Ball Janik LLP assisted the developers of NorthWest Crossing in implementing their cutting-edge vision of new urbanism in Bend. The developers envisioned a mixed-use, live-work development with vibrant streets and parks where people could walk to work, recreational opportunities and restaurants and shops. But the City’s code at the time could not accommodate such development.
Ball Janik worked with West Bend Property Company to create a “Special Planned District” within the City of Bend’s code that would allow this development. The work included amendments to the City’s General Plan and its zoning code, meetings with City staff and neighbors and the drafting of new code and zoning language.
The results have been spectacular. Today, NorthWest Crossing is a vibrant, award-winning community of mixed uses, live-work spaces and a demographically-diverse population. The project is also a model of sustainability. The development preserves mature Ponderosa pines that were originally on the property and incorporates an interconnected street, sidewalk and trail system that encourages residents to use alternative forms of transportation. Every home in NorthWest Crossing is required to be Earth Advantage™ Certified, and one has achieved LEED Platinum for Homes. The development also received the Grand Award for Green Building in the 2008 Awards of Excellence administered by the National Commercial Builders Council (NCBC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).