It?s been 30 years since the first few resorts sprung up in Central Oregon. Sunriver, Mount Bachelor Village, and Inn of the Seventh Mountain were among the first in and around Bend, drawing residents from other states to the region for outdoor activities and luxury resort amenities such as golf courses and spas.
The popularity of destination resorts has only grown over the years. Central Oregon will have 19 destination resorts after developers complete the four most recently approved. But some Oregonians have had enough of resorts, voicing concerns about too many people, traffic congestion, and not enough consideration for agriculture and forestland.
Are there destination resorts in your community? Where do resorts and conservation efforts meet? Is there a way to strike a balance?
- Mara Stein Community resident and activist
- Rick Allen Lobbyist for a destination resort in Jefferson County, and former mayor of Madras
- Erik Kancler Executive Director of Central Oregon Land Watch
- Chris Pippin Project manager for Remington Ranch
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OPB | Sept. 27, 2016