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September 2018
2018 COAR and COARPAC Voter Guide: Recommendations on Key Races and Issues
Election Day is fast-approaching and COARPAC has supported REALTOR® champions in some key races in Central Oregon. In addition, the COAR Government Affairs Committee has supported the Redmond School District’s $70 million bond through its Issues Mobilization Fund. These candidates and issues are included on our 2018 voter guide at the link below. Please note that these recommendations are based on COARPAC contributions to the candidates listed and a contribution from COAR”s Issues Mobilization Fund in support of the “Yes for RSD Kids” campaign. An OAR voter guide on state-wide issues and candidates will soon be available – watch your email.
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Bend City Council Candidates to Debate at COAR Monday, Event Recordings Available Online
There are two events remaining in COAR’s 2018 Election Debate Series. This Monday, October 1, four candidates for the Bend City Council will share their views on issues in four key categories: affordable housing, growth, transportation and infrastructure. If you have not yet registered, sign up today at If you missed the first three events in COAR’s 2018 Election Debate Series – Deschutes County Commission, Oregon House District 53 and Bend Mayor – you can still watch them online at or on our YouTube channel. The series of five debate events is a partnership between COAR and KTVZ News Channel 21, moderated by Lee Anderson, news anchor with KTVZ News Channel 21.
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Bend City Council approves planning contract for southeastern “elbow”
On September 5, the Bend City Council approved a $482,000 contract amendment to start planning how to build homes and businesses on a 479-acre area in the city’s southeast “elbow.” The land in the area is split among 27 property owners and is expected to add 820 homes and 2,274 jobs, based on city projections. Planning is expected to last through January 2020.
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YES on 104: COAR Joins Proponents of Measure to Close Loopholes for Raising Taxes
The COAR Government Affairs Committee recently approved joining the coalition supporting Measure 104. As a member of the coalition, COAR joins OAR and countless other businesses, organizations and individuals supporting the measure, which would close loopholes Salem politicians are currently using to get around the state’s constitutional requirement for a three-fifths supermajority to raise taxes on Oregon families and small businesses. Come by the COAR office for a yard sign or flyer and be sure to vote "YES on 104."
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City of Sisters Seeks Housing Policy Advisory Board Members
The City of Sisters is accepting applications for members of the Housing Policy Advisory Board (HPAB). The Board advises the Planning Commission and City Council on matters pertaining to the development of new and the revising of existing policies and regulations related to increasing appropriate levels of affordable and lower cost/work force housing within the city limits. Interested parties should complete an application on the City’s website: by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 12, 2018.
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Commercial Bus Tour to Feature City Leaders and Highlight Opportunities in the BCD and Bend Airport
Next Friday, October 5, COAR will host a commercial bus tour from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Two charter buses have been reserved for the event that will take attendees to the Bend Municipal Airport and the Bend Central District (BCD). The agenda includes presentations from City staff and area leaders on commercial opportunities and future development, as well as a driving tour of the airport runway and perimeter and a walking tour of key areas in the BCD. The event will conclude with lunch, networking and COAR's monthly marketing meeting at the COAR office. This event is free and includes 3 CEs. This event is made possible by a Commercial Innovation Grant from NAR, as well as sponsorship from the City of Bend and Oregon Spirit Distillers.
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Grab a Sign and Support REALTOR® Champions and Key Issues in the November Election 
Yard signs supporting REALTOR® champions and key issues are available at the COAR office, including: Knute BuehlerJack ZikaTony DeBoneJames CookAndrew DavisSarah McCormick and Measure 104.
Upcoming Meetings

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Business Meeting,
October 1, 10:00 AM
Crook County Court Work Session,
October 2, 9:00 AM
Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
October 2, 5:30 PM
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting, October 3, 9:00 AM
Bend City Council Meeting, October 3, 5:00 PM
Redmond City Council Meeting, October 9, 6:00 PM
Prineville City Council Meeting, October 9, 6:30 PM
Sisters City Council Meeting, October 10, 5:30 PM
La Pine City Council Meeting, October 10, 6:00 PM
SROA Board of Directors Meeting, October 20, 9:00 AM
Madras City Council Meeting, October 23, 7:00 PM
COAR Government Affairs Video Library
Legal Lot of Record
Bend Sign Code

Government Affairs FAQ's
Sign Code FAQs Important Issues FAQs
Bend Sign Code FAQ  Recreational Marijuana In CO FAQ
LaPine Sign Code FAQ Inclusionary Zoning FAQ
Madras Sign Code FAQ Short Term Rentals FAQ
Prineville Sign Code FAQ Interim FAQ Bend Septic to Sewer
Redmond Sign Code FAQ Legal Lot of Record FAQ
Sisters Sign Code FAQ Real Estate Sign Locates FAQ
Sunriver Sign Code FAQ
Crook County Sign Code FAQ Disclosure Forms
Deschutes County Sign Code FAQ Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Seller's Notice
Jefferson County Sign Code FAQ Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Buyer's Disclosure
City of Bend Septic/Sewer Advisory Notice-
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 or 541-382-6027.