Housing Tools and Strategies
Housing affordability and availability is a long-standing and growing problem in Eugene. There is a need for a comprehensive, coordinated approach that considers the spectrum of tools and strategies available to the City to promote more housing affordability, availability, and diversity.
At the May 2018 Work Session Opens a New Window. , Eugene City Council passed a motion to have staff implement a process to identify barriers to housing affordability, availability, and diversity, and to suggest, evaluate, and recommend possible strategies and tools to address the barriers. The process that resulted was the Housing Tools and Strategies (HTS) Working Group.
HTS Action Inventory
Staff have consolidated the actions identified with the Working Group, Better Housing Together, and other technical research into a single document, the Housing Tools and Strategies Action Inventory. This document is the first step towards implementing “a housing action plan” identified through the HTS process.
The HTS Action Inventory organizes the identified potential actions into three categories:
- In-progress actions;
- Recommended actions; and
- Not recommended actions.
The document is intended to be used as an inventory of potential actions that can affect housing affordability, availability, and diversity of type. It is a large menu of actions that can be implemented over time, many of which require additional research to understand impacts, resources required, and how best to implement to be effective. It is a work in progress—it will be modified as new ideas emerge, as actions are implemented, and actions found to be ineffective are removed from the inventory. For each action, the document provides a brief explanation and the level of support the action had from the HTS working group.
Work has been initiated on the following actions identified in the HTS Action Inventory, organized into four broad strategies.
- Remove Land Use Code Barriers
- Reduce Time and Cost Burden for Development of Housing
- Increase Inventory of and Access to Affordable Units, and
- Additional Options
Projects and initiatives in each of these broad strategies are detailed below.
- Complete land use code audit of regulatory and process barriers to housing production
- Improve the Clear and Objective standards
- Streamline/speed up the permitting process
- Clarify requirements for stormwater treatment and erosion control standards
- Streamline trench inspection process
- Advocate to change liability requirements for condominium projects
- Review tree removal policy
- Automatically create an account for a project with EWEB when City permit is initiated
- Identify new revenue sources for affordable housing/Charge a CET
- Shift money from the General Fund to Affordable housing
- Reduce delays for environmental reviews of affordable housing projects
- Expand Eugene's land banking program
- Use data to improve decisions and understand impact
- Allow more types of temporary housing
- Create a housing action plan/implementation strategy
- Protect renters and availability of rental properties
Community Involvement and Feedback Options:
- Email - HousingTools@eugene-or.gov Opens a New Window. is the project email available to send in questions and/or give feedback. This email goes to an inbox monitored by staff, not directly to Working Group members. ONLY emails sent to the Housing Tools email will be included with certainty so please make sure to use this email.