|Also known as OSU-Pumice Pit|
Imagine squeezing 5,000 students (or 8,000 to 10,000) onto a 10-acre parcel.
Let's see, Central Oregon Community College, which is just a two-year school in Bend, sits on more than 200 acres and serves about 12,000 students.
According to the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, a 300-student elementary school needs 13 acres. A high school with 2,000 students needs 50 acres. But, OSU-Cascades needs only 10 acres. Yeah, right.
Actually, they're lying to the taxpayers of Oregon.
They have an offer to buy the pumice pit, but are delaying the completion of the deal until they can get city approval for the entire campus based solely on its plans for the 10-acre parcel.
It's deceitful and wrong.
They absurdly claim that they shouldn't be held responsible for land they don't currently own.
So, do they plan to expand to the pumice pit and also to the adjacent 72-acre demolition landfill?
Shouldn't "planners" be looking ahead to what OSU-Cascades ultimately plans to do?
Actually, the lack of planning plagues Bend and most cities in the country. It is why basic infrastructure -- roads, water, sewer -- is such a mess here and elsewhere.
Is a 10-acre campus big enough for the long-sought, four-year university in the state's fastest growing area?
The answer is no. The hearings officer should reject the current plans for OSU-Cascades until the school's leaders tell the truth about what they plan to do.
You would think, with the thousands of acres of vacant land in and around Bend, there should be more than 10 acres of decent land available on which to build an expandable four-year university.