The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5 PM in the offices of HWA, Inc. located at:
62930 OB Riley Road
Bend, OR 97702
The applicant is Glenn M. Kotara
|Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association||
We are a volunteer group of members, interested in our local neighborhood and the City of Bend. We welcome your participation.
The project will consist of developing a 2.78 +/- acre parcel with 20 residential lots. Each residential lot will contain a duplex - 40 units total.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5 PM in the offices of HWA, Inc. located at:
62930 OB Riley Road
Bend, OR 97702
The applicant is Glenn M. Kotara
Join us for the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA) General Membership Meeting, Elections, and SOCIAL Thursday, February 7 at Bend Parks and Rec District Office River Bend Conference Room located at 799 Columbia Street. Arrive at 5:45 pm to grab some food and beverages and mingle with your neighbors.
Special guests include Mayor Sally Russell, Susanna Julber, Senior Projects & Policy Analyst, Sergeant Landolt, and a surprise bonus, Allison Platt, who will present on the planning for the SCNA's KorPine area. Mayor Russell will talk about her agenda as Bend’s newly elected mayor, Susanna will talk about the new changes to the Septic to Sewer, Project, and Sergeant Landolt will give us an Annual Crime Report. This will be a great informative meeting.
Membership Drive CHALLENGE!
The SCNA member who brings the most guests who live in the SCNA boundaries who sign up to become a member will receive a door prize valued up to $100 dollars donated by one of our members! All you have to do to become a member is give us your name and your email. Membership is free.
Neighborhood Associations (NAs)
Neighborhoods work to improve the livability to their parts of the city. The SCNA gathers once a month on third Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm to discuss and resolve common issues including crime prevention, transportation, pedestrian safety, land use, and the environment. We also have the ability to coordinate social events, programs, and projects. We routinely invite special guests to talk on topics of interest.
Neighborhood vs Homeowner Associations
Neighborhood and homeowner associations are different types of organizations. Neighborhood Associations are open to anyone who lives within the boundaries, whether renter or homeowner. Homeowner associations are limited to homeowners in the area and usually require dues and apply a set of CC&R’s. Neighborhood Associations do not require dues, though sponsorship and voluntary donations help facilitate their work.
Since neighborhoods are participatory organizations, the work they do depends on the interests and motivation of the people who get involved. You can bring issues and concerns to the neighborhood meeting for discussion.
You can contribute to the solution.
Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA)
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA) provides a direct and continuing means for neighborhood association constituent participation and input to the City Council from a neighborhood and community perspective.
NLA membership consists of one member representing each of the 13 recognized neighborhood associations in Bend. Committee members are recommended by the neighborhood association’s board and appointed by the Mayor with the consent of City Council.
NLA fosters communication and awareness of quality of life issues affecting the neighborhoods among the Neighborhood Associations, the City and appropriate entities.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday!
The SCNA meets Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M at 61478 Duncan Lane, Bend, OR.
All who live, work, rent, own, or operate a business in the SCNA boundaries are welcome! NAs are not HOAs. We are a volunteer organization and membership is free. NA’s are not political organizations. We do not endorse or financially back candidates. We are, in part, funded by the City of Bend.
The purpose of this meeting will be a planning session for the upcoming General Membership Meeting and Elections.
There are many opportunities and roles to consider. See below.
Take the CHALLENGE!
Between now and February, the SCNA challenges you to bring one or more neighbors to the January Public/Board meeting and General Member Meeting on February 7th. To up the challenge, invite neighbors that don't live your street. The board is working on providing a reward for the member that brings the most neighbors.
THE URGE TO SERVE? Upcoming SCNA Elections 2/7/2019
Chair: Currently Valerie Pharr. The chair is the NA's leader who serves as a catalyst and manager. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Vice-chair: Currently Aaron Jones. The vice-chair serves as a support person to the chair and the team. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Secretary: Currently Jake Slodki. The secretary serves as a meeting coordinator and recorder. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Treasurer: Currently Aaron Jones. The treasurer is the overseer of finances. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Outreach & communications coordinator: Currently Valerie Pharr. The outreach and communications coordinator is responsible for growing membership, using tools such as social media to share information, and helping others understand our mission. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Event coordinator: Currently Valerie Pharr. The event coordinator designs and oversees ways for neighbors to come together in person to build community. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Program coordinator: Currently Keith Pharr. The program coordinator helps strengthen neighborhood bonds by managing programs such as snow-shoveling for seniors or the neighborhood crime watch. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Land-use coordinator: Currently Jim Larson. The land-use coordinator understands City land-use processes and watchdogs property uses within the neighborhood to alert neighbors about concerns and helps the neighborhood develop in accordance with land-use laws. This position will be open for election or reelection in February 2019.
Public safety coordinator: Currently open. The public safety coordinator works with local law enforcement to maintain or enhance the safety of the neighborhood. This position will be open for election.
Member(s)-at-Large: Currently 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 two-year term. Anybody can be elected to become a member-at-large.
If you are interested in serving in any capacity you can respond to this email or come to our January meeting and express your desire to serve. Remember: We want you!
A note from your Chairwoman
As always, it's been a pleasure to serve. Now is the time for me to pass the torch and encourage others to serve as I step down from the SCNA Board at the end of my two-year term. I will continue to serve as the SCNA NLA representative until that term ends and will wholeheartedly support the next SCNA President. If you have the slightest inking to serve please attend our January Planning Session and throw in your hat. We want you!
Valerie K Pharr
The City and the Climate Action Steering Committee want to gather feedback about the community’s preferred potential strategies to voluntarily reduce fossil fuel use, and are inviting Bend residents to take 15 minutes to participate in an online community survey. Community participation will help the City set priorities for the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The survey will be available Jan. 9 through Feb. 3, 2019 at: go.participate.online/BendClimateSurvey
The survey results will be shared with the Climate Action Steering Committee and will help shape their recommendations for the Community Climate Action Plan.
For more information about the Community Climate Action Plan project, including a link to the community survey, please visit www.bendoregon.gov/ccap.
Beginning on Jan, 1. 2019, parking improvements in downtown Bend will make parking easier, safer, and more available for people looking for places to park.
Here are the five changes coming to downtown:
“We know these improvements might taking some getting used to,” said Drew Dietrich parking demand manager for the City. “We’re going to start off by focusing our efforts on education first. Then we’ll move into enforcement. Our goal is to help people going downtown make the best use of the limited number of parking stalls and have a better experience while doing it.”
For more information on downtown parking, visit www.bendoregon.gov/parking.
City of Bend is holding five public workshops for Bend’s Transportation Plan Jan. 23 – 31. Southern Crossing NA is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at OSU Cascades, Tykeson Hall, Room 111, 1500 Chandler Ave., Bend, OR.
The City of Bend is working with residents and stakeholders to update Bend’s Transportation Plan – a blueprint for a transportation system that will provide more options for getting around while protecting the quality of life that makes Bend a great place. Bend’s Transportation Plan will identify needed transportation projects and a strategy to fund them.
The workshops will provide community members the opportunity to give input on how the City can make moving around neighborhoods safer and more convenient.
The first half hour of each workshop will be for attendees to review work that has been done on the transportation plan to date. The following two hours will be an active workshop where attendees will work together in small groups to provide input on neighborhood transportation needs. Attendees are asked to stay for the entire workshop, if possible, to contribute to all of the workshop activities.
All workshop locations are accessible and children are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, materials in alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats and audio cassette tape, or any other accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Karen Swirsky no later than Jan. 20 at email@example.com or 541-323-8513.
For more information on Bend’s Transportation Plan, visit www.bendoregon.gov/tsp.
The City is seeking applications for one or more seats on the Bend Planning Commission.
Planning Commission members are appointed by the City Council for four-year terms to review and make recommendations regarding land use matters subject to the processes of State law and City code. Consideration shall be given to include representatives of the various geographical parts of the City of Bend, as well as familiarity with land use and development within Bend. The current opening is for a four-year term beginning in January 2019 and concluding at the end of December 2022.
The City Council has focused attention on implementation of the community’s growth plan identified in the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion and accompanying Comprehensive Plan policies. This plan highlights the need for more urban-style development in opportunity areas, infill development, a variety of housing types to meet the community’s housing needs, as well as master planning UGB expansion areas. The Planning Commission will continue to play a key role in the implementation of this plan. Familiarity with the concepts listed above is desirable.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Bend.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019.
For more information regarding the Planning Commission: www.bendoregon.gov/planningcommission
•Submit a one page letter outlining your interest in serving on the Planning Commission to Susy Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org
•Complete an Advisory Committee Application found at:
This fall, the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) met several times. CTAC approved a draft Initial Funding Assessment that recommends a possible funding approach for transportation projects and programs. CTAC also approved a draft list of projects and programs that would form the foundation of the Citywide framework. In addition, the Committee formulated a recommendation to the Steering Committee on how best to meet several large regional needs, including east-west connectivity. These recommendations will be discussed by the Steering Committee on January 30, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, City Council Chambers (710 NW Wall St).
In addition, there are two new or changed dates for brown bags:
Bend residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, to provide input on what affordable housing solutions could ease “rent burden” in Bend.
More than 25 percent of Bend residents have a very difficult time paying for their housing each month. This is called rent burden. The term rent burden applies to renters and home owners and is determined by census data.
Rent burden is defined by looking at the percentage of one’s income spent on housing costs. If someone pays more than 30 percent of their income on housing, they are considered rent burdened. If someone pays more than 50 percent of their income on housing, they are considered severely rent burdened. Paying this amount may lead to financial insecurity, since residents often forego other necessary expenses in order to maintain housing.
“As Bend grows and changes, the City wants to increase affordable housing options to help local families have financial stability,” said City of Bend Affordable Housing Manager Lynne McConnell.
In 2018, the Oregon legislature passed HB 4006, which mandates that cities with at least 10,000 residents and at least 25 percent of its residents experiencing severe rent burden conduct a meeting to discuss causes and potential solutions to ease rent burden. The City of Bend’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will host the discussion about causes of rent burden and potential solutions on Dec. 12.
The City of Bend invites the community to provide input on a variety of topics affecting rent burden including:
- Adding fourplexes and increasing housing supply
- Prioritizing $500,000 of federal funding
- Planning the Central Area
- Locating housing
- Improving public transit
- Training for workforce needs
More information: www.bendoregon.gov/affordablehousing
Two winters ago, with record-breaking snow fall, the City identified locations where on-street parking contributed to increasingly narrow roads that became challenging for two-way traffic flow. During declared snow emergencies, the City will ask that those targeted streets be cleared of parked cars, to help crews plow from curb to curb and prevent unmanageable berms in the travel lanes.
Last winter, the City kicked-off a pilot program to designate targeted Snow Emergency Zone parking restrictions during snow emergencies. However, due to the mild winter, no snow emergencies were declared. The City will keep this pilot program in place in the event of a large snow storm.
Emergency Snow Zones for the winter of 2018-19 are:
After the City Manager declares a “snow emergency,” there will be a 12-hour period of time when parking will not be allowed on these streets. This allows for complete plowing of the street from curb to curb. Once a street has been completely plowed from curb to curb, drivers are welcome to return to the street to park during the snow emergency.
To receive notifications when a snow emergency is declared, people can sign up for “snow emergency notifications” at www.bendoregon.gov/enews to. (Those who have signed up for other news notifications you will need to go into enews and change preferences to include emergency snow zone notifications.) Or, check www.bendoregon.gov if it’s snowing to find out if a snow emergency has been declared. People can also call City of Bend Streets and Operations at 541-323-5980 to find out if a snow emergency has been declared.
The City doesn’t intend to tow cars, but if crews have to tow, to create safe streets, it will be at no cost to the driver and relocation areas will be identified.
“Do your neighbors a favor: Don’t get plowed around,” said Streets and Operations Department Director David Abbas. “Plowing around parked cars can end up leaving a berm that would be difficult for a person with a shovel to remove.”
Everyone has a responsibility to prepare for winter. Learn what to expect at www.bendoregon.gov/winter.
The site is hosted by the Association Board.
“What kind of city do I want in 20 years? A city that embraces all the values underpinning why we love it here now: The natural outdoors, friendliness, clean air, an acceptance of each other, and a pretty good lifestyle overall.”