November 2020
Oregon REALTORS® Update on COVID-19 Protocols
On November 13, Governor Brown announced new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cases, positive test rates, hospitalizations and deaths are at an all-time high and are increasing exponentially. For updated information from COAR, click here. For a summary of the Governor’s announcement and what it means for REALTORS® from Oregon REALTORS®, click the link below. 
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Local election results
Congratulations to COAR members Jack Zika and Vikki Breese Iverson on their re-elections to the Oregon House. COARPAC supported successful candidates in the following races: Bend City Council, Anthony Broadman; Redmond Mayor, George Endicott; and Redmond City Council, Shannon Wedding and Ed Fitch. Two ballot measures supported by COAR were passed by voters - the Bend Transportation Bond (Measure 9-135) and the Redmond School Bond (Measure 9-140).
Bend City Council considering commercial construction excise tax to fund homeless services
The Bend City Council is considering a new construction excise tax to fund homeless services. The tax would be a supplemental fee on top of Bend’s existing affordable housing fee – 1/3 of 1% of the total valuation on all building permits submitted to the city – oncommercial and industrial properties. While Councilors reviewed different options for the tax, the proposal with the most support was another 1/3 of 1% added to the current fee. COAR’s Government Affairs and Commercial Committees are evaluating the proposals – watch COAR emails for updates on this issue. 
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Deschutes County seeks public input on wildfire mitigation 
Deschutes County is considering new building codes and land use regulations to protect communities from wildfire. Proposed changes could help make homes more fire resistant and require homeowners to create defensible space around their homes. Updating local building codes to make homes more fire resistant could also make new construction and some remodels more expensive because of new requirements for decks, siding, vents and other materials. The proposed rules would only apply to homes outside of city limits in unincorporated areas of Deschutes County. This issue is now moving to the public input phase and the community is being asked to learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback through an online survey and story map. The Deschutes County Planning Commission will also host two virtual meetings to provide residents a chance to learn more about the proposed changes and ask questions – November 19, at 6 PM and December 3 at 6 PM. 
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REALTOR® Party Town Hall tomorrow: HB 2001 and HB 2003 
Tomorrow, November 19th from 9:00am-10:30am, join Oregon REALTORS® 2021 President, Drew Coleman, as he moderates an online discussion with staff from the Department of Land Conservation and Development on the implementation of the 2019 legislation aimed at addressing Oregon’s housing shortage. The Town Hall will include a robust discussion with elected officials and planning staff about efforts to improve the supply of housing in their local communities. The discussion will also highlight future opportunities for REALTOR® engagement in community development efforts.  
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Increased fines could be coming to Bend to curb the spread of COVID-19
On November 12, the Bend City Council convened an emergency meeting to discuss the spread of COVID-19 and identify possible next steps based on current data. Council supported increasing fines for businesses not in compliance with Oregon Health Authority guidelines on face coverings and masks. Specifically, elevating the penalty to a Class A civil infraction - a $750 fine. Council also supported increasing City staffing of code enforcement officials. Individuals not following the OHA face covering guidelines in Bend remain at a $100 fine for a first-time offense, $250 for a second, and $500 for a third repeat violation. Councilors will continue the discussion at tonight’s meeting. 
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NAR leader to keynote tomorrow’s Bend Chamber Impact Conference Tomorrow is day 2 of the Bend Chamber’s 2020 Impact Conference. Keynote Jessica Lautz, VP of Demographics and Behavioral Insights at the National Association of REALTORS®, will provide an economic and demographic overview of the changing housing landscape and the new relationship we have with our homes.
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Upcoming Meetings

Please note that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, these meetings are subject to change or may be held virtually or via conference call. Check City and County websites for the latest meeting updates and information. 

Bend City Council Meeting,
November 18, 5:00 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting,
November 21, 9:00 AM

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Monday Meeting,
November 23, 1:00 PM

La Pine City Council Meeting,
November 24, 5:30 PM

Redmond City Council Meeting,
November 24, 6:00 PM

Prineville City Council Meeting,
November 24, 6:30 PM

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting,
November 25, 8:15 AM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
December 1, 5:30 PM

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

Madras Redevelopment Commission & City Council Meeting,
December 8, 5:30 PM

Sisters City Council Meeting,
December 9, 5:30 PM

COAR Government Affairs Video Library
SB 608-Rent Contol
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
COVID 19 and Local Real Estate Information
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.
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