Bend’s character is profoundly influenced by our natural beauty. As Bend grows, especially with pressing housing shortage, tension has arisen between preserving trees at large developments & unfettered building. City Council, responding to residents concerns about loss of trees, especially mature trees, convened a council of diverse interests & perspectives to advise how to strike a balance of healthy growth & tree preservation.
The Tree Regulation Update Advisory Committee or TRUAC, was created in 2023 to recommend potential new solutions that balance preserving trees with building needed housing.
Provide consistency among codes
Drive clear and objective standards
Consider preservation Standards
Consider alternatives to Tree Preservation
Identify Tree Inventory Program
Apr - May, Committee Selection
Jun - Sep, Committee Hearings
Sep - Oct, Public Outreach
Oct - Nov, Planning Commission work sessions and hearings
Nov - Dec. City Council work session and public hearings