A group of residents in a Bend, Oregon subdivision says they don’t want sidewalks in their neighborhood, and they’re fighting to prove it.
The Bend Planning Commission voted this week to not allow a code change that would exempt someone building a new home to install new sidewalks.
That upset neighbors who argued that their streets were too narrow for sidewalks.
Instead, the Planning Commission recommends a neighborhood-wide sidewalk project through a fee at the time of getting a building permit. The money would go toward the funding of larger sidewalks and prevent short, disconnected sidewalks that are “sidewalks to nowhere.”
The City Council will have a public hearing on the possible code change in early August.