Bend to Host Two Roundtables with Key Campground Code Speakers

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The City of Bend will bring together a variety of stakeholders at two roundtables next week to receive feedback regarding the camping code currently under development.

The city is developing municipal code provisions to regulate camping on city rights-of-way and city-owned property, such as public streets, sidewalks and landscaped strips in Bend.

A roundtable is a new type of public meeting that aims to create a space for community discussion between community members and the Bend City Council in a less formal setting.

There are no public comments during these roundtables, as the conversation is meant to focus on key stakeholders, including nonprofit service providers, people with current and past life experience outside and the business community.

Two round tables are currently scheduled:

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 at the Council Chambers (710 NW Wall St.) or online. Stakeholders at this meeting will be representatives of the advisory bodies of the Council.Register to view the event online via Zoom
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Barnes & Sawyer Room of the Deschutes County Administration Building (1300 NW Wall St.) or online. Stakeholders at this meeting will include community members experiencing homelessness, non-profit community service providers, community and business groups, and public agencies (including elected officials).Register to view the event onlinenotand via Zoom

Due to space limitations, the City encourages the public to view the roundtables via a live stream, which is listed above and at www.bendoregon.gov/camping-code.

There will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the proposed code before the Board votes on adopting a code later this fall.

About the Camping Code

The City has heard several concerns regarding camping along City streets and sidewalks. 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 it safer for everyone while complying with federal court rulings and Oregon law.

Find out more about the campsite code at bendoregon.gov/camping-code.

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