The Urban Growth Boundary that Bend has today was first established in 1981 and has been amended since then—but this is the first comprehensive update to the plan. The plan will guide how Bend grows for the next 20 years and identifies what land is urbanizable—meaning able to be used for housing, transportation, employment, etc. Hundreds of people have been working hard on Bend's UGB plan for a number of years.
The UGB expansion plan added 2,380 acres of land to the City of Bend for employment and housing. These expansions are equally distributed to the northeast, southeast, south and north areas of Bend.
To avoid urban sprawl the completed UGB plan is a blend of expansion as well as infill. With redevelopment, about 70 percent of the projected growth in jobs and housing can be accommodated inside Bend's current growth boundary. The rest will happen gradually over time.
Have more questions? Take a look at the City of Bend's FAQ page. Also, this video created in 2013 does a good job of explaining the process and the importance of the UGB: