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New Library Location Draws Criticism

The Bend Planning Commission has recommended code changes to approve the location of the yet-unbuilt new Deschutes Public Library System. The code changes, reviewed by the commission Monday, would allow the location of new public library to be annexed into the city, despite questions about acreage requirements. The new library would be built off U.S. Highway 20, inside north Bend’s urban growth boundary, but outside city limits. In 2020, Deschutes County voters approved a $195-million-dollar bond  to finance the 100,000-square-foot library and for improvements to other libraries in the county. During Monday’s meeting, opponents of the project said approving code changes for the project undermines the local land use system.

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