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Steps Toward A Greener Future: Building Up Not Out

The City of Bend Looks to Encourage Infill

· land use,oregon,ADUs

By: Rand Campbell

A hub for Oregon’s eco-tourism and home to many outdoor enthusiasts, Bend is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. With these two competing interests at stake, Bendites must balance the need for housing against the environmental costs of development.

One possible solution is building up not out. Investing in infill is one way to limit the environmental impacts that accompany Bend’s growth. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are a tool that landowners within the urban growth boundary can utilize to achieve this goal. ADUs allow the addition of a accessory living space to a landowner’s property. This may allow for additional income generated by residential or vacation rentals. It might also increase property values.

Although ADUs increase the number of people living in a neighborhood, adding homes inside the urban growth boundary decreases the need for urban sprawl, ultimately limiting the environmental impacts of development. A city on the forefront of eco-tourism, Bend is finding creative ways to keep the costs of development in check.

Rand Campbell is a law student at Willamette Law. When he graduates in 2019, Rand is interested in practicing land use law in Central and Eastern Oregon. Van Vactor Law LLC is excited to have him as an extern this summer.

ADUs in Bend, Oregon and Deschutes County.

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