Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) Canal Area Land Development
Dear Southwest Bend Neighbors,
The Southwest Bend Neighborhood Association (SBNA) will be asking for your input in the coming days and weeks concerning some issues related to the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) land. The COID property is located west of Brookswood Blvd., east of the Deschutes River, a narrow tongue that stretches as far south as River Canyon Park and the northern boundary is a bit north of Rock Bluff Lane. The property generally follows the rim of the river but broadens out east towards the rim rock behind Gorge View, Brianne Place, Quail Pine Loop, Powers Road and Rock Bluff Lane. This land includes part of the Bend Parks and Rec Deschutes River Trail easement and a bridge across the river to the west side of the river. At this time, the COID property lies within the SBNA boundaries.
There are a number of access points and trailheads within the SBNA. The “Canal Trail'' begins next to River Canyon Park off of Pine Drive and runs the length of the COID property and ultimately continues under Brookswood Blvd. to points as far as Pilot Butte. From the Canal Trail one can drop down to the Deschutes River Trail using several connecting trails. Multiple freelance trails crisscross the area. There is a trailhead near the water tower on Brianne Place. An unofficial access point is also located on Rock Bluff Lane. In addition there are several trails that originate off of McClellan Road within the Southern Crossing Neighborhood Association (SCNA).
You may have heard through the grapevine that the COID property is going to be developed. Efforts are underway to learn the facts concerning this potential development. So far what is known is that at this time COID and Pahlisch Homes are in a preliminary contract. This means that Pahlisch is interested in purchasing and possibly developing 720-750 houses on the COID property. There are two tax lots within the property; one is about 100 acres the other about 34 acres (see the pink and orange shaded areas in the map above). CIty code allows this development because the zoning of this property was changed in 2016 to Residential Standard (RS). There is a view easement held by Mt. Bachelor Village condos until 2034 which could delay development on part of the land. Presently no application for development has been submitted to the City. There are many unanswered questions such as where would ingress and egress be located, how would traffic issues on Brookwood and neighborhood streets be handled, and more.
Many of us spend time walking, running, biking, exercising our dogs, birding, exploring, and enjoying this natural, open space. Some folks use the trail system as transportation to the Old Mill, Fred Meyers, downtown and beyond. This is a special place beloved by many from all over Bend, not just our neighborhood. Several members of the SBNA are working with members of the SCNA to save this area as a park. You can read about our idea by clicking here.
Please be on the lookout for a survey in the next couple of weeks requesting your input on this critical land use issue!
Please join us at our online only Spring General Meeting, April 15th starting at 6:30 pm. This important issue will be on the agenda. Please register by going to the SBNA Website and clicking on the REGISTER HERE on the homepage!
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