Learn More About the Plan

There is no easy way to learn about this complex plan that includes three new zoning classifications, three new overlay districts, and will fundamentally change the zoning on almost 500 properties. To start off you can review the building heights map. Keep in mind that many buildings could go up one additional story higher than the maximum heights shown on the map with height bonuses.
Then you can look at the zoning maps for the current and proposed zoning. These show the 229 single family (R-1) homes that would be converted to higher densities.
Then, you can try reading through the actual code amendment (see below). It’s 83 pages of code language that define the changes that would take place.

The City’s online information until recently has been scattered across many locations. The City's updated website for the SW-SAZ promoting the plan can be found here: http://www.eugene-or.gov/sw-saz
Then you can review some of the issues about this plan that concern us most here.

UPDATE:  As you probably know, a Work Session on SW-SAZ (watch the webcast) occurred on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at noon. The outcome of that meeting was that the Eugene City Council adopted Councilor Mike Clark's motion 5-3. On November 9, 2015, during another Work Session, Councilor Clark's motion was "suspended" - 4-4 with Mayor Piercy breaking the tie to enable the suspension. A report on this meeting by Edward Russo was published in the Eugene Register-Guard on Tuesday, November 10. 

This is the text of the original October 21 motion. The suspension removes directives and safeguards which would have protected single-family housing not only in the South Willamette zone, but also elsewhere in the city where rezoning will be scheduled:

“Direct the city manager to:

1)   Reschedule the public hearing on the South Willamette Special Area Zone to January 19, 2016.

2)   Engage the affected neighbors and property owners and bring back revised zoning and plan amendments for public hearing on January 19th that will accomplish the following:

a)   Does not change the plan designation or rezone any property currently zoned R-1 or immediately adjacent to a property zoned R-1, unless none of the adjacent properties have an existing single-family home or duplex and the owner agrees to the rezoning.

b)   Ensures that use and development standards for all properties that are not zoned R-1 will protect R-1 property residents’ livability, including:

i) Protecting residents’ visual privacy in their homes and backyards, especially from significant intrusion from occupants of structures that are two or more stories; and

ii)   Protecting residents from significant negative impacts from structures that block solar access or reasonable sight lines; and

iii)  Protecting residents from significant negative impacts arising from vehicle use and loading.

3)   Follow the direction above with respect to all future planning and proposals for the new comprehensive plan, code and plan amendments (previously identified by staff) on transit corridors that may impact R-1 properties.”

Councilors Clark, Brown, Poling, Taylor and Evans voted in favor.

Councilors Zelenka, Syrett and Pryor voted against. Mayor Piercy opposed the motion, but does not vote except in a tie.

Please take action now and make your voice heard.