The Community Development Department recently analyzed the County's agricultural lands program to determine if changes are needed. This analysis included community outreach with six public meetings held throughout the County during the month of May 2014. These meetings provided the opportunity for residents and community members to review existing conditions, understand emerging issues, and provide feedback about the opportunities and challenges facing Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) designated lands. In addition, several stakeholder meetings were held at the request of those organizations to d
In 2010, the Board adopted new criteria and procedures for updating its Destination Resort Maps. In November 2011, the Board formally modified its comprehensive plan and overlay zone maps by removing 91,701 ineligible acres; maintaining 17,560 eligible acres carried over from the original 1992 map; maintaining 3,187 acres from the original map based on 908 “grandfather” requests; and adding 3 sites totaling 1,255.17 acres. The updated destination resort map now identifies 22,002.17 eligible acres, reflecting an 80% reduction from the one originally adopted in 1992.
Deschutes County received two Technical Assistance Grants from the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in 2010 to evaluate Central Oregon’s opportunities, competitiveness, and ability to recruit new and locally grown firms requiring new large scale development models. Johnson-Reid, LLC was selected from a pool of consultants to develop a Regional Economic Opportunity Analysis (REOA). Over the course of eleven months, the REOA went through several iterations with the assistance of a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).
The County coordinated with the cities of Bend, Redmond and Sisters to develop the population forecast through the year 2025. The forecast predicts a countywide population of 240,118 by 2025.
The population forecast is a tool for the cities and the county, state agencies and utilities to use in planning infrastructure. Bend, Redmond and Sisters will use the forecast to determine how much land will be needed for residential, commercial and industrial uses.
The keeping of livestock in a rural residential setting is common in Deschutes County. It can provide income, companionship, visual aesthetics, and educational opportunities. However, if not implemented appropriately there can be negative impacts on the environment, the animals, and the livability of the area.
In May 2013, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) selected Deschutes County for two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000.00. After finalizing a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA, the Community Development Department (CDD) released a Request for Proposals, seeking a qualified consulting firm to assist in implementation. CDD received thirteen proposals. A review committee selected APEX Companies, LLC, and a contract was signed in November 2013
Extensive field research and study has shown that the groundwater underlying south Deschutes County is threatened by continued use of traditional onsite wastewater treatment systems (standard, pressure distribution and sand filter systems). In addition, the La Pine National Demonstration Project showed that new types of onsite systems can protect the groundwater in a manner that meets the adopted Comprehensive Plan goals for Regional Problem Solving for South Deschutes County.
The Oregon Department of State Lands, which has peer review under state law, approved the South County Local Wetlands Inventory (LWI) for the La Pine subbasin on July 19, 2011. The LWI is now officially incorporated into the State of Oregon's wetland inventory database.
Funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant, Deschutes County convened a Technical Advisory Committee to assist the County in developing financial assistance program for drinking water protection actions for south Deschutes County. The Committee represented diverse perspectives in seven meetings over a 10-month period beginning in July 2005.
The Committee raised a number of issues that staff grouped by category. The group reached a primary milestone in December 2005, when the Committee recommended: