The Deschutes Public Library system faces a setback in its plans for a new 100,000 square foot central library in north Bend. This follows the City’s reluctance to approve a land use exemption that would be necessary to get the project off the ground quickly. The central library project is included in several items that will be financed by a $195 million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2020. It will now likely have to find a new path forward in light of the Bend City Council’s stance against granting an exception for the city’s annexation process. The proposed location for the central library is in an urban growth boundary expansion area, within the growth boundary but outside of city limits.