Monday, July 23, 2012
Proponents hope that the new bikeway would bring in tourism dollars to the county, interest people traveling from Portland to Bend and also encourage locals to become more active. As one of the host locations of the MAC Dash since its inception, it's no secret that we love being active at the Madras neighborhood of Yarrow. We are watching this story closely and hope the Scenic Bikeway is approved soon by the State Parks Commission, which could take 6-12 months to make a decision.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
When you live somewhere like Central Oregon, it's easy to appreciate the earth - we are surrounded by its beauty each and every day. For all of us in Madras, Oregon, there's a special way to celebrate this year - a new community garden!
- Community gardens have been shown to actually increase property values in the immediate vicinity where they are located.
- Studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier, more nutrient rich diets than do non-gardening families
- Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food. Oftentimes gardeners take advantage of the experiential knowledge of elders to produce a significant amount of food for the household.
- Urban agriculture is 3-5 times more productive per acre than traditional large-scale farming.
- Community gardens can serve as an outdoor classroom where youth can learn valuable skills, like those involving practical math, communication, responsibility and cooperation. They also provide the opportunity to learn about the importance of community, stewardship and environmental responsibility.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
With several homes under construction in Yarrow, our master-planned neighborhood is taking shape. The home that is furthest along in the construction process will be completed early next year, and be available for sale. This 3 bedroom/2 bath home is being built by the Bean Foundation, a local charitable organization, and proceeds will eventually be used to serve projects for the youth and young families located in Jefferson County.
Two additional custom homes are slated to start construction this month, and are being built by owners for their primary residences. With new homes, new residents and new energy, the vision of Yarrow is being realized and we are so excited! As George Neilson, president of the Bean Foundation said, "It appears the market may be strengthening...the time is ripe to restart the new housing market." We invite you to come visit Yarrow and see what's going up! Contact Kathy Duman for a tour!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
According to a recent article in the Bulletin, the city of Madras has dropped some city infrastructure fees by 20 percent to attract new business. The Madras City Council decided to cut system development charges (SDCs) to entice developers to consider Madras for their next project. SDCs are fees which developers pay to help offset the effects of growth, and pay for street and sewer improvements.
From the article:
"For a developer building a single-family residence in Madras, the SDCs before the reduction could tack on about $13,000 to the project. Now, that number will be closer to about $10,445. The amount a developer pays can vary depending on the project but the money goes toward transportation, park, wastewater and stormwater SDCs. The city then uses these funds to help fund capital improvement projects or pay off existing debt."
The city is hoping that this reduction sends a message that Madras is more business friendly than some other places. If SDCs get too high they represent a barrier to growth and progress.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Madras, Oregon is seeking federal money to move forward on its city hall project, which was approved by vote last year. The Bend Bulletin reported that City Administrator Mike Morgan said the city is working this week to complete an application for a loan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Administration.