Land Use in Mountain View NA

One of our primary goals is to monitor land use and development in our neighborhood.

Our Land Use Chair is Carol Elwood.

Contact us if you have questions or concerns about land use in our neighborhood.

For more information about Land Use in general or how to submit an effective public comment on a land use issue or development application, please see our Frequently Asked Questions!

Below are links to current land use notices in our neighborhood (newest at the top).

June 2021 Land Use Notices

By Mountain View Neighborhood Association | June 2, 2021
  • PETROSA: Plans for their neighborhood park have been submitted, and comments will be accepted until May 10, 2021 PLSPR20210380

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Spring 2021 Land Use Notices

PETROSA: Plans for their neighborhood park have been submitted, and comments will be accepted until May 10, 2021 PLSPR20210380 COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR 2 SHORT TERM RENTAL APPLICATIONS, PATTERSON CIR PL20-0798 and PL20-0799Comments accepted until April 30, 2021 ST CHARLES: APPROVAL TO REPLACE AND REMOVE EXISTING COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT PLWBF20210142 SMOLICH MOTORS: APPROVAL OF SITE PLAN MODIFICATIONS, AND WAIVER OF PUBLIC…

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Feb / Mar 2021 – Land Use Notices

MARCH 8TH PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING PLTEXT 20210122 – Proposed Code amendments are for temporary housing. MARCH 17TH COUNCIL HEARING, same topic MARCH 3RD COUNCIL HEARING ON SIGNS PLTEXT 20200998 –  Code amendments was discussed on BDC 9.50 pertaining to signs. MARCH 3RD COUNCIL HEARING ON PETROSA MASTER PLAN PLMOD 20210109 – Expansion of Petrosa Master Plan to include ~9 acres of…

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2020 Land Use Notice Archive

SHORT TERM RENTAL APPROVED – 21381 Pelican DriveSHORT TERM RENTAL – 1925 CLIFF DRIVEThere was an earlier notice in October for this short term rental application. The only difference I note is that it was previously identified as 5- bedroom house, and current notice for the same address calls it 4- bedroom. Comment period now ends…

Mixed Use Building at Connors and Tucson

Land Use FAQs and Comment Instructions

What is land use? Land Use 101

Land use involves the management and modification of natural environment or wilderness into built environment such as settlements and semi-natural habitats such as arable fields, pastures, and managed woods. Land use by humans has a long history, first emerging more than 10 thousand years ago. It also has been defined as "the total of arrangements, activities, and inputs that people undertake in a certain land type." -Wikipedia

City of Bend Land Use 101 Presentation

Submitting Land Use Comments
The public may submit comments on land use applications within the stated comment period. All written comments should be directed toward the criteria that apply to the request.
 
Whenever possible, it is helpful if you reference the Code, and state why or why-not a project conforms or does not conform to the code. You must refer to the project number (PXXX000000) in your written comments.
 
Written comments should be emailed to the staff reviewer on the project, and/or mailed to the Bend Planning Division, 710 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97703.
 
You can also submit printed or handwritten comments in person at the City’s planning desk.
Sample comment letter
If you would like to submit comments on an application via email or letter, here’s a template:
 

 
To: xplanner@bendoregon.gov [planner assigned to file]
Subject: PXXX200000 [project or file number(s)]
 
Hello,
 
This comment is in reference to PXXXX20000 [project or file number]. I oppose/support/have concerns about this application for the following reasons…[your opinions, concerns, or comments.]
 
Thank you for your consideration,
 
Jan Q Citizen [your name]
[your address]
[your phone number]
 

 
Handwritten comments can follow a similar format.
 
If there is a hearing for a particular issue scheduled before either the Planning Commission or the City Council, you are similarly welcome to comment. If meetings are held in person, they are typically at City Hall; if online for COVID-19 restrictions, the announcement will include how to access the meeting, and what to do if you want to testify. Comments may also be emailed to the Planning Commission (cityplannigcommissionall@bendoregon.gov) or City Councilors (council@bendoregon.gov) prior to the hearing.
Bend Code (Municipal Code or ‘Muni’ Code)

Municipal codes cover most City Laws regarding issues such as:

  • General City Administration
  • Noise, nuisances
  • Business licensing
  • Public rights-of-way
  • Revenue and taxation
  • Public protection
  • Fire and Building (Adopts Oregon Fire and Building Codes
  • Sign Code (Chapter 9.50) Landmarks Code (Chapter 10.20)
What is Bend's Development Code (BDC)?

Development Code (Chapter 10.10 of Bend Code):

  • Anything that regulates land use
  • Implements the land use and development policies of the General Plan
  • Regulates by zoning districts, states what uses are allowed in each zoning district
  • Has standards for development and processes for obtaining land use approvals
  • Applies city-wide
  • Violations of the Code are civil infractions
    • Codes are not voluntary or advisory
  • Council traditionally encourages voluntary compliance with the Development Code, but fines could be imposed
  • Any restrictions set by HOAs (CC&Rs) are legal contracts between the homeowners and outside the City Code
    • May be more restrictive than City regulations
What are zoning districts?

General Districts:

  • Zoning Districts – different permitted uses and regulations/standards by district Special Districts
  • Overlays/Special Planned Areas – additional or different regulations than the underlying zone
  • Sign Districts – six districts with differing sign allowances
What is the Planning Commission?

Planning Commission

Final decision maker on some applications:

  • Waterway Overlay Zone
  • Mixed Riverfront master plans

Advisory recommendations to City Council on legislative land use matters (e.g. Code updates)

Citizen Involvement Committee

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