BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners continue discussions on a proposal for new zoning, west of Bend. The proposal would create the Westside Transect Zone (WTZ), with 717 acres between Shevlin Park and downtown. Associate planner Zechariah Heck says the WTZ would provide transition space between urban and forested areas. "The Westside Transect Zone has received a lot of interest across the community; most, particularly because of the wildlife habitat management plans and wildfire mitigation plans. The community has been outspoken about support for this proposal because of those two components of the application."
County Commissioners began deliberations Monday and asked for a few changes. "The Board provided some revisions to the code itself. This would be a new code that the county implements and administers," Heck tells KBND News, "Probably the most substantive revisions involve the wildfire mitigation plan." Those revisions will be presented as another draft to Commissioners at Wednesday morning's meeting. Heck says they could ask for more changes. Or, "What could happen, as well, is they could decide that the revisions work and they want to proceed to a vote."
The WTZ proposal includes 187 single-family homes on at least 2.5-acre lots.