West Side Transect Zone to become official on April 16th
In September 2018, the Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners approved a plan to re-zone approximately 700 acres of privately owned land on just outside of Bend city limits on the Northwest side of town to a new zoning that can support up to 187 single family residential lots no smaller than 2.5 acres. This decision is set to become final on April 16th 2019. This land was zoned as Urban Area Reserve and Surface mining. Part of the purpose of the proposed plan was to create a unique urban/wildlife interface between the National Forest and Bend’s West side. The zoning change also incorporates new fire prevention guidelines similar to what is used in the nearby Tree Farm subdivision of Bend.
According to Zechariah Heck, a Planner with Deschutes County, once the zoning change becomes official, land owners and developers can submit applications for proposed subdivisions. The image above is from Deschutes County Community Development and highlights the 700+ acre parcels that will be part of the West Side Transect Zone, which can accommodate a maximum of 187 single-family residential lots.
This is one of several new developments to come online over the next year, including Discovery West located between Northwest Crossing and the Tree Farm, plus a handful of smaller developments surrounding Three Pines Ridge, Three Pines, and Shevlin Estates.
For links to the county site on this change click HERE
To view the final decision of the hearings officer click HERE