NLC statement submitted to the Mayor, City Manager and City Council on December 5, 2018
Mayor and Council,
We all agree that housing affordability and availability are growing problems in our community. The City’s neighborhood associations are committed to helping address these issues; those who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage or to even find a place within their budget are our neighbors and we want to find ways to assist them.
We were initially hopeful that the Housing Tools and Strategies working group would have a robust deliberative process that would result in well researched recommendations to you. Unfortunately, we feel there was insufficient time and little or no analysis done for the participants to adequately discuss and assess the pros and cons of the options presented.
Given this, by a unanimous vote of the NLC members we are asking that the Council not move forward on any recommendations from the HT&S Working Group before adequate analysis has been done to assess the benefits and potential negative impacts of each recommendation. NLC hopes that Council will utilize the efforts of the working group to identify all options and strategies that could most benefit from more in-depth analysis and direct the City Manager to establish new working groups to do this work.
We stand ready, as individuals and neighborhood leaders, to work with you to determine what we can do to lessen this financial burden for all our neighbors.
The City Council has scheduled a work session to possibly take action of the Housing Tools and Strategies Work group recommendations on Dec 10.
Since will not be meeting until late January the NLC agreed to have a special meeting on December 11 the day after council talks about Housing Tools and Strategies in a work session in order to respond in a timely manner.
Rene has secured the Saul Room on the 3rd floor of the Atrium from 6:00-8:30. The first half hour will be a cookie social, so bring your favorite cookies.
City staff presented and Council discussed proposed language on vacant properties, nuisance odors related to marijuana cultivation, and nuisances related to hoarding on Wednesday’s (11/28) City Council work session.
Here’s a link to the AIS (Agenda Item Summary) prepared by Code Compliance staff.
As part of the Envision Eugene urban growth boundary (UGB) process, in 2015, City Council provided direction on housing by initiating several projects. These included establishing a baseline UGB, establishing urban reserves, growth monitoring and updating the City’s needed housing (clear and objective) regulations. A map was designed to allow the public to visualize the impact of the clear and objective criteria on the residential areas identified as undeveloped or partially vacant during the 2012-2032 Buildable Lands Inventory.
The fourth, final meeting to generate and evaluate preferred concepts to improve the Clear & Objective Housing Approval Criteria will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM in the Atrium Building Lobby, 99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR. If you haven’t yet, please send an RSVP to Julie@cogitopartners.com.
The Public Shelter Feasibility Study and Homeless Service System Analysis Mid-Project Presentation by the Technical Assistance Collaborative takes place Wednesday at noon. The purpose of this work session is to update City of Eugene and Lane County elected officials on work to develop a comprehensive homeless services system map and progress towards recommendations for public shelter and other system improvements. Staff from the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) will present the results of their work thus far and seek specific feedback to inform refinement of the homeless services systems map and forthcoming recommendations. The final report will be delivered in December, 2018. Download materials…
Monday, October 8, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM Fire & EMS Administration Office, 1705 West Second Avenue, Eugene, OR
The work group will cover Transportation, Geo-Tech/Slope, and Compatibility issues. The Summary of Key Issues report provides a basis for this next phase of work. The final report and Appendix D, a summary of the feedback received on the draft report, are available under the ‘links’ tab on the project website.