BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilors voted Monday night to keep Troy Field as green space. The Bend-La Pine School District wanted zoning of the vacant grass lot changed from Public Facilities to Commercial Limited, so they could sell to a hotel developer and use the proceeds for district projects.
At Monday's special meeting, councilor Victor Chudowsky argued to make the change, saying, “It saves Bend taxpayers money. It takes away an unwanted asset from the school district, an asset that we don’t want and it’s an asset Bend Parks and Recreation does not want.”
But, like a majority on the Council, Doug Knight opposed the request. Knight said, “When you say that nobody wants this parcel, you are dead wrong. Everybody wants it,” a statement that met with cheers from the crowd. He went on to say, “What happens if we award the designation change is that it then becomes commercial property and the public’s interest is forgotten.”
The final vote was 4-2 in favor of maintaining Troy Field's current zoning, with Councilors Chudowsky and Casey Roats voting to approve the change.