As part of Envision Eugene, our community recognized the need to update the rules that apply to land use applications for housing.
Now that our Urban Growth Boundary has been acknowledged by the State, a project to update some of the housing standards that implement our community vision is getting underway.
The State requires “clear and objective” approval criteria for any land use application for housing. Land use applications include land divisions, planned unit developments, site reviews, and conditional use permit applications. They do not include housing proposals that are allowed by right, which go straight to permitting.
We need a predictable and efficient path to approval for new housing as Eugene grows and our housing needs increase. Our goal is to balance that mandate while preserving livability, public health, safety, and natural resources.
The project will engage a diverse group of stakeholders and will provide opportunities for public input. The Planning Commission will receive an update on the project at their May 8th meeting. See below for a link to the agenda and meeting details.
A project website will be coming soon and regular project updates will be included in this newsletter. Stay tuned!