Deschutes County Mule Deer Inventory Update: Public Information Sessions Next Week!

The Oregon Chapter has been advocating for Mule Deer in Deschutes County and the County's project to amend the Mule Deer Winter Range Combining Zone is entering the critical next phase.  Your chapter board is in the process of reviewing and analyzing the proposed code amendments to prepare some questions for the information meetings and testimony for the Planning Commission hearing.  We want to highlight these opportunities for supporters who want to learn more about the proposed amendments and project process. We encourage you to attend one of three public information sessions, where staff from Deschutes County and ODFW will share information and answer questions.  Then, on April 13th, the Deschutes County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and we are encouraging supporters to attend and testify.

You can find four documents (Linked Below) with information on the Deschutes County Planning Department's proposed 2023 mule deer winter range combining zone. This includes maps and documents describing the new development code.

There will be three informational meetings (April 4th, 6th , and 10th) and a public hearing (April 13) on the proposal:
Informational Meetings 


The Deschutes County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on April 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. The hybrid public hearing will take place at the Deschutes Services Center, Barnes & Sawyer Rooms (first floor) at 1300 Wall Street, Bend, OR 97703. We anticipate holding additional hearing dates after April 13, which will be determined at the initial hearing.

The Planning Commission will hold a work session on March 23 at 5:30 p.m. This is a work session only and verbal testimony will not be accepted at this meeting.

After the Planning Commission closes the public hearing(s), deliberates, and issues a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners, there will be a second round of hearings before the Board of County Commissioners at a later date.

Remote attendance information and meeting materials can be found at approximately one week prior to the hearing. Written testimony for the record may be emailed to the staff contact listed below.

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