Oregon Senate Passes Rent Control Bill

Oregon is facing a housing crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to try and find solutions. One bill that could help was approved by the Oregon State Senate on Tuesday. The bill enhances protections for tenants and prohibits landlords from implementing high rent increases. SB 608 is now heading to the Oregon State House where it is also expected to pass. If passed it would be the country’s first state-wide rent control measure.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the bill could affect tenants and landlords across the state.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

Supper Club: Looking Ahead at 2018 – Part 2

This week’s Supper Club conversation is part two of looking at things to come in 2018. Donna sat down with three prominent Central Oregon citizens and discussed OSU-Cascades funding, PERS reform and affordable housing options.

Thanks to Mike Ficher, play-by-play announcer at COTV Sports, Dino Vendetti of Seven Peaks Ventures and Erin Foote Morgan, former Bend 2030 Executive Director, for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Supper Club: Bend’s State of the City

Bend Mayor Casey Roats gave his State of the City address Tuesday night at the What’s Brewing event hosted by the Bend Chamber, but he and two other city officials, Jon Skidmore and Russell Grayson, gave us a sneak preview of the event. They sat down with our News Director Curtis Vogel for this week’s Supper Club to talk about the proposed city budget and what the city’s role should be in making sure there is enough affordable housing for its residents.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Supper Club: Future of Housing in Central Oregon

Home prices have reached their prerecession levels in Bend and they’re increasing across Central Oregon. For longtime residents it might feel a little like déjà vu and the way things were right before the crash.

For this week’s edition of Supper Club we talk with real estate experts Brian Fratzke of Fratzke Commercial and Kim Gammond of COAR, and Jon Skidmore, assistant city manager of the City of Bend about the future of housing and whether we could be heading for another bubble.

Supper Club is sponsored by Pine Tavern Restaurant and Great American Furniture Warehouse.