Not so fast on rezoning – Eugene Weekly

Why are so many Eugene neighbors concerned about the mid-range housing code changes proposed by the planning department? The simple answer is that planners have gone far beyond the requirements of state law (HB 2001) to benefit developers at the expense of Eugene residents.

State law already requires that multiplexes be permitted on all single-family lots. But planners want to go further. They propose doubling the density beyond what is required, increasing allowable building heights to three stories (42 feet), expanding lot coverage so that buildings can cover the entire site of development, eliminate off-street parking requirements and allow units to be as large as the lot can fit.

This will allow giant three-story monsters to take over the entire lot, dominate neighbors’ homes, consume all street parking for the entire block, and clear all trees and green space from the site.

There is no requirement that any of these multiplexes be affordable and there is nothing stopping them from becoming short-term rentals (Airbnbs) which will not contribute to our needed housing supply.

The proponents of this radical rezoning plan are mostly those who will personally profit from the exploitation of our neighborhoods: wealthy developers and their real estate and design cronies.

Let the mayor and city council know that you want Eugene to initially pass only the minimum requirements to comply with state law before the June 30 deadline. Additional incentives may be added later which will have clear affordable housing criteria.

Eben Fodor


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