November 2022

Welcome, Northeast Oregon members
COAR and the Northeast Oregon Board of REALTORS® (NEBOR) have merged! We are excited to welcome Northeast Oregon members to the association and learn more about the issues impacting Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties and serving as “your voice for real estate.” COAR’s Government Affairs Director, Tyler Neese, was in Northeast Oregon in September to meet with members in La Grande, Baker City, and Joseph, as well as elected officials in the region. For questions about Government Affairs, contact Tyler Neese at tyler@coar.com or 541-382-6027. For RPAC questions, contact Heather Martin, RPAC and Grassroots Advocacy Manager, at heather@coar.com or 541-382-6027.

COAR FAQ on new Bend short-term rental rules
The Bend City Council recently passed code changes related to short-term rentals in the city. The new rules were effective November 18, 2022, and most notably increase the current 250-foot buffer of separation between short-term rentals to 500 feet. For more information, download COAR’s FAQ on the new rules or the City of Bend’s fact sheet.

Take Action - Ask Bend City Council to keep home energy scores voluntary
On December 7, the Bend City Council will hold its first reading and vote on whether to adopt an ordinance requiring a home energy score at the time of listing. Failure to comply could result in initial fines of up to $750. Share your feedback and ask the City Council to honor the intent of the Climate Action Plan and its voluntary actions for the community by keeping home energy scores a choice (not a requirement) attend the December 7th meeting at 7 PM or email councilall@bendoregon.gov.

Local election results
Congratulations to COAR members Cat Zwicker, elected to the Redmond City Council, and Vikki Breese Iverson, re-elected to the Oregon House. The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (COARPAC) supported successful candidates in the following races – Deschutes County Commission: Tony DeBone and Patti Adair; Redmond City Council: Cat Zwicker and John Nielsen; and Redmond Mayor: Ed Fitch. A ballot measure supported by COAR – Redmond Recreation Center, Bond #9-150 and Levy #9-151 – saw mixed results with the district's construction bond passing and the operating levy rejected by voters. Final certified election results will be available on or around December 5th

Deschutes County CPACE Program now in effect
In April, Deschutes County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) Ordinance, creating a financing program for clean energy improvements to commercial buildings in the County. The program, which COAR supported and encouraged County Commissioners to adopt, allows owners of eligible commercial property to obtain long-term, low-interest rate financing from private capital providers for certain qualified projects. Eligible properties may include any privately-owned commercial, industrial, agricultural, or multi-family (with five or more dwelling units) real property.
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RPAC Committee Challenge deadline: Wednesday, November 30
COAR President, Cat Zwicker, has issued a challenge to all of COAR committees to reach 100% RPAC participation (a minimum of $15 invested by each committee member) by November 30. In exchange for hitting the 100% goal, COAR will provide pizza and beer/beverages to the winning committees at a final committee meeting before the end of the year! So, if you’re on a COAR committee for 2022, be sure to make your RPAC investment before November 30!
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Deschutes County 2040: Comprehensive Plan Update

Between now and February 2024, Deschutes County will be updating its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the County’s map for the future and provides the goals, policies, and actions that are intended to guide the day-to-day decisions of elected officials and staff. The update applies to the area in County jurisdiction, outside of city limits, and extends the planning horizon by 20 years, ending in the year 2044.
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Upcoming Meetings

Sisters City Council Meeting, November 30, 5 PM

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Meeting, November 30, 6 PM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting, December 6, 5:30 PM

Joint Madras City Council-Jefferson County Meeting, December 7, 8:15 AM

Baker County Board of Commissioners Session, December 7, 9 AM

Union County Board of Commissioners Meeting, December 7, 9 AM

Bend City Council Meeting, December 7, 5 PM

Enterprise City Council Meeting, December 12, 6:30 PM

Prineville City Council Meeting, December 13, 6 PM

Redmond City Council Meeting, December 13, 6 PM

La Pine City Council Meeting, December 14, 5:30 PM

Baker City, City Council Regular Meeting, December 13, 7 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting, December 17, 10:30 AM

Crook County Court Regular Meeting, TBA

Joseph City Council Meeting, TBA

La Grande City Council Meeting, TBA

Wallowa County Board of Commissioners Meeting, TBA

COAR Government Affairs Video Library

SB 608-Rent Contol
Legal Lot of Record
Bend Sign Code

Government Affairs FAQs

Have an issue that you feel we should be monitoring or taking action on? Are you interested in getting involved in COAR's government affairs efforts? Contact COAR's Government Affairs Director, Tyler Neese, at tyler@coar.com or 541-382-6027.

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