Chapter 2.6


2.6.100    Purpose and Applicability.

2.6.200    Permitted and Conditional Uses.

2.6.300    Development Standards.

2.6.100 Purpose and Applicability.

A.    Purpose. The Public Facilities (PF) Zoning District is intended to provide area for buildings and facilities that are owned and operated by Federal, State, or local governments, public utilities, special districts, or nonprofit organizations which are used to provide governmental or public services. This zone also provides for school sites, public park and recreational facilities, natural areas, trails, wetlands, and similar types of open space owned and managed by a local government or special district.

B.    Applicability. The PF Zoning District is identified on the City’s official Zoning Map. The properties identified within the PF Zone shall comply with the provisions of this chapter. [Ord. NS-2195, 2013; Ord. NS-2016, 2006]

2.6.200 Permitted and Conditional Uses.

A.    Permitted Uses. The land uses listed in Table 2.6.200 are permitted or conditionally allowed in the PF Zoning District, subject to the provisions of this code.

B.    Existing Uses. Uses and structures lawfully established within the Public Facilities Zone under previously effective land use regulations may continue subject to BDC Chapter 5.2.

Table 2.6.200 – Permitted and Conditional Uses 

Land Use


Publicly owned buildings such as City Hall, County courthouse, administrative buildings, library, museum, fire station, public safety training facilities, and similar structures, but excluding correctional facilities


Public parks, playgrounds, swimming pool, skateboard park, pedestrian/bicycle trails and similar public recreation facilities


Publicly owned and operated community meeting halls, lodges, and conference halls open to and used by the general public


Public reservoirs, well sites, pump stations, utilities (above ground), and similar utility buildings or structures


Institution of higher education




Trails, natural areas, open space, future park sites, and similar public or special district-owned lands with no or minimal improvements


Accessory uses and buildings customarily used to support a permitted use or an approved conditional use


Minor repairs and maintenance to any permitted or conditional use


Parking lots and parking areas to serve a permitted or conditional use


Public utility maintenance facilities and operation yards with outdoor storage of materials and supplies


High schools operated by the Bend-La Pine School District


Ball fields, sport complexes, and similar outdoor recreational areas that have night lighting or amplified sound systems


Wireless and broadcast communication facilities

See BDC Chapter 3.7

County solid waste disposal sites or solid waste transfer sites


Correctional facilities for adults and juveniles including work farms and training centers


Park sites with outdoor amphitheater or facilities for community events such as music or theater performances, and similar events


*Small hydroelectric facility


Key to Permitted Uses

P = Permitted

N = Not Permitted

C = Conditional Use

*    Special standards for certain uses subject to BDC Chapter 3.6 and BDC 2.1.900.

[Ord. NS-2289, 2017; Ord. NS-2264, 2016; Ord. NS-2195, 2013; Ord. NS-2158, 2011; Ord. NS-2016, 2006]

2.6.300 Development Standards.

Development standards provide building separation for fire protection/security, building maintenance, sunlight and air circulation, noise buffering, and visual separation.

Table 2.6.300



Lot Area

No requirement

Lot Width

No requirement

Lot Depth

No requirement

Front Yard Setback

None, except when abutting to a Residential Zone, then the front yard setback to a building or parking area shall be the required setback of the abutting Residential Zone

Side and Rear Yard Setback

None, except when abutting a Residential Zone, then the side or rear setback to a building or parking area is 10 feet. The required side and rear yard setback shall be increased by one-half foot for each foot by which the structure exceeds 20 feet in height

Building Height

35 feet except where a setback of 100 feet can be provided the building height may be a maximum of 55 feet. If the abutting zoning district allows buildings taller than 35 feet, the height of the abutting zone may be applied to the PF Zone

Lot Coverage

No maximum requirement

A.    Other Requirements.

1.    In addition to the requirements in BDC Chapter 3.3, parking and loading areas abutting or directly across the street from a Residential Zone shall be set back the minimum front yard setback as indicated in Table 2.6.300. This setback area shall be appropriately landscaped along the residential street frontage to protect the character of the adjoining residential property and to shield vehicle headlights.

2.    All service, repair, processing, or storage on property abutting or across the street from a Residential Zone shall be conducted wholly within an enclosed building unless screened from the Residential Zone by a site-obscuring fence or wall.

B.    Special Design Standards. All buildings constructed within the Public Facilities District shall be reviewed for conformance with the standards in subsections (B)(1) and (2) of this section unless otherwise specified in this code.

1.    Building Mass. Where building elevations are oriented to the street in conformance with BDC 2.2.500, Site Layout and Building Orientation, architectural features, such as windows, pedestrian entrances, building offsets, projections, detailing, a change in materials or similar features, shall be used to break up large building facades and walls greater than 50 feet in length. A minimum of 15 percent of the horizontal building facade and a minimum of 10 percent of all other horizontal building elevations shall contain a variety of architectural features.

2.    Pedestrian-Scale Building Entrances. Recessed entries, canopies, and/or similar features shall be used at the entries to buildings in order to create a pedestrian scale. [Ord. NS-2314, 2018; Ord. NS-2195, 2013; Ord. NS-2016, 2006]