Chair of Bend planning commission quits in frustration
BEND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of Bend’s planning commission is resigning in frustration over low public participation and what he says is a lack of influence.
The Bulletin reports Friday that Bill Wagner told Mayor Casey Roats in a letter that Bend’s planning process is dominated by city employees
He also feels that are set in stone before they are brought to the commission for a vote and there is resistance to making any changes.
He says his biggest frustration was for the process to develop a master plan for Oregon State University’s Cascades campus.
Wagner has been on the commission in the fast-growing city since 2011 and became its chairman in 2013.
The 74-year-old will leave the commission at the end of this month.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com