Starting with an initial project in 1998, WDD has now directed nearly a decade of highly-successful development in Bend, creating a collection of thriving subdivisions and master planned communities.
WDD began working in Bend when our team was asked to actively manage the development of a partially completed golf course community called Broken Top, as well as large tracts of adjacent land.
As the Development Manager, WDD began a process of analyzing Broken Top's site plan, recommending that lot sizes be increased and custom builders be used for new home construction in order to stimulate lot sales. We also modified the marketing plan to reflect the new vision for the neighborhood, homes and lifestyle. Under WDD's direction, Broken Top was able to successfully sell its entire inventory.
Simultaneous to Broken Top's success, WDD began work on another project in Bend – a subdivision known as Skyliner Summit at Broken Top. The first step for WDD was to eliminate Skyliner Summit's long-standing site plan, developing a subdivision scheme that could sell to multiple economic markets and incorporating as few uphill lots as possible. With this strategy, WDD got a 285-lot plan approved, built and sold out in less than three years.
Following this success, WDD's next project was the design and planning of a community now known as The Highlands at Broken Top, which would occupy 500 once-charred acres near the Deschutes National Forest. The development strategy for The Highlands was to balance luxurious natural living spaces, uninterrupted mountain views and environmental sensitivity through the careful placement of 150 acres of irrigated natural meadow and the planting of 3,000 indigenous trees. With this innovative design approach, The Highlands has nearly sold out each phase of development, with private 10-acre lots valued in excess of $600,000.
Beyond the success at Broken Top, WDD's has a depth of involvement in Central Oregon. One example is the team's involvement in the public/private West Bend Traffic Consortium. WDD helped solve the system-wide failure of traffic facilities on Bend's west side utilizing sole recovery areas to capture systems development charges. This included a plan to fix failing intersections through the use of 6 roundabouts, then oversaw the creation of two local improvement districts to fund the construction of a new bridge over the Deschutes River. These efforts not only mitigated the impact of proposed development in the area, but they greatly improved the area from its difficult base traffic condition.
Most recently in Bend, WDD has worked to entitle and obtain Final Master Plan approval for a unique 700-acre destination golf resort, which will then be fully developed by the purchaser of the land. This process is a core competency of WDD, executing everything from land identification and acquisition through entitlement and plan approvals to prepare land for development.