Category: Policy Issues

Bend City Council to Discuss Taxi & Transportation Network Company Policy on February 1

The potential arrival of Transportation Network Companies, like Uber and Lyft, in Central Oregon has generated plenty of headlines over the past six months. After discussions with local stakeholders, taxi operators, and City staff in Bend and Redmond, along with a work session with the Bend City Council, a review of a draft policy is […]

January 31, 2017 Policy Issues

Bend Chamber to Host Legislative Outlook Forum on January 24

Bend, OR – Is there any chance Oregon will stabilize state fiscal policy and service levels this year?  Join the Bend Chamber and local delegates for an inside look of what’s coming ahead in this 2017 legislative session. On Jan. 24 at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room, Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Knute Buehler, Representative Gene […]

January 9, 2017 Policy Issues

Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary Remand Moves Closer to Approval

The efforts to expand Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary took one step closer to local approval before moving on to the State’s Department of Land Conservation and Development for review. Prior to their regular meeting on Wednesday, September 7th, the Bend City Council held a special session where they reviewed the proposal and unanimously approved a […]

State Legislators to Talk Regional Transportation Issues in Bend on August 18

  Are you interested in the role transportation plays in developing the Central Oregon economy? Then mark your calendars, the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization has spent the summer crisscrossing the state talking about transportation issues and their Bend stop is scheduled for Thursday, August 18th at 5:30 p.m. in Wille […]

August 9, 2016 Policy Issues

5 Reasons Why Bend Businesses Should Care About a Finalized UGB Expansion

We’re in the home stretch for the Bend Urban Growth Boundary Remand, the 10-year process seeking to expand the Bend city limits under Oregon’s land use code. The agreement under consideration has been hammered out by a joint group of Bend City Councilors and Deschutes County Commissioners with the input and buy in of local […]

August 8, 2016 Policy Issues

Have Thoughts on Bend Climate Policy? Here’s Your Chance to Weigh In

The discussions on climate policy at the City of Bend kicked off in May, picked up steam in June, and continue through July with an opportunity for those with feedback on the proposed effort to weigh in. Originally introduced as a draft ordinance in May, a subcommittee of City Councilors have spent the past couple of months […]

Report: Central Oregon Rental Vacancy Rate Remains Below 1.5%

For the fourth year in a row, Central Oregon’s residential rental vacancy remained under 1.5%, coming in at 1.04%, according to the latest survey presented by the Central Oregon Rental Owners Association (COROA). “That is a very low rate, and it is highly unusual for it to have stayed so low for that long,” said […]

BEDAB Weighs in on Proposed Climate Change Ordinance

Last week the Bend City Council discussed a proposed Climate Change Ordinance at the work session before their regular May 18th meeting. In case you missed it, the proposal generated plenty of conversation in the business community and was discussed briefly by the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) at their meeting earlier that week. […]

Sewer Rates & Extra Strength Charge Update

The Bend City Council held a special session on Wednesday, May 11 to allow for public comment on proposed changes to sewer rates and the Extra Strength Charge (ESC). The two topics up for discussion were: A proposed 4.25-6% city-wide increase in sewer rates, designed to allow for construction of necessary sewer infrastructure. An increase […]

Have Feedback on the Tourism Fund and Room Taxes? Here’s Your Chance to Speak Up!

Are you noticing more heads in your beds? If you’re a local overnight rental operator, you should be! Bend’s Transient Room Tax (TRT) collections, a 10.4% tax assessed on overnight accommodation in the city, are at record levels. The current forecast predicts almost $10 million in TRT collections for fiscal year 2016-17. As visitors come to Bend […]

April 28, 2016 Policy Issues
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