The Department of State Lands has signed a $22 million sale agreement for the Stevens Road Tract. Read the announcement.
The State Land Board in December 2019 approved the sale of a portion of the Stevens Road Tract, located in southeast Bend at the intersection of Stevens Road and 27th Street.
The 382 acres to be sold were brought into Bend's urban growth boundary in 2016. Bend's comprehensive plan calls for those acres to be developed into a complete community with a mix of housing and employment types.
The remaining 261 acres of the Stevens Road property, which are outside the urban growth boundary, will remain in state ownership.
The tract is Common School Fund land. School lands were
granted to Oregon by the federal government to fund public education and are
managed to obtain the greatest benefit for schools. The Department acquired the
tract from the federal government in 1997.
Since gaining ownership, DSL has taken multiple steps to
ready the land for development and fulfill its responsibilities as stewards of
school lands. Stevens Road key events timeline
In October 2017, the State Land Board directed DSL to
begin due diligence work to prepare for a potential sale. That work included
rezoning the 261 acres outside the UGB, a survey and property line adjustment
to separate the land inside and outside the UGB, evaluation of the property’s
value, and discussions with the community and stakeholders to gather input on
potential sale and development.
Property documents and materials
Oct. 17, 2017 Land Board agenda item