The Department of State Lands on Tuesday gave the green light to a plan to sell a large tract of land on the east side of Bend.
In 2016, the City of Bend annexed 382 acres of land at the corner of 27th and Stevens Road, bringing the plot into the Urban Growth Boundary. That portion of the 640 acres “Stevens Road Tract” was approved for sale.
Bend Mayor Sally Russell, State Rep. Cheri Helt and State Sen. Tim Knopp all testified to the State Land Board in favor of the sale, saying it would benefit the Common School Fund and the city.
They told the board there is already a comprehensive plan for the Stevens Road Tract, which includes a “complete community” with jobs, schools and open space.
It also attempts to address transportation and housing needs for the area.
More than 50 percent of the housing in the area would need to be multi-family or single-family attached, according to the testimony at Tuesday’s hearing.
Currently the land is a popular place for dog walkers, hikers and joggers. Several public meetings were held over the last couple of months asking for public input on the proposed sale.
In January, the state’s brokerage team will begin marketing the property for sale to interested developers.