Q. Who are the developers of The Tree Farm?
A. The Tree Farm LLC is an Oregon Limited Liability Company that was formed to develop the property. Partners in The Tree Farm LLC include the Miller family which has owned and managed the land since 1955, and West Bend Property Company 2, a partnership between Brooks Resources Corporation and Skyliners TWS, LLC (Mike Tennant, Ron White and Kirk Schueler).
Q. What is the history of the land?
A. When the big pine mills moved to town in the early 1900s, this property was one of the first to be logged. In 1955, Bill Miller purchased the property from a sheep rancher who had owned it since the 1920s. It’s still a working tree farm, last harvested in the 1990s.
Q. Does the neighborhood have an HOA?
A. Yes, The Tree Farm has a Homeowners’ Association (HOA). The HOA is responsible for maintaining common areas, roads, pathways, the emergency access gates on Sage Steppe, a mail station, the entry monument, trail signage and street lights. Monthly HOA dues for 2017 are $190.
Q. Are there CC&Rs?
A. Yes, protective Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements (CCRs) and Design Guidelines will be enforced for every property in The Tree Farm. There will be an Architectural Review Committee that will work with owners and builders to ensure that certain standards will be met in order to maintain quality throughout the neighborhood. Click to view the Design Guidelines and CCRs and Governing Documents on our website.
Q. Am I required to use a specific builder to build my home?
A. The Tree Farm does not have a team of builders or a specific builder that you are required to use. However, builders are required to complete an application and receive approval by the Architectural Review Committee in order to be able to build homes in The Tree Farm. Architects and designers are required to complete an application and receive approval, too. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Can I build any type of home I want?
A. The design guidelines do not specify an architectural theme, but structures are expected to employ high standards and designs that integrate with the high desert and forested setting. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Is the Tree Farm a gated community?
A. The only gate in The Tree Farm is located on Sage Steppe Drive, and serve as an emergency access gate until such time that the property to the north and south is developed and Sage Steppe becomes a “to and through” road for that future development.
Q. What is the minimum and maximum size of a home and any detached buildings?
A. Combined square footage of all structures on a Homesite, including garages and ancillary buildings: Minimum of 2,500 square feet and maximum of 14,000 square feet. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Are there setbacks or building envelopes identified?
A. Setbacks and building envelopes are identified on setback exhibit maps posted to this website. Standard setbacks are 30 feet at the front and on each side and 50 feet at the rear of the property. However, some side and rear setbacks vary and are identified on the exhibit maps.
Q. Are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) allowed? Are detached buildings/garages allowed?
A. ADUs are not allowed in the County, therefore they are not allowed at The Tree Farm. The CC&Rs will allow for detached accessory buildings (including, but not limited to, detached garages). For more information, please view our Design Guidelines and CCRs online.
Q. Can I park my RV or Camper on my property?
A. The CC&Rs allow for RVs or Campers to be parked on the Homesite, but must be screened from public view and the adjacent property. For more information, please view our CCRs online.
Q. What kind of landscaping is allowed? Are lawns allowed?
A. There are three landscape zones permitted on your Homesite. These landscape zones are referred to as defensible landscape zones, or fire prevention zones, due to the nature of how these zones help protect a residence from the spread of wildfire. The Design Guidelines have explicit explanations of these zones and permitted plant lists. Lawn is permitted, and encouraged in Zone 1.
Q. Can I have a wood burning fireplace? Outdoor fire pit?
A. Wood burning fireplaces are only permitted inside the home. Only gas log fire pits or fireplaces are permitted outdoors. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Are greenhouses and gardens allowed?
A. Greenhouses and gardens are allowed and will be reviewed and approved by the ARC. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Can I have livestock?
A. Backyard chickens are the only livestock permitted at The Tree Farm. No roosters are allowed.
Q. Are solar systems allowed?
A. Solar systems are allowed and encouraged. For more information, please view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. Do I have to build my home to Earth Advantage standards?
A. No, but it is strongly encouraged.
Q. Can I have a fence around my property?
A. Fencing is permitted, and due to part of The Tree Farm being in a Wildlife Area zone, there are restrictions of the size and height of fences. An owner may not fence the entire perimeter of the Homesite. All fencing will be submitted to the ARC for review and approval. The Design Guidelines and CC&Rs describe the details of permitted fencing.
Q. What amenities/services are in the neighborhood?
A. In addition to the 422 acres of open space, the community features a trail system that conveniently connects with existing trails from Bend’s city limits and to U.S. Forest Service land. Neighboring Shevlin Park and Tumalo Creek are easily accessible from The Tree Farm.
Q. What are the plans for the property east of The Tree Farm?
A. Adjacent property to the east is currently privately-held property identified for future urbanization in the city’s Urban Growth Boundary expansion process.
Q. What are the plans for the property north of The Tree Farm?
A. Adjacent property to the north is currently privately-held property that may be developed to County code standards or may be considered for future urbanization in the city’s Urban Growth Boundary expansion process.
Q. What steps are being taken to reduce the future threat of wildfire in The Tree Farm neighborhood?
A. The proximity to U.S. Forest Service and parklands, the Outback Water Treatment Facility and city and rural residences, are all key factors in The Tree Farm’s commitment to becoming a Firewise/USA Community. The Awbrey Hall fire burned through portions of The Tree Farm back in 1990, resulting in un-forested areas of the property, which now act as a natural fire break against future wildfire threats. The Miller family has vigilantly maintained the property to reduce fire fuels, investing resources every year to clear brush, limb trees and create a healthy forest. These efforts will be continued by the HOA and Homesite owners through governing documents and land use approval, which outline very specific requirements for fire-resistant building materials and landscape treatments to enhance wildfire protection and safety. For more information on the Wildfire Protection Management Plan for The Tree Farm, view our Design Guidelines online.
Q. What school district serves The Tree Farm?
A. Both the Bend-LaPine and Redmond School Districts serve The Tree Farm. Lots 37, 39-50 are in the Redmond School District. Lots 1-36, and 38 are in the Bend-LaPine School District. Two districts serve this development due to a section line running through the middle of the property.
Q. What utilities serve The Tree Farm?
A. Bend Broadband, Century Link, PacifiCorp, Cascade Natural Gas, and City of Bend water. County approved septic systems are required on each Homesite.