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Envision Eugene Newsletter
What's New with Envision Eugene?
February 17th, 2017
Over the next few weeks, we will be addressing some of the questions we have been hearing by email, phone and in person at our community information sessions. We hope that this will help everyone better understand the urban growth boundary (UGB) proposal and provide feedback. In this newsletter we tackle questions about an important component of implementing our community vision - providing housing affordable to all income levels. Read more below, or find the latest information on our website.
What are the major housing components of the UGB proposal?
Our analysis shows that, with the strategies discussed below, we have enough space within our existing UGB to accommodate 20 years of housing development. Therefore, the UGB proposal does not include an expansion for housing.

Over the summer we were looking for input on how to accommodate about 1,600 multi-family homes. In October, the Eugene City Council gave staff direction to accommodate these homes by continuing existing downtown development incentives and programs, and by increasing the minimum density in the R-2 zone. These land use strategies  are part of the UGB proposal, as are the studies about how much residential land we need and have for the next 20 years. Check out the multi-family housing page of our website to learn more.

Adopting our UGB will allow us to move onto three important initiatives related to housing: urban reserve planning (planning for 20+ years of growth), clear and objective standards for needed housing, and starting the growth monitoring program. These initiatives will help us ensure that we have enough land and the right policies to support the kind of development Eugeneans have said they want as part of Envision Eugene.

In addition to the UGB proposal, City staff continue to work on removing barriers to missing middle housing types such as duplexes, cottages, and townhouses, and they are working to provide more subsidized housing for people with low and very low incomes.
How did we determine we have enough land for housing?
Per state law, all buildable residential land must be counted as having capacity for housing. The City’s analysis takes into account that different land can accommodate different amounts of housing, depending on regulations and factors such as site size, slope and protected natural resources. Based on the City’s analysis and review by a technical resource group, we have enough land within the current UGB for twenty years of housing. Capacity of residential land is discussed in detail in the Residential Land Supply Study, particularly in Part II, the Housing Needs Analysis, Chapter 4. The UGB proposal also includes draft comprehensive plan policies establishing a growth monitoring program to monitor how our housing land develops.
How does the UGB proposal address housing affordability?
Housing affordability is one of the seven pillars of Envision Eugene, and a major concern for the community. The UGB adoption package addresses aspects of this complex issue in a number of ways. We are planning for an increased percentage of multifamily homes, which tend to be more affordable than single family homes. In addition, the land supply within our existing UGB includes flat land, which tends to be cheaper to build on. Third, by not expanding the UGB for housing and by promoting compact development, we hope to increase transportation options. By supporting alternatives to private automobiles, we cab help households reduce this portion of their budget. Finally, housing affordability is not only impacted by the cost of housing but local wages too. The UGB expansion in the Clear Lake area aims to accommodate jobs with higher than average wages, thereby increasing overall household prosperity.
Learn More and Provide Testimony

If you would like to learn more about housing and the UGB, our housing web page is full of information from high level overviews to extensive analysis and reports. For a visual depiction of the housing need we are planning for, have a look at this housing need infographic. We have also created this housing snapshot, which provides a visual summary of housing issues in Eugene. And, you can check out these fact sheets on multi-family housing strategieshousing mix, and population and demographics to learn more.

We encourage you to provide testimony either for or against aspects of the proposal. Your comments will help the Planning Commissions make their recommendations. Participating now will help us bring the best possible proposal to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners this summer.

You are also welcome to attend these upcoming meetings. There will be a work session with the Lane County Planing Commission on Feb 21st and a joint work session and public hearing with both the Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions on March 7th. The work sessions provide opportunities to learn more about the proposal and the public hearing provides an opportunity for verbal testimony.
Lane County Planning Commission
Feb 21st, 6pm Work Session
Goodpasture Room 
Lane County Customer Service Center 
3050 N Delta Hwy
Eugene OR

There will be no broadcast of this meeting.
If you plan on attending, please send us an email to say you'll be there, if possible. We want to make sure we have enough seating.

City of Eugene and Lane County
Planning Commissions
March 7th
6pm Work Session
7pm Public Hearing
Harris Hall, 125 E 8th Ave
Eugene OR

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