“Demystifying Refinement Plans” Seminar


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by Paul Conte

Join your neighbors and Paul Conte to shine the light on this “mysterious” thing called a “refinement plan” on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Good Samaritan Society, 3500 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405.

What You Will Learn

  • What a “refinement plan” is in practical terms
  • The three types of refinement plans and how they’re used
  • A brief history of Eugene’s neighborhood and special area refinement plans
  • The kinds of “planning elements” that are included in a refinement plan
  • The legal effect of a refinement plan
  • Where refinement plans fit in the planning hierarchy. i.e., the relationship to state statutes, comprehensive plans and Eugene Code
  • The conceptual and legal relationships of refinement plan policies to Metro Plan policies
  • The conceptual and legal relationships of refinement plan policies to land use and code and zoning districts
  • The creation and approval process for refinement plans
  • The role of the “Planning Team” in neighborhood and special area refinement plans.
  • A comparison of neighborhood and special area refinement plans with what City planners call “area planning,” e.g., South Willamette Concept Plan
  • A comparison of neighborhood and special area refinement plans with what City planners call “Strategic Neighborhood Assessment and Planning” (SNAP), e.g., the Santa Clara & River Road Outreach and Learning Project (SCRROL)
  • Myths and facts about refinement plans .
  • Getting started – How your neighborhood can have an up-to-date refinement plan

Who Should Participate

  • Residents (including homeowners and renters), local business proprietors, property owners and anyone active in community institutions and organizations (such as schools) who are committed to the long-term health, vitality and livability of their neighborhood community
  • Board members of city-charted neighborhood organizations
  • Professional planners
  • City officials, including city councilors and members of boards and commissions
  • Anyone who wants to empower and assist neighborhood members in planning their own “best future”
  • Anyone who has an irrational fear of neighborhood refinement plans

Admission Fee

There is no required fee; however, when you sign in, you will be politely urged to pledge a donation of $1.00 to $25.00 to Community Supported Shelters.

About the Presenter

A bit about the presenter Paul is an accredited Earth Advantage Sustainable Homes Professional who has been active in supporting sustainable and livable neighborhoods for many years. He served as co-chair of the Jefferson Westside Neighbors and was a member of the Planning Team that wrote the Westside Neighborhood Plan (a refinement plan).

Along with his neighbors, Paul led the successful development of the Jefferson-Westside Special Area Zone, which remains the only Eugene zone that incorporates infill compatibility standards. Paul also worked with former City Councilor Bonny Bettman to have the City Council adopt “Opportunity Siting” as the City’s primary strategy for mixed-use development in established neighborhoods. Paul co-chaired the Envision Eugene Committee on Mixed-Use Development. Paul is currently spending most of his waking hours being trained by “Beau,” the new Havanese puppy who recently adopted Paul and his wife, Janice.

Click here to view the “Demystifying Refinement Plan” presentation slides.