January 2019
Treasury, IRS give big win to real estate professionals in Qualified Business Income Rule
Late last week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income. As Americans begin preparations for the 2018 tax filing season, real estate professionals have been uncertain about the true impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on their respective businesses. Friday’s ruling from the Treasury and the IRS, however, signaled a significant victory for the real estate industry and for many of the National Association of Realtors®’ 1.3 million members.
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Bend City Council selects Chris Piper to fill open seat
On January 16, the Bend City council voted 4-2 to appoint Chris Piper to serve out the remaining two years of a council term that became vacant when Sally Russell won November’s mayoral election. Piper is the vice president of business development at the Cleveland, Ohio-based marketing company Proforma.
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Government Affairs “roadshow” classes focus on election outcomes and key issues
On January 17, COAR’s Government Affairs Director, Tyler Neese, kicked off a seven-stop “roadshow” of government affairs updates in Bend. Offered in cities throughout COAR’s jurisdiction, this CE class examines some key election results and the implications for real estate, as well as important issues for REALTORS® at the various levels of government. Upcoming classes include: Sunriver on Feb 12, Sisters on Feb 13, Prineville and Redmond on Feb 21, LaPine on Feb 26 and Madras on Feb 27. 
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Government shutdown stretches to five weeks, impacts federal homeownership programs
The current shutdown of the federal government – now the longest in U.S. history – is now on day 35. In a recent update on “The HUB,” NAR Vice President of Federal Policy and Industry Relations, Joseph Ventrone, shared the impact on Federal Homeownership Programs.

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Housing at the top of the legislative agenda as 2019 session kicks off in Salem 
The 2019 Legislative session began on Tuesday and it is clear that housing will be a key and controversial issue. In a new video update, OAR's Government Affairs Director, Shawn Cleave, discusses two controversial housing bills – Senate Bill 608 (rent control) and House Bill 2001 (single family zoning changes). OAR is closely tracking both of these bills. Watch your email for calls for action from OAR on key pieces of legislation as the 2019 legislative session gets underway. 
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REALTORS® appointed to Redmond Planning Commission, Sisters Housing Policy Advisory Board

COAR Board Member, Cat Zwicker, and Redmond REALTOR®, Heather DeWolf, have been appointed to the City of Redmond's Urban Area Planning Commission. At a recent meeting, Ms. Zwicker was selected as chair of the commission, which advises the Mayor and City Council on areas such as land use, comprehensive planning and traffic. Sisters REALTOR®, Tim Kizziar, has been appointed to the Sisters Housing Policy Advisory Board (HPAB). The HPAB advises the Planning Commission and City Council on matters pertaining to affordable and “lower cost/work force housing” within the city limits. 

COAR FAQ on Citywide Septic-to-Sewer Conversion Program now available
Until recently, City of Bend code stated that an owner of a property currently using a septic system, and within 300 feet of a public sewer with available capacity, cannot be permitted to install a new system or alter, repair or expand an existing septic system. This "300-foot rule" was based on Oregon law. After an extensive process led by a dedicated citizen committee, the Bend City Council approved by ordinance a Citywide Septic-to-Sewer Conversion Program in December, with the goal of connecting properties served by private on-site septic systems to the City’s public sewer system over time. The Program applies to properties within the city limits at the time of the UGB expansion on December 6, 2016. The program is effective February 1, 2019. COAR has created an FAQ to ensure you’re up-to-speed on the program. 
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City of Bend hosting public workshops this week on Bend’s Transportation Plan
Beginning this week, the City of Bend’s Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) will hold five public workshops for Bend’s Transportation Plan. These neighborhood-specific workshops on transportation challenges and opportunities will take place Jan. 23-31 and are open to all community members. The first half hour of the workshops is allotted for attendees to review work that has been done on the transportation plan to date. The following two hours will be an active workshop where attendees will work together in small groups to provide input. For more information – including workshop dates, times and locations, listed by the areas of town – click the link below.
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Upcoming Meetings
Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting,
January 28, 10:00 AM
Crook County Court Work Session,
January 29, 9:00 AM
Redmond City Council Work Session,
January 29, 6:00 PM
Bend City Council Special Meeting,
January 30, 8:30 AM
Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
February 5, 5:30 PM
Sisters City Council Workshop, February 12, 3:30 PM
Prineville City Council Meeting, February 12, 6:30 PM
La Pine City Council Meeting,
February 13, 5:30 PM
SROA Board of Directors Meeting, February 16, 9:00 AM
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting, TBA
Madras 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

Disclosure Forms
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Seller's Notice
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Buyer's Disclosure
Oregon Spotted Frog Disclosure Form
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.