Multi-Family Housing Options

Overview


Over the course of Envision Eugene, residents and elected officials have said we should accommodate the anticipated 15,000 total new homes over the next 20 years within our existing urban growth boundary if possible. Thanks to over five years of input from Eugene's residents, robust technical analysis, and Council direction, we’ve found that we have land across Eugene to do most of this. We just need to find space for about 1,600 homes.

At their October 24 meeting, the Eugene City Council directed staff to prepare the urban growth boundary adoption package using two strategies to meet our remaining multi-family housing need: 1) High Density Residential Downtown Redevelopment Strategy, and 2) Medium Density Residential Option B to increase minimum density requirements (in R-2 zones) with exemptions for lots under half an acre in size and subsidized affordable housing developments.  For more information, see the work session materialsthe presentation, and the multi-family housing outreach results report. 

Other overview materials:

Background


Our initial strategy for accommodating the final 1,600 multi-family homes was to increase redevelopment near corridors through area planning (community visioning, zoning code to match the vision, and development incentives to build it). The South Willamette Special Area Zone work was a pilot test of the area planning strategy. Community and Council discussions regarding zoning and livability in the South Willamette area raised concerns about implementing the area planning strategy, both in South Willamette and city wide.
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For this reason, and because Eugene needs to have all of our programs and tools for accommodating needed housing in place before or at the same time the UGB is adopted, the Council will need to decide on a different way to ensure we have enough land for multifamily homes in order to adopt our new UGB.
   

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We’ve found a range of options to choose from to provide space for these remaining homes, including adjusting assumptions about housing development, requiring more housing than we'd otherwise see, or expanding the UGB for multi-family housing. After preliminary technical analysis, we then grouped them into tiers. The first set of strategies are what we are focusing on right now. These strategies would improve the efficiency of land development and appear to be most feasible from a technical standpoint.

Preliminary analysis has shown that by using existing incentives and programs, about 1,000 of these homes could be accommodated in Eugene’s downtown, where higher density apartments make sense. That means we only need to find space for about 600 homes! These 600 are homes like smaller apartments, townhomes, duplexes, and some single-family housing. The first set of options for addressing these includes prohibiting detached single-family housing in existing medium density zones or requiring a higher minimum density of all housing in medium density zones. Many details need to be discussed to ensure these options are workable and provides housing that's compatible with Eugene's neighborhoods.

Below are links to more detailed information:

      A. Envision Eugene Decision Process Diagram
      B. Multi-family Housing Options List
      C. Multi-family Housing Options- Tiered List
      D. Envision Eugene Outreach Summary 2010-2016
      F. Envision Eugene UGB Adoption Timeline 2016-2017

  • Technical Resources Group materials- preliminary technical analysis of how many homes the housing strategies might accommodate
  • Learn more about 20-minute neighborhoods in Eugene.

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