Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods Update

By Greg Giesy

CSEN, Council of South Eugene Neighborhoods, was formed last fall by four Eugene Neighborhood Organizations–Friendly, SHiNA, Southeast, and Amazon–mainly because of the South Willamette Special Area Zone controversy. Since then, we have been expanding our coordination of issues that are common to our neighborhoods.

A May 4 candidates forum for Mayor and Ward One drew all ten candidates. This consolidated forum allowed them to come to one south forum instead of four. CSEN also coordinated a June 15 informational meeting with the City of Eugene on its Transportation System Plan for the next 20 years.

Recognizing the homelessness crisis and the unlikelihood that the funding and implementation required for publicly funded shelter beds will come together before the rainy, winter months, CSEN established a Vulnerable Populations Working Group. The first goal is to find safe shelter spots in the neighborhood for 40 people experiencing homelessness. At the August meeting, the group will discuss specific properties and locations around which we could build community support.

  • When:  Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Where: Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, Oregon 97405

Though the South Willamette Special Area Zone land use application has been withdrawn by City Council as of May 10, CSEN is trying to reestablish a subcommittee to work on this issue. The mayor has proposed a public meeting to discuss South Willamette on September 19 at South Eugene High School.

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