The transportation planning process being implemented in Oregon and Deschutes County is in accordance with the current federal rulemaking and state administrative rules. Together, these establish a decision making framework and cooperative process, including public involvement in the investment of federal transportation funding and the efficient operation of the transportation system.

The major elements of the County's transportation planning processes are described below:

  • Oregon Transportation Planning Rule (OAR 660-12)
  • Deschutes County 20-year Transportation System Plan
  • Deschutes County Major Roads Capital Improvement Plan (MRCIP)
  • Federal Transportation Planning Requirements:
  • Partner and assist with Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO)
Deschutes County Transportation System Plan (TSP)

In an effort to remain prepared for the progressive future of Deschutes County and to meet various legislative requirements, Deschutes County, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Deschutes County, has developed the Deschutes County Transportation System Plan. The plan analyzes the current land use, traffic patterns and operations of all transportation modes in the County and develops projections of the future land use, traffic patterns and mode operations to the year 2030. Based on these projections, recommendations have been prepared addressing the needed improvements to the existing transportation system.

Transportation System Plan Update 2010-2030

Effective November 19, 2012 
Deschutes County has updated its 1998 Transportation System Plan (TSP), which spanned 1996-2016.  The TSP Update covers 2010-2030. The TSP Update is a 20-year plan for the State highways and County arterial and collector roads. The TSP encompasses all modes (air, auto, bike, freight, rail, pedestrian, transit, etc.) The TSP predicts future daily traffic volumes and identifies deficiencies and gaps in the transportation network, proposing transportation projects and policies to remedy those deficiencies and gaps. The TSP Update is the result of several years of transportation and land use modeling; public input; three rounds of open houses; coordination with the cities of Deschutes County and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT); and public hearings before the Deschutes County Planning Commission (PC) and the Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

The Deschutes County Planning Commission held public hearings on Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 15, 2011, and Jan. 26, 2012. The PC held a work session on Jan. 12, 2012, and deliberated on Feb. 9 and 23, 2012.  The PC recommended approval of the TSP Update to the Board. The BOCC held public hearings on April 16 and 23, 2012, deliberating on July 11 and conducted the first reading of Ordinance 2012-005, which implements the TSP Update, on Aug. 6 and held a second reading on Aug. 20.

The TSP Update was funded through a $100,000 grant from the Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program, a joint program of the ODOT and the Department of Land Conservation and Development (LCDC).