March 2019

COAR supports Redmond Area Park and Recreation District’s bonds with $5,000 contribution 
The COAR Government Affairs Committee recently approved a $5,000 contribution from the association's Issues Mobilization Fund to the “yes” campaign for $40,000,000 in bonds to construct a new community recreational facility and expand programs in Redmond. The bonds, Measure 9-126, and the operating levy, Measure 9-127, will be decided by voters in the May 21, 2019 special election.

COAR supports Madras plan to reduce SDCs 
The City of Madras has developed a Housing Action Plan, which includes a plan to reduce SDCs in order to help spur development. On January 30, COAR sent a letter to the Madras City Council supporting the plan. The proposal would see the City implement an SDC fee reduction for three years. After year three, SDC fees will begin to return to their original fee rates in phases (phased over three years). The ultimate sunset clause is six years. 
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Reminder: OAR FAQ provides clarity on statewide rent control
Statewide rent control has passed in Oregon, but many questions remain as landlords and property managers try to make sense of the legislation. To help clarify the impact of the law and address key areas of concern for REALTORS®, OAR has developed a summary and FAQ.
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Bend City Council adopts two-year goals
The Bend City Council recently approved a package of two-year goals for the City. The 2019-21 fall into four general categories: Economic Vitality, Transportation & Infrastructure Strategies, Public Health & Safety Strategies, and Effective & Efficient City Operations. 
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State legislative update from OAR
Over the past few weeks many REALTORS® have contacted OAR regarding HB 2498, a bill that could have drastic impacts on real estate brokers’ status as independent contractors. The bill was met with significant opposition in its initial hearing in the Capitol. OAR has had positive conversations with the sponsor of the legislation and it is clear the intent was not to impact REALTORS®. He has agreed to work on amendments to address REALTOR® concerns, should the bill move forward in the legislative process. Look for more information on this bill and others during the 2019 REALTOR® Day at the Capitol on April editorial on the bill from the For Register Guard in Eugene, click the link below. 
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COAR recognizes public servants with Housing Champion Awards
COAR announces its 2018 Housing Champion Award recipients: Tammy Baney, former Deschutes County Commissioner; Casey Roats, former Bend Mayor; and David Asson, former Sisters City Councilor. Housing Champion is a new award presented by COAR to a public servant who has supported homeownership and protected private property rights through policymaking, collaboration and other initiatives. The recipients will be honored at this year’s EnCOAR Awards, April 18, 5:30-7:00 PM at the Tetherow Event Pavilion in Bend. Register here

Redmond to hold open house on Comp Plan updates, housing actions 
On May 13th at 6:30 PM, the City of Redmond’s Urban Area Planning Commission will host a public open house to gather input on the City’s Comprehensive Plan Housing Element, as well as potential policies within a housing action plan. The potential actions in the plan range from affordable housing programs to a construction excise tax and inclusionary zoning. COAR will weigh in and members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide feedback and/or share concerns. 
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Upcoming Meetings

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Work Session,
April 1, 1:00 PM

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

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

Redmond City Council Work Session,
April 2, 6:00 PM

Bend City Council Meeting,
April 3, 5:00 PM

Madras City Council Work Session,
April 6, 1:00 PM

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

Sisters City Council Meeting,
April 10, 5:30 PM

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

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

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners 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
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.