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From Deby DeWeese - SCNA Vice Chair/Land Use Coordinator
Posted October 1, 2019:
80 Unit Hotel at 623 SW Mill View Way
There is a public meeting on Tuesday, October 8 at 6pm at Sunrise Village Lodge at 19560 Sunshine Way to discuss this project. If you want to learn more about this 80 Unit Hotel project and how to submit any public comments, come to the October 8, 6pm meeting.
Posted September 16, 2019:
6 story, 150 unit Apartment building with parking structure at the corner of Columbia Street and Shevlin Hixon Drive:
There is a public meeting on Tuesday, October 1 at 5:30pm at 360 SW Bond, Suite 500 (Bend offices of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt) to discuss this project. The developer is applying for a height variance. If you want to learn more about this project and how to submit any public comments, come to the October 1, 5:30pm meeting.
Posted August 10, 2019:
New Development at 600 SW Bond Street:
If you would like to learn more about the new development going in at 600 SW Bond Street, there is a public meeting on August 19 at 5:30pm about this 19,000 foot mixed use building, including 2 residential units and a ground floor restaurant. That meeting will be held at the Residence Inn, 2 doors down, at 500 SW Bond St.
Council Decision regarding sidewalk requirements in Woodriver Village:
The Bend City Council entered into new territory by voting unanimously on August 7 to exempt Woodriver Village from City Code and not require sidewalks to be built as part of development in that area of the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association. Instead, builders will need to pay a fee that will go into a fund to "improve sidewalks" in Woodriver Village in the future. A large number of Southern Crossing Neighborhood members sent in emails for and against changing the Code with a majority writing in that they did not want the Code changed. Other Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association members attended the City Council meeting about this and 15 people spoke to the Council about this issue - thirteen were against changing the code, one was for, and one of the speaker's opinion was unclear.
The main reason for the neighbors to not want the change was because of concerns that an exemption would prevent sidewalks from being built in the future on Woodriver Road, a particularly busy road that has become dangerous for pedestrians, bicycles, and our disabled neighbors. They were also concerned about safety on the other busy roads in Woodriver Village that people walk on and bike on to get to and from Woodriver Park, Farewell Bend Park, and the Deschutes River Trail. The two individuals who brought this issue before the Council a few months ago and those who were for the exemption felt that building sidewalks was too expensive, unnecessary everywhere in Woodriver Village, and would change the "rural character" of Woodriver Village. The Planning Commission voted on this issue last month and disagreed with changing the City Code stating the exemption would "set a bad precedent," but the Council disagreed with the Planning Commission with their August 7 decision.
This decision is a compromise, of sorts, and may please everyone who was for or against this exemption as Woodriver Village will not have to build "sidewalks to nowhere" and some of the money that would have gone to those sidewalks will now go toward a fund to build sidewalks on the streets where they are actually necessary. The Council is still firming up the cost to pay into the fund based on square footage with a cap of $5000 being mentioned. In addition, the Council currently has no plans to determine which roads will be given sidewalks and in which order because they expect it will take years for the fund to even have enough money to build the first sidewalk.
At the end of the meeting, Councilor Justin Livingston advocated for other neighborhoods to also be able to bypass City Code and exempt sidewalks and pursue alternative solutions.
August 5th began the application period for Neighborhood Street Safety Program
If you are unaware of this new program please check out the City's website for at this link.
If you are interested in submitting an application, click here for an overview on how to do just that.
Click here for the City's YouTube video about it.
If you have any questions regarding this or want to let SCNA know what ideas you have for improvements contact Deby DeWeese, Vice Chair/Land Use Coordinator for the SCNA at email@example.com or 628-400-3438.
Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA) is holding its 3rd Annual neighborhood family picnic and voluntary trash pickup Saturday, August 24, at Blakely Park. The set up for the event starts at 9 a.m. The trash pickup starts at 10 a.m. for those who want to participate prior to enjoying the picnic that will follow at 12:00 p.m until 2:00 p.m. Blakely Park includes a playground area for families with children. Planned activities include Disc Golf, Cornhole Toss, and a raffle.
This years' event is being sponsored by the Old Mill, Deschutes Brewery, AVID Cider, Safeway, and Lava Lanes.
Please bring a covered dish. Hamburgers, hotdogs and condiments will be provided by the NA. NAs are funded in part by the City of Bend. All who live or work in the neighborhood are welcome!
Click here for the event flyer!
The Board of Directors will be meeting from 6 - 8 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites. We will be going over regular association board business, hearing from our NLA rep regarding NLA business, reviewing the final draft of new association Bylaws and more topics. The meeting is open to the public and we will take your questions and comments at the end. The Hampton Inn & Suites is generously donating their meeting space again to us. It is located at 730 SW Columbia St.
BIG EVENT WEEK FOR SCNA
Hello everyone. It's the 3rd week of the month so that means I'm sending out a reminder about Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association's monthly board meeting. But this e-mail also highlights a couple of other events for you, our members, to get ready for summer. So please keep reading.
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
The Pine Ridge Inn Hotel & Suites is again generously providing a meeting room for our monthly board meeting this Thursday, May 16th from 6 - 8 pm. We will have guests Marney Smith and Brent Joseph from the Les Schwab Amphitheater and the Old Mill District joining us for a brief talk at the beginning of our meeting. Come and find out what's being planned at the Amphitheater and OMD this summer. The Pine Ridge Inn is located at 1200 SW Mt. Bachelor Dr.
Following right on the heels of our "business" event are a couple special nights at Deschutes Brewery:
SCNA HAPPY HOUR @ DESCHUTES BREWERY'S TASTING ROOM
WHEN: Friday, May 17, from 5 - 6 pm
WHERE: Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room, 901 Simpson Ave.
WHAT: Pop-up session with your Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association held at the Brewery’s Tasting Room.
WHY: Your chance to meet someone from your neighborhood association’s board member and learn about what we do. Find out how you can help your association make your neighborhood better. And check out Deschutes Brewery’s Cask Release. I plan to hopefully make this a regular monthly Pop-up at the Brewery.
SCNA SUMMER SAFETY SPEAKERS NIGHT @ DESCHUTES BREWERY -
Mountain Room - Click here to Register (Required.)
WHEN: Monday, May 20th - from 6 - 8 pm.
WHERE: Deschutes Brewery, 901 Simpson Ave. The Mountain Room is upstairs from the Tasting Room.
WHAT: How to have a safe summer. Protect your home and property from fire, create safe neighborhoods and how to be prepared in case of an emergency.
Bend Fire Department:
• What we as individuals and as a neighborhood can do to minimize our risk of fire.
• What is a FireWise community.
• Planting to protect you home.
• Free home inspections.
Bend Police Department:
• Neighborhood risks
• Neighborhood watch
• Residence safety
• Vehicle safety
• Building a safe neighborhood
American Red Cross:
• Disaster Preparedness - helping ourselves and others.
WHY: Because being safe is all our responsibility and we can’t leave it up to someone else.
PLUS: It will be held in Deschutes Brewery's Mountain Room. Deschutes Brewery is generously helping to host this event and will be providing a complimentary beverage. We will also have some raffles and other goodies for attendees.
This is a free event but space is limited. Please register if you wish to attend this event. SCNA newsletter subscribers will get first access to this event.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Please join us at one or all of these events. We'd love to meet you and kick off the start of summer together.
Hello again everyone.
Well, I think we all survived "Snowmageddon" or was it being called "Snowpocalypse" this year? In any case, I hope spring is treating you well so far. We've had some cloudy and drizzly days but there have also been several glorious sunny moments that remind me there is much to enjoy outside in Central Oregon. I'm looking forward to getting out there and living the Bend life. How about you?
But back indoors, we have our Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA) monthly board meeting this Thursday (4/18) from 6:00 pm - 8:00pm. It will be held at Hampton Inn and Suites this month. Everyone is welcome to attend. Their address is 730 SW Columbia St, right along the river and across from the Old Mill.
We have a couple of events for you already planned for this summer with more to come. On May 20th, SCNA will be hosting a Speaker Night in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room! We will have more details soon. However, you can be assured we will have lively and important topics up for discussion as we head into summer. Not to mention the very good likelihood of a great sunset view and incredible hospitality provided by Deschutes Brewery. Deschutes Brewery is generously partnering with us to provide space for our speaker events and additional support for our other community-wide events. So keep an eye out for more details on the May 20th speaker night and other happenings with SCNA and Deschutes Brewery.
Also being planned is our annual picnic, scheduled for August 24th. Be sure to save that date and we will provide more details soon.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Va Piano Vineyards and the staff there (especially Mauri) who graciously allowed us to set an info table inside their tasting room in the Old Mill during April's First Friday. Did you know they have a Sunday Locals Happy Hour? You should check it out.
Again, all are welcome to come to the Board Meeting this Thursday. And if anyone is interested helping out with some fun outreach events such as First Friday in the Old Mill, special SCNA happy hours or "coffee klatch" meetups at our various business partners, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or any SCNA board member.
Below you will find some links to city events and notices. Many of you may already get this information directly from the city or via Next Door. But I'm putting much of what I can that comes over the "news feed" here as a summary between our SCNA e-mail blasts/blog posts.
Thanks for reading,
Rose Blackburn, Chair
Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association
4/15 - 4/20 Traffic and Roads Report
Some interesting videos:
How city budget works
City Council Biennial Goals
Some interesting reads:
Council Goals (in case the videos only piqued your interest and you need more details.)
Bend Transportation Plan
The draft Neighborhood Workshop Summary and Outcomes report has been published
Info on CTAC - the City Transportation Advisory Committee
First Friday Art Walk:
This Friday, April 5th is April's First Friday Art Walk in the Old Mill! Yes, the First Friday Art Walk festivities take place here too - smaller scale and truly focused on the galleries and maybe less on which shop has the best beer or cocktails - like downtown's "Art Walk."
Myself and some Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA) committee members will be hanging out at Va Piano Vineyards' tasting room from 6 - 8 pm to meet anyone who might be interested in finding out a little more about your neighborhood association, while you’re checking out Va Piano and the other shops in the Old Mill during the Art Walk (of course.)
We will be doing this sort of “pop up” meet-n-greet regularly and not just during First Friday. I hope to schedule these outings several days each month at the various business establishments located within our association boundaries. This may include a brewery, winery, coffee shop, bakery and other fun places to visit and hang out. My goal is to make the association more visible and accessible to its residents/members and at the same time find ways to support the businesses in SCNA’s boundary. Hopefully this will end up being beneficial to both the businesses and our members. And yes, I also do hope to grow our membership and volunteer base. HINT, HINT: - I'm in need of socially, outgoing type(s) who might like to be a SNCA host at a “pop-up” session near you ;-) !!
So if you are around this Friday night (weather looks promising in the evening) come check out the Art Walk in the Old Mill and stop in at Va Piano and say “Hi.”
Big Thank You:
A big shout out to the Pine Ridge Inn Hotel and Suites for letting us hold our March monthly board meeting there. Thanks to Todd Wisniewski (General Manager) and MaryAnne Leyen (Director of Sales and Marketing), the hospitality they provided was wonderful.
If any of you haven’t been there, you should make a point of it to at least stop by and check it out. MaryAnn showed us a a very lovely room (she said was a small one - although it seemed like a pretty good sized one to me.) There was quite a lot of space, a fireplace and all the amenities looked high quality and brand new. They are also a dog friendly hotel! It’s a smaller boutique hotel overlooking the river so no large groups to deal with. Instead you’ll get more personal attention along with local craft beer, wine and/or coffees. Perfect for your own staycation if you want to be pampered for a night away from home without traveling far (something I’m thinking of treating myself to in the very near future.) AND I’ve been told they offer some “locals” specials too so whether its for yourself or out of town guests be sure to check out the Pine Ridge Inn. Certainly do it before checking out all the (many) other new ones that keep popping up in our association boundary.
AND SAVE THE DATE:
August 24th will be our SCNA annual picnic. Details to follow.
Until next time,
Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association
You're invited to join us on Thursday, March 21, for our monthly SCNA board meeting from 6 to 8 pm. This month we are being hosted by the kind folks at Pine Ridge Inn. It is located at 1200 SW Mt. Bachelor Dr Bend, OR 97702 P: (800) 600-4095. If you've never been there before come and check it out.
Although we don't have any guest speakers this month, the new board will be reporting on their current activities as well as their goals for this upcoming year. This is a good chance to hear what the members you elected during the February 7th General Membership Meeting have been up to and/or are planning for in 2019.
This will also be a good time to come and find out how you can help your own Southern Crossing Neighborhood by helping out the association. You don't have to be a board member but you can help out on special projects or committees from time to time. Some areas are that need more team members are: membership development (think fun outreach opportunities), business engagement, the Good Samaritan program, communications and social media, events, and land use.
Click here to check out an advanced copy of the March agenda...
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on coming.
Thank you for supporting your Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association.
The Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association's monthly Board of Directors meeting will be this Thursday, February 21 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
This meeting will be held upstairs at Market of Choice, 115 NW Sisemore St, Bend.
The primary purpose of this meeting will be to transition from the previous Board of Directors to the new Board, elected during the Annual General Membership Meeting held on 2/7/19.
The New Board of Directors (BOD) are:
Chair: Rose Blackburn
Vice-chair/Land Use Coordinator: Deby DeWeese
Secretary: None elected on 2/7. Currently vacant.
Treasurer: Aaron Jones.
Outreach & Communications Coordinator: None elected on 2/7. Currently vacant.
Event Coordinator: Valerie Pharr.
Program Coordinator: Keith Pharr.
Additionally 4 individuals were elected to serve as Members-at-Large (MAL):
Karen Bergsvik, Marjorie Meret-Carmen, Kent Pressman and Keith Scott.
(Member(s)-at-Large do not have a specific list of duties. Rather they serve the board's strategic needs as determined by the Chair at any given time. Members-at-Large may have various projects--short or long-term--during their elected term. Any SCNA member is eligible to become a Member-at-Large. MALs do not have voting rights at Board of Director meetings.)
A note from your new Chair:
I look forward to serving the community of Southern Crossing and working with this amazing group of community members who are as dedicated as I am to maintaining the Bend way of life and enhancing livability in this neighborhood. I would also like to thank Jake Slodki and Jim Larson who are stepping down from the board this year for all the hard work they have put in serving this NA. I especially want to thank Valerie K. Pharr who has successfully chaired this association for the last two years and served as Communications/Outreach & Events Coordinator. Her desire to serve this community is obvious and highly commendable as Valerie is staying on as Events Coordinator. She is also SCNA’s liaison on the Neighborhood Leadership Alliance committee. Thank you, Valerie.
I look forward to meeting many of you over this next year at meetings and out about in the neighborhood.
The City of Bend is hosting an affordable housing open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Council Chambers at City Hall (710 NW Wall St., Bend, OR).
The open house will provide information about the Consolidated Plan, the City’s five-year plan outlining funding priorities for affordable housing and community development programs. It provides community members the opportunity to give input on housing and community development needs and priorities.
Input from the open house will help prioritize needs and be incorporated into a draft Consolidated Plan that will be discussed at the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meetings in March and April of 2019. The final draft is expected to be recommended to City Council with a public hearing in May of 2019.
Developing a Consolidated Plan is a six-month process. It includes a survey, public engagement opportunities at Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meetings and community open houses.
Developing a Consolidated Plan is required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and regulations under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The plan establishes goals and funding parameters for the Community Development Block Grant program over a five-year timeframe.
Affordable housing was identified as a top concern for Bend residents in a statistically valid community survey conducted this fall. Increasing affordable housing options is a goal of the City Council and will likely continue to be a top priority for Council in the 2019-2021 biennium.
To learn more about the Consolidated Plan, visit: bendoregon.gov/affordablehousing/conplan.
The site is hosted by the Association Board.
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