Housing Tools and Strategies

Project Overview

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, 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.

Two Work Sessions were held in December 2018 to share the results of the City's developed process with the Working Group to identify barriers. Those Work Sessions can be accessed here and here.

HTS Action Inventory

The Housing Tools and Strategies Action Inventory organizes the Working Group's 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. 


Items within the Action Inventory can be identified on the City's website with the icon above. This icon serves to provide a cohesive narrative around the HTS recommendations and their progress, identifying the items that serve to increase housing affordability, availability, and diversity of type. HTS for web

In-progress Actions

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
  1. Land Use
  2. Reduce Time & Cost Burden
  3. Increase Inventory
  4. Additional Options

This strategy includes actions that require some change to the City's land use code (Chapter 9).

Complete land use code audit of regulatory and process barriers to housing production

This audit is a process and regulatory audit of the land use code will identify barriers to ADUs and missing middle housing. By identifying these barriers we can amend the code in the future to facilitate easier development of these housing types. 

On March 18th, the Planning Commission provided input on the scope and methodology to analyze the City’s comprehensive plan, land use code, and other land development documents and regulations. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft audit on April 22nd. The presentation is available online as slides or as a webcast

The audit was completed in June. To see the completed audit and more details, visit the project website.

Improve the Clear and Objective standards

Revision of the Clear and Objective language will allow residential development to have a clear path forward for land use applications for housing, thus saving time and saving money. This is a set of approval criteria that are intended to be objective and measurable, which is useful for straightforward developments that don't require flexibility.

City Council gave the green light to advance proposed code amendments to the formal adoption process at the May 20 work session. The draft language provides the basic framework for code amendments that will implement the approved concepts for key issues identified at the beginning of the project, which range from simple maintenance fixes to addressing more complex items like tree preservation and geotechnical requirements. Refinements to the language are likely as the formal adoption process will include opportunities for community input at public hearings. We anticipate holding the Planning Commission public hearing this fall, followed by the City Council meeting this winter. The process will take approximately six to nine months before amendments are adopted. Stay tuned to the project website for upcoming meetings.

Housing Affordability Graphic Displaying Income Brackets of Common Job Types in Eugene

Community Involvement and Feedback Options:

  • Email - HousingTools@eugene-or.gov 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.

Contact Us

    1. Community Development

      Anne Fifield
    2. Economic Strategies Manager
    3. 99 W 10th Ave 
      Eugene, OR 97401 
      Ph: 541-682-5451
      Fx: 541-682-5572