Boyd Acres Neighborhood Association
September 10, 2018 Meeting
This month we invited a great panel of five experts to discuss transportation issues relevant to our neighborhood. They represented the City of Bend, Metro Planning Organization (MPO), ODOT, Cascade East Transit (CET), and Commute Options.
More than 70 people attended and after the presentation we opened it up for a brisk Q&A! All of the slides they used will be posted on our website.
Karen Swirsky, Sr. Planner of the City of Bend was first up. She explained how the city is coordinating their efforts with MPO, ODOT, CET, and Commute Options as they update their 20 year Transportation Plan. They are presently finishing up on their 2 year work plan which studies existing conditions. They will be having meetings open to the public discussing funding the work projects which be posted on the City of Bend website.
If you have a concern on your street such as an unsafe sidewalk that you think should be addressed by the city you may contact Janet Hruby by using a citizen request form.
Tyler Deke, Executive Director of the MPO, said his focus is on a Safety Action Plan identifying locations where serious accidents occur and how they can be prevented. He also explained the Intelligent Transportation Systems Plan that determines street signals communication and traffic to flow. He gave us 7 key projects they are working on that directly affect our neighborhood:
1. US 97/North Bend Corridor which currently has a budget of $50 million but needs $200 million to be completed.
2. US 20 and Empire with construction slated for 2019.
3. US 20 / Cooley Rd. Roundabout
4. Empire Ave from 18th Street to Purcell which started construction 9/11/18. Phase 1 will be completed by December of this year. Phase II Purcell upgrades will follow and the entire project including the extension of Empire to 27th Street by 2020.
5. Archie Briggs Bridge replacement to start in 2020.
6. Purcell Rd. completion.
7. Purcell Rd. /Neff project.
Richard Williams from ODOT shared their commitment to work with the other organizations. He highlighted their Bend Parkway Study which will help them determine how people use the roads. You are invited to take the survey on their website. In the spring of 2019 there will be an online open house. ODOT is planning for future conditions to prepare for 40,000 more people projected to be living here by 2025.
Michelle Rhodes , Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, and Andrea Breault from CET presented how CET operates our mass transit buses, Dial-A-Ride, and the free river shuttle. They will complete their Master Plan Update this fall. They would like to increase the frequency of bus stops, expand to outlying areas, consider a Bus Rapid Transit using Hwy 97 or 3rd St., and increase regional connectivity with Breeze and Greyhound. She said they need to survey the needs of the community before moving forward with any changes as they are funded by Federal, State, and City grants.
Jeff Monson of Commute Options described his organization as one that educates and encourages citizens and businesses to be proactive with driving alternatives to reduce traffic. They receive some funding from ODOT. Some of their programs include:
1. Teaching kids how to safely bike/walk to school
2. Promoting "Drive Less Connect"
3. Friendly Driver Program
4. Walking to and from school instead of bussing where a guide will walk with groups of children.
5. Worksite Commute Options to encourage businesses to use cars less.
The Q&A subjects included questions about: noise studies, Cascadia earthquake and impact of traffic on 97, Senior citizen transit options, livability and the need to partner with city planners and developers, capacity of transportation system, is a fixed route transit coming to Boyd Acres neighborhood, Juniper Ridge and the Golden Triangle planning and future projections.
Hwy 97 has 50,000 trips/day through Bend, but only 9,000/day through LaPine; during the summer there are 23,000 tourist trips/day.
The meeting closed at 8 pm.
Thank you to all who participated!
BANA Board briefing
Joette Storm’s home
July 30, 2018 1:00pm
Board Members - Joette Storm, Jim Beauchemin, Jeff Silverman, Greta Turillo, Sara Miller
Community - Larry Kierulff
Meeting called to order at 1:00pm.
Jim (LAND USE) - attended Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) meeting who reported on four recommendations:
Jim also attended Notice of Pending Administrative Review regarding the new Thuren Fabrication building near Les Schwab. Nice building elevation - only 2 large trucks traffic addition per day.
Coming up: August 1, 4:00pm - Public PZ-18-0482 - Pre-application regarding extension to the 10 Barrel Brewing brewhouse - 5 new holding tanks, two new silos, 3 building expansions including brewhouse coldroom and barrel warehouse along canal. They need more space for beers that require aging. Relocate chiller and gas, add offices, restrooms, upgrade utilities.
Coming up: August 2, 12:00pm - Site Meeting - The Circuit Gym on the corner of High Desert Lane and Lower Meadow ….. 20,000 square foot building with rock climbing walls, fitness areas, climbing, showroom, children’s climbing area.
Coming up: Written comments deadline of August 6, Notice of Pending Administrative Review 18-0505 - for Aloha Produce off Murray, just south of Lorenz, near the railroad. New produce distribution center. Jim commented on improving architectural detail on the north side and making sure there would be nice landscaping.
On each of these projects Jim Beauchemin has requested the addition of design features and solar panels on the facilities.
Coming up: Notice of Public Hearing PZ-18-0524 - August 13, 5:30 pm Council Chambers - Amendments to the Bend Development Codes, regarding affordable housing incentives. Setbacks (down to 10 feet, unless there is a garage, 20 feet) side down to 3-5 feet, lot size, density incentives associated with affordable housing. Action item: Greta will be submitting a letter for board review regarding our collective concern regarding livable space and not just providing incentives to builders...we need to make sure there’s parking or community transportation plans in place. The State Land Conservation and Development Commission is driving the community expansion and UGB issues.
NLA Report - Matt Bryant (absent)
· Provide Matt with guidance on how to represent BANA at NLA
· The NLA is not independent - each rep needs to come back to his or her neighborhood association and get the opinion and vote of the board.
· Potential action item for our August meeting: Make sure all at NLA understand that the representatives are bringing the collective opinions of the individual boards and that all need to be heard.
Regarding our August Meeting with Mr. Jeff England, CIP Consulting, LLC:
Compliance report for the City
Larry and Joette will develop the report and include accomplishments for the year as well as future challenges.
Important Highlights from our Annual June 2018 Meeting/Picnic
John Skidmore, Assistant City Manager answered many questions we were concerned about and informed us of the following:
· City Council has recently freed up funds for street maintenance by reducing city reserves. They are looking for creative, legal ways to spend transit room tax that is mainly used for marketing tourism. They feel city safety is a higher priority than marketing. The City lost their lawsuit regarding the use of lodging taxes. See: https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/bend/6293576-151/bend-to-appeal-hotel-tax-lawsuit.
· Roundabout at Purcell and Empire will start in the Fall of 2019 and include an underpass for Park access. The sidewalk across the North Canal will then be started.
· Murphy and Empire are the city's solution for East to West transit.
· Juniper Ridge: 3 lots sold to Bend Mailing Co., CID storm water and waste water systems, Thuren Fabrication and Terrain Control Industries that makes bike suspensions. 700 combined car trips per day are allowed before they look at making traffic improvements.
· OB Riley: The new school on Cooley is under construction and it will be required to build sidewalks.
· Stephen Herr of the Community Association Institute offered training on land laws and legal rights to the homeowners of HOA's.
Fire Chief Larry Langston, Deputy Chief of Operations Bill Boos, and Communications Director Jodie Baram presented the rationale for extending a property levy to support Bend Fire Dept. services. The measure will be on the May ballot and will extend the original levy approved in 2014.
Chief Langston said that as Bend grew the money from property taxes was not sufficient to keep up with the demands of a growing community. Response times for the Fire Dept. were not satisfactory and the number of staff fell below national standards. Since the levy has brought in $2.2 million each year he has been able to increase the number of ambulance units and staff and the Department has greatly improved it response times.
A number of partnerships with the Bend Police and St. Charles Hospital have also improved service to those suffering cardiac arrest.
The Department offers free classes in CPR at its North Station on Jamison Rd. the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Anyone interested may call 541-323-6200.
Measure 9115 on the spring ballot if passed will take effect in 2019 extending the levy for four years.
School Board member Julie Craig and REALM Middle School Principal Roger White shared details about the proposed two new high school programs to be located in a leased building on Brinson Blvd. The career training programs will feature two different approaches to learning, REALM, like the Middle School will be team based and experiential.
â€śStudents at Realms High School pursue an academically rigorous and standards aligned curriculum that comes to life through active teaching methods, frequent fieldwork, and inter-disciplinary projects where students address and solve real world problems in our community, including ones related to issues of social justice and environmental stewardship,â€ť according to the school brochure.
Skyline High School, while sharing some of the same values, will offer â€śpersonalized learning plansâ€ť and a flexible schedule.
White said both programs are meant to offer a choice to students and continue the districtâ€™s use of theme based high schools. The programs will be offered to all students on a lottery basis. The goal is for 100 each freshmen and sophomores this autumn, with attendance growing to 400-500 eventually. Students will have a Home School for languages, sports and music and have bus transportation to the career schools.
Jim Beauchemin reported he provided comments to the City regarding traffic issues the new schools will pose. The traffic study estimated 477 vehicle trips per day the first year.
In attendance: Chair Don Leonard, Secretary Larry Kierulff, Vice Chair Joette Storm, Land Use Chair Jim Beauchemin, board members Jeff Silverman, Matt Bryant and 12? sign-ins.
Attendees: Don Leonard, chair, Joette Storm, vice chair, Jeff Silverman, Jim Beauchemin, land committee, Larry Kierulff, Secretary, Joshua Romero, city of Bend, Mike Landolt, Bend Police and 4 other sign-ins.
Attendees: Don Leonard, chair, Joette Storm, vice chair, Jeff Silverman, Matt Bryant, Cindy King, Jim Beauchemin, land committee Excused: Larry Kierulff
Joshua Romero, city of Bend, Eric King, city of Bend, Tim Dragila, Carol Ganzer, John Parker, Jeremy Saltzman, Deb Saltzman, Erin Serra, Ani Kasch, Kathy Roche