Is Bend Big Enough?

According to recent census reports, Deschutes County is the 7th fastest-growing metro area in the country – adding 4,400 people in the last year. Unlike the rest of the country, Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone was quoted as saying, “We had a positive population growth even during the recession”. With the rapid increase of people moving to Central Oregon in combination with less than 1 percent of available rental housing inventory, one must question if we have the resources to sustain the influx. To answer this, the community as a whole may need to take a serious, thoughtful and immediate look at the expedited expansion of the urban growth boundary, a discussion that has already been ongoing for years.