Bend seeks public input on Central District draft plan

BEND, Ore. - The city of Bend has collected hundreds of comments about how to make it easier to walk, bike and ride the bus in what's called the Central District, the area around Third Street, from Revere to Burnside avenues.

Using those comments, along with input from a citizen technical advisory committee and project team, the city has drafted a development plan for the area.

The city will share this plan at the fourth and final public meeting for this project, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Deschutes County Library Downtown branch, 601 N.W. Wall Street, Bend. Staff will be available to discuss the plan and answer questions.

The plan will look at ways to improve connections for everyone traveling in the area by foot, bike, bus, car or freight truck. It considers ways to develop the area in the future to include a combination of housing, businesses and other uses to create a vibrant area. This type of development is called a "multimodal, mixed-use area" or MMA. The plan is called the Bend Central District Multimodal Mixed-Use Area plan for the Central District.

Businesses in the area will want to attend to learn about potential land use designation changes that might affect their property in the future. For anyone unable to attend the meeting, event materials will be available online along with a comment form on the project website:

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