Will Inclusionary Zoning Help Solve Eugene’s Housing Affordability Crisis?

Housing in Eugene is becoming less and less affordable, even for those who are employed. There is a shortage of reasonably priced housing units in Eugene. This mirrors an escalation in rental rates and cost of buying a home in many cities on the west coast. Portland is one of the cities leading the nation in this housing shortage. Several strategies have been suggested to address the issue. One of the most common is Inclusionary Zoning. That strategy uses zoning codes to require developers to include below-market rate rental apartments or for-sale houses as part of multi-unit developments. Incentives are often offered to developers to soften the financial impact of inclusionary zoning on housing projects.
Oregon was one of two states outlawing cities and counties from enacting inclusionary zoning until SB 1533 was passed in the 2016 Oregon Legislature and went into effect last June. Inclusionary zoning has yet to be implemented in Eugene or any other Oregon city. There are questions of whether and how to use this new tool to provide affordable housing.
The inclusionary zoning provisions in SB 1533 allow cities or counties to adopt zoning and other code provisions that impose certain conditions for approval of building permits that would require up to 10 percent or 20 percent of units in a multifamily development project be dedicated for lower income home buyers or renters.
Our speakers will discuss Oregon’s new inclusionary zoning provisions and how these statewide policies might be implemented locally to help stimulate the construction of additional affordable housing.
  • Lorelei Juntunen, ECONorthwest – Project Director
  • John VanLandingham, Housing Policy Board member
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: UO Academic Extension at the Baker Center, 975 High Street, Eugene, OR 97401
The First Questioner will be Chris Wig, local housing affordability advocate.