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June 2019

Senate Republicans returning to the Capitol, session to adjourn Sunday 
Senate Republicans will return to the Capitol on Saturday, ending an eight-day walk-out that began in response to House Bill 2020, the carbon cap legislation. Following assurances that the bill is dead, the Senators are expected to return to Salem in time for a session tomorrow. The House has also scheduled a Saturday session.
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Interested in running for office? Apply for StepUp Bend by July 15
Have you ever considered running for city council, school board, park board, COCC board, or something else? Don't know where to start? StepUpBend gives you insider information from local, regional and national experts on what it's like to serve and what it's like to run. Sponsored by COAR, StepUp Bend is a program for common-sense, pro-business, pro-property rights residents who may want to run for local office someday. A small group of participants will be accepted and invited to attend monthly hour-long sessions at COAR focused on subjects such as local government budgeting, online political advertising, and how business owners and professionals have successfully run and served here in Bend. StepUp Bend is run by Jeff Eager and Jennifer Stephens of Insite, along with local experts and elected officials as guest speakers. While the program does focus on Bend, anyone interested in running for office in Central Oregon would greatly benefit. Applications are now being accepted, but don't delay - the deadline is July 15!
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Join us for regular meetings with city and county CDD staff
COAR works closely with city and county staff throughout the region, including various community development departments (CDD). We have established regular meetings with CDD staff throughout our jurisdiction, and the dates and times for meetings through the end of the year are now available at the link below. These meetings are open to all COAR members/area brokers and provide an opportunity for brokers to ask questions and receive an update from staff on local housing and development. Common agenda topics include: new construction and land use applications, current and long-range planning projects, and buildable lands inventory.
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Bend Parks Board passes SDC ordinance - drops commercial SDC, increases waivers for affordable housing
On June 4th, the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) Board of Directors adopted an updated park SDC methodology and fee schedule. Updates proposed to BPRD’s SDC methodology, as well as changes in fees to help fund a $78 million project list, prompted concerns from a number of community partners, including COAR, COBA and the City of Bend. COAR’s feedback to the District throughout the process focused primarily on the impact of the District’s fees on affordability, concerns related to the addition of a nonresidential/commercial SDC, and support for exemptingdeed-restricted affordable housing from parks SDCs. The ordinance recently passed by the Board does not include a nonresidential/commercial SDC, waives SDCs for up to 400 units of affordable housing through 2022, and establishes a system by which SDCs on multifamily units will be based on dwelling size (effective July 2020). 
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State economist: Housing demand outstripping supply in Central Oregon
In a recent blog post, Damon Runberg, the State’s Regional Economist, compared the pace of construction in Central Oregon against historical averages, including the pre-recession boom. The bottom line, according to Runberg, “We aren’t building fast enough in Deschutes County to meet the need of new in-migrants, let alone dig ourselves out of the housing supply hole we are already in.”
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No relief for most Oregon tenants under rent control law, Portland State economist says
In February, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass statewide rent control. The new law limits annual rent increases to 7% plus consumer price index (CPI, for a total of 10.3% this year. In its annual outlook report, Portland State University’s Northwest Economic Research Center says median rent growth has slowed to just 1.9% a year since 2016, suggesting that very few renters will receive any benefit from the controversial legislation in the near future.
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House extends NFIP, long-term reauthorization bill introduced 
On June 6, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was extended through Sept. 30. Set to expire at the end of May, NFIP is now authorized through the end of the fiscal year as part of a broader disaster aid package, HR 2157. A bipartisan bill is now in the House - the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 - to reauthorize the NFIP for 5 years, increase the program's mitigation tools and update its mapping scope and technology, among other reforms.
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Upcoming Meetings
Deschutes County Board of Commissioners
Monday Meeting, July 1, 1:00 PM

Crook County Court Work Session,
July 2, 9:00 AM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
July 2, 5:30 PM

Redmond City Council Work Session,
July 9, 6:00 PM

Prineville City Council Meeting,
July 9, 6:30 PM 

La Pine City Council Meeting,
July 10, 5:30 PM

Bend City Council Meeting,
July 17, 3:00 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting,
July 20, 9:00 AM

Madras City Council Meeting,
July 23, 7:00 PM

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting, TBA

Sisters City Council Meeting, TBA

COAR Government Affairs Video Library
Legal Lot of Record
Bend Sign Code

Government Affairs FAQ's
Sign Code FAQs
Bend Sign Code FAQ 
LaPine Sign Code FAQ
Madras Sign Code FAQ
Prineville Sign Code FAQ
Redmond Sign Code FAQ
Sisters Sign Code FAQ
Sunriver Sign Code FAQ
Crook County Sign Code FAQ
Deschutes County Sign Code FAQ
Jefferson County Sign Code FAQ
Important Issues FAQs
Recreational Marijuana In CO FAQ
Inclusionary Zoning FAQ
Short Term Rentals FAQ
Bend Septic to Sewer
Legal Lot of Record FAQ
Real Estate Sign Locates FAQ
Rent Control FAQ

Disclosure Forms
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Seller's Notice
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Buyer's Disclosure
City of Bend Septic/Sewer Advisory Notice
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 or 541-382-6027.