BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The City of Bend is developing city code provisions to regulate unauthorized camping on city rights of way and city properties, such as public roads, sidewalks and landscape strips in Bend. As part of the Code’s development, the City will host two open house information sessions this month.
The purpose of the open houses is to educate the community on how the development of an unsanctioned camping law fits into the city and community’s response to homelessness.
City officials will share information on the legal principles governing public property regulation in light of recent federal court decisions and Oregon statutes, as well as the process of developing the code, including when community members will have an opportunity to contribute .
The open houses also provide time for community members to ask questions about this process.
Both Open Houses will be hybrid events. The online open houses will be available with live simultaneous translation into Spanish.
The open days take place:
- 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 16 in Council Chambers (710 NW Wall Street) or online
- 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 29 at the District Courthouse (555 NE 15th Street) or online
Both open houses will be streamed on the City of Bend’s YouTube channel. Those wishing to ask questions during the open house should register using the zoom links posted on the Unapproved Camping Codes webpage.
Accessible Meeting Information
These open days are accessible. Sign language interpreting services, hearing aids, materials in alternative formats such as braille, large print, electronic formats or other arrangements are available upon prior request. Please contact Anne Aurand at [email protected] or 541-388-5573 for accommodations. A notification of at least 3 days before the event will help to ensure availability.
About the Unsanctioned Camping Code
Unauthorized camping along city streets and sidewalks is the type of camping about which the city hears many concerns. The Bend Municipal Code does not currently prohibit camping on public property or rights of way. The City of Bend is developing a code to help regulate city-owned property and rights of way to make them safer for all, and intends to regulate unauthorized camping consistent with federal court decisions and Oregon statutes. There will be an opportunity for the community to provide input on the proposed code before the Council votes to adopt a code this autumn.
Learn more about the unsanctioned camping code at bendoregon.gov/camping-code.