All summer long, we have been working toward a decision on how to accommodate our multi-family need. Our analysis showed that, given our land supply and development trends, we didn’t have enough space for about 1,600 multi-family homes out of the total 15,000 homes needed over the next 20 years. In July, the Envision Eugene Team provided a range of options to Council that would accommodate these homes. This video explains that situation and this fact sheet shows the options presented to Council.
On Monday, October 24th, Council landed on two strategies to accommodate those remaining 1,600 multi-family homes. One strategy accommodates our high density housing need downtown through existing incentives and programs. The other accommodates our medium density residential need by increasing the minimum density in the R-2 zone from ten units per acre to fourteen. Lots smaller than half an acre and affordable housing developments would be exempt from the new minimum density requirement. You can view the webcast of the Council work session by clicking on the image below.
The strategies selected by the Council aim to balance the Envision Eugene pillars with technical feasibility, timeliness and input received from the public. Thank you to all of you who participated online and in person. Your input helped us arrive at this decision. Thanks also for the other input you provided on the key corridor strategy, concerns about the impacts of density, housing affordability and monitoring growth trends, among other issues. All of these topics will be important in future planning efforts.
This action by Council allows the process of adopting our own urban growth boundary to move forward. Over the next couple of months, the Envision Eugene Team will finalize the urban growth boundary adoption package. The formal adoption process will begin in early 2017. See our website for the project timeline.
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