Deschutes County Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Community Development Department Work Plan

Deschutes County residents are invited to provide input on the Deschutes County Community Development Department (CDD) work plan for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the work plan on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will be held virtually and in person at the Deschutes Services Center, 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend.

The CDD work plan outlines the department’s planned projects and goals for the coming year, including:

  • Maintain high levels of customer service while continuing to implement post-pandemic business operations, including audience engagement strategies with hybrid, in-person and virtual engagement strategies
  • Address housing opportunities by collaborating with cities, county property manager, and exploring rural housing strategies as permitted by state law
  • Amended Master Plan and Zoning Code to Implement SB 391, Rural Accessory Dwelling Unit Legislation
  • Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan Update Launched
  • Modification of the overall plan and the zoning code to incorporate a new inventory of mule deer wildlife habitat
  • Developed a work plan to amend the overall plan and county code requiring defensible space and fire resistant building materials in accordance with SB 762, Wildfire Mitigation
  • Coordination with Bend, Redmond, Sisters and La Pine on growth management projects, including comprehensive plan updates and changes to urban growth boundaries
  • Tumalo Community Plan Update
  • Updated the County Transportation System Plan in coordination with the Department of Highways and created a Sisters Country Rural Trail Plan.

“Each year, public input shapes the Planning Division’s work plan. Community feedback is essential in helping us determine our priorities,” said Peter Gutowsky, Director of Community Development.

The draft CDD work plan is available at

The County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Community Development Department’s full work plan later this spring.

For more information on the work plan process or the public hearing, please call (541) 385-1709. Written comments on the draft work plan can be submitted by email to [email protected]

About the Deschutes County Community Development Department: CDD’s mission is to facilitate orderly growth and development in the Deschutes County community through coordinated programs of land use planning, environmental soils, buildings, code enforcement, education and public service.

Press release published: March 8, 2022

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