More Single-family Housing

Re-designation for More Single-family Homes
Background
The March 2012 draft Envision Eugene recommendation presented identified some areas for re-designation that at the time, were currently planned for multi-family housing (i.e. Medium Density Residential or MDR) on the future land uses map (Metro Plan land use diagram) and may be better suited for single-family housing (i.e. Low Density Residential or LDR): 
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  • Re-designation to LDR would accommodate more single-family housing on existing lands, reducing the need to expand the Urban Growth Boundary.
  • Multi-family homes that would have occurred on these MDR lands would instead be planned along key transit corridors and in or near our core commercial areas.
  • Denser housing occurring in these corridors near close-in commercial centers with good transit service, could reduce travel needs and create compact, walkable neighborhoods. 
Medium Density Residential Designated Areas to Low Density Residential
The March 2012 draft Envision Eugene recommendation presented identified areas to study for re-designation to LDR including the Crow Road Study Area and two North Eugene sites (Ayres & Gilham). In general, they were identified because they:
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  • Are larger Medium Density Residential sites or areas, located outside of the core area of the city, further from commercial and transit services;
  • Are located outside adopted nodal development areas where higher housing densities are assumed;
  • Are not fully developed or part of approved or in-process development plans;
  • Have appropriate surrounding development patterns;
  • Have transportation or natural resource constraints that may limit the amount of new homes.

Action
The re-designation studies and the formal adoption process and now complete, and Crow Road (in part) and Gilham Road were re-designated to Low Density Residential. The Ayres Road site was withdrawn from consideration.  For more information, see the Crow Road Study Area and the North Eugene Sites.

Parks and Open Space Designated Areas to Low Density Residential

Since the March 2012 draft Envision Eugene recommendation was presented, two additional sites were identified for re-designation studies for more Low Density Residential housing; Irving Rd./Eagles Site and the Willamette St./Rest-Haven Site. In general, they were considered because they:
 

  • Are larger sites,
  • Are privately owned Parks and Open Space (POS) designated sites where the property owner has indicated that they don't need all of their land for their private POS type uses (e.g. cemeteries, golf courses) but would like to use a portion of the land for housing,
  • Since the city's land supply analysis assigns no housing capacity to POS designated sites, re-designation from POS to Low Density Residential would allow the city to count that portion of land towards the city's residential land need and would reduce the UGB expansion need.
Action
The re-designation studies and the formal adoption process are now complete and the Irving Rd/Eagles site was re-designated to Low Density Residential. The Willamette St/Rest-Haven site was withdrawn from consideration.

For the most recent project information, see the Residential Re-designations webpage.