volunteers, property owners, and local stakeholders to improve the Galveston corridor. At least three concepts are being considered. The task force is now looking for feedback from interested parties. Anyone interested in providing opinions on the concepts should take an online survey located on The City of Bend’s website.

Topic: Vacation Rental Task Force (VRTF)

The VRTF was formed to help shape decisions about vacation home rentals in Bend. Task Force members will be expected to attend approximately seven meetings between mid-November 2014 and March 2015 to research, discuss and recommend this issue. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 20, 2014.

Various stakeholder groups have been asked to assign a representative to the Vacation Rental Task Force including:

  • Bend Planning Commission
  • Old Bend Neighborhood Association (OBNA)
  • River West Neighborhood Association
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Bend
  • Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB)

During the meeting the OBNA Board appointed board member Spencer Dahl to be its representative. A recent appointee to the board, Ben Coffman, was selected to be the alternate member.

Topic: OBNA Meeting Calendar

The following is a preliminary schedule for meetings scheduled into 2015.

  • December 1st: Board meeting
  • January 12th: General membership meeting at the Environmental Center (more info coming)
  • February 9th: Board meeting
  • April 20th: Board meeting
  • June 15th: Board meeting
  • August 17th: Board meeting
  • September 14th: General membership meeting (location and agenda TBD)

Topic: Troy Field

The Board voted to draft a letter to the school district in support of maintaining public ownership of Troy Field.

Topic: Deschutes River Trail Extension Update – Galveston to Miller’s Landing Park

The consultant is preparing to perform traffic counts on Riverside and Riverfront in an attempt to better understand traffic patterns in the neighborhood prior to recommending which street to focus on for design concepts. During the meeting Board member John Kelly communicated that it appears Riverfront Ave. will used for the extension. You can learn more by visiting the Bend Parks and Rec website at



Watch out for Zombies in the neighborhood on Saturday


Watch out for Zombies in the downtown area on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The Zombie Run – a Halloween themed event – will require some short term automobile lane shifting on Wall Street from the Breezeway to Franklin Avenue during the start of the race. And, don’t worry, it’s just the guy next door in a costume with face paint.

City seeks citizen Task Force for Vacation Rental regulation process

The City of Bend has been experiencing a large increase in the number of vacation home rentals, a popular option for visitors in Bend.  In response to comments from some downtown area neighborhood residents, the City will work with the community to review licensing and permitting requirements for vacation home rentals while balancing neighborhood livability, private property rights and Bend’s tourism economy.

The City is recruiting a community Task Force to help shape decisions about vacation rentals in Bend. Task Force members will be expected to attend approximately seven meetings between mid-November 2014 and March 2015 to research, discuss and recommend programmatic and land use regulations to better manage how short terms rentals are permitted within the City.  Regular attendance is crucial for this effort. The first meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 20, 2014.

The City seeks a range of collaborative, solution-oriented participants to serve on Task Force of approximately 15 people.  The City Council will appoint a group that will work respectfully together to create well-informed recommendations for programmatic and land-use regulations in early 2015. The City recommends stakeholder groups nominate individuals to apply to represent their collective interests. Applicants should understand both sides of the debate, the vacation home rental industry, the land use process and/or have other pertinent experience.

There will be approximately eight to ten at-large Task Force seats to be filled by members of the community. The City intends to distribute those seats evenly amongst:

  • Concerned neighbors who are impacted by the vacation home rentals
  • Members of the community who own, manage or benefit from such rentals
  • Neutral but interested individuals

There will be six other seats filled by representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

  • Bend Planning Commission
  • Old Bend Neighborhood Association
  • River West Neighborhood Association
  • Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Bend
  • Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB)

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2104.

For applications or questions, please contact: City of Bend, 710 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR 97701, 541-388-5505, or visit the website at to find an online application.

Questions about the process should be directed to Jon Skidmore, Assistant City Manager of Operations at 541-693-2175 or

Watch for runners in the neighborhood on Oct. 11

Old Bend and River West neighborhoods,

I know your neighborhoods have been extremely busy in recent months which is why I wanted to give you a heads up that the City is processing the permit request for a running event called the Bend Beer Chase, a 70-mile, one-day, six-person running relay consisting of 12 legs of varying distance, which will pass through your neighborhoods on the evening of Saturday, October 11. City staff have asked race organizers to be exceptionally diligent in signage and other neighborhood considerations. There is no traffic control program, meaning, traffic will not be stopped. Runners are required to follow regular pedestrian rules. Below I’ve attached the route map as it passes through your areas. Please be aware of runners on the road.

See: for more info.

Thank you,


Anne Aurand | Community Relations Manager
City of Bend