Middle Housing Code Changes | HB 2001 

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Implementing House Bill 2001

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The Oregon State Legislature passed a law in June 2019 that requires large cities in Oregon, including Eugene, to allow more housing types of all shapes in sizes to be built in more places.  Revising Eugene’s Land Use Code to comply with House Bill 2001 will shape how our community develops and expand opportunities for where people can choose to live and what type of home they live in. The Land Use Code will be amended to allow middle housing in residential areas by June 2022. To learn more about the project, explore the resources offered on this webpage, including the  HB 2001 Frequently Asked Questions.

The Code Adoption Process Has Begun!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted written testimony and to all those who shared spoken testimony at the Planning Commission public hearing.  The written record for the Planning Commission public hearing has closedThe Planning Commission will then conduct deliberations at meetings through January 11 and make their recommendation to the City Council, who are the decision-makers.

The project will remain open for comment through the Council process and comments received will be included in testimony forwarded to the City Council. Your comments can be sent to middlehousingtestimony@eugene-or.gov.

Planning Commission Deliberations Schedule

Additional public meeting dates and information are published at the bottom of this webpage.

  • 01/11/22 - Middle Housing Deliberations/Recommendation
  • 01/25/22 - Middle Housing Recommendation Letter to Council - Finalization

Review the Draft Code

Since the publishing of  Version 1 of the draft code, staff prepared Recommended Changes, which were considered by the  Planning Commission. Based on the Planning Commission review the recommended changes were incorporated into Version 2  of the draft code.  Based on deliberations that occurred in December, Version 3 of the draft code has been prepared for continued deliberations in January. 

  • Version 1 (9/21/21) - Available Here
  • Staff's Recommended Changes - Available Here
  • Version 2 (12/2/21) - Available Here
  • Version 3 (1/7/2022) - Available Here

Highlights of the Planning Commission’s guidance to staff in preparing the draft land use code include:

    Focus on equity and inclusion as code choices are made. 

    Encourage and incentivize middle housing across the community.

    Near transit routes, encourage compact development by reducing parking requirements. 

    Pursue incentives and programs beyond the code as part of our ongoing housing work.

Preparing for the Code Changes

The city is entering an exciting phase of work in planning for middle housing options - the formal adoption process! Earlier this summer, the project team drafted middle housing land use code language, using the results of the technical analysis and community engagement work as a foundation.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 16th and will conduct their deliberations through the end of the year and into January. See more information below.


Guide to the Adoption Process

Staff has created a new Guide to the Adoption Process. The guide includes project background information, summaries of the proposed code amendments, how to get involved, and more. We hope this information is helpful and that you're able to share it widely with your networks.


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Project Background and Information

  1. Meet the Housing Types
  2. HB 2001 Rules & Model Code
  3. Lot Sizes Around Eugene
  4. Helpful documents
  5. Project Timeline

Housing Types in HB 2001

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Public Engagement

As outlined in the Middle Housing Public Involvement Plan, we kicked off the project in the summer of 2020, and spent 10 months reaching out to an Equity RoundTable, Healthy Democracy panel, boards and commissions and local partners, and the general public. To learn more about our outreach efforts to date for this project, check out this infographic below. Click on the infographic for a link to a high-resolution PDF of the infographic.  Outreach will continue as we reach more people and work our way through the formal adoption process. For more information about engagement done so far, read the February Outreach Report. An emphasis continues to be placed on online methods that comply with current health guidelines.

Middle Housing Engagement Summary

Components of the Public Engagement

  1. Community-Wide
  2. Lottery-Selected
  3. Equity RoundTable
  4. Stakeholder events
  5. Student Outreach

Middle Housing Survey

One of the ways we engaged the community was through a Middle Housing survey. Thank you to the 741 community members who took the survey! Results and takeaways from the survey were shared at the April 13, 2021 Planning Commission Meeting.

Middle Housing on Social Media

the project team has maintained a  social media presence on the EUG Planning Facebook pageInstagram, and through an AMA on Reddit. 5 Facebook Live events were held about Zoning's connection to larger issues-- transportationclimateeconomicsequity, and engaging with Gen-Z. Follow along @EUGPlanning

More Ways to Engage

Additionally, introductory and background materials such as Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, and links to more information are available here on the Middle Housing project webpage. We also maintain an Engage Eugene page, monthly EUG Planning newsletter

Provide Public Comment

We want to hear from everyone! The project team is planning a variety of outreach strategies to assist people in adding their voices at this important stage of the process. Look for a Guide to the Adoption Process, including a summary of the middle housing proposal, informational videos, links, FAQs, and ways to get involved. Submitted testimony is published at the bottom of this webpage.  

The project team has set up an email address for public comments about the middle housing project! Community members can send their comments to middlehousingtestimony@eugene-or.gov, and staff will compile the public testimony for sharing with the Planning Commission and City Council at their respective points in the process. Additional public meeting dates, public testimony, and information are published at the bottom of this webpage

The Complicated History of Residential Zoning 

  1. Zoning and Exclusion
  2. Segregated by Design Video
  3. Zoning Matters Video
  4. Planning Commission Work Session on Exclusion Video
  5. Resources to Learn More

To move forward, we must first look back and acknowledge actions in the past that have harmed and excluded members of our community. Residential Zoning has a complex history that resulted in exclusion of low-income, black, indigenous, and people of color from certain neighborhoods. In Oregon this history was especially harmful with direct exclusion of non-white people from the state from 1844 until 1926*. Although those exclusions are illegal today, their negative impacts are still affecting our community through the legacy of exclusionary zoning. Housing policy and code changes are an opportunity to mitigate those. 

In The Color of Law, author Richard Rothstein tells how early zoning ordinances specifically banned blacks from certain zones. The Supreme Court outlawed that in 1917, but in many cities, Rothstein writes, “To prevent lower-income African Americans from living in neighborhoods where middle-class whites resided, local and federal officials began … to promote zoning ordinances to reserve middle-class neighborhoods for single-family homes that lower-income families of all races could not afford.”

*After the passage of the 14th amendment in 1866, this law was rendered moot, however, remained in the Oregon Constitution.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Meeting materials will be posted when available.

City of Eugene Planning Commission-January 11, 2022, 5:30pm (meeting materials, watch live)

City of Eugene Planning Commission-January 25, 2022, 5:30pm (meeting materials, watch live)  


Past Meetings & Events

Past meeting materials can be found here.

City of Eugene Planning Commission-December 14, 2021  (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission-December 7, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission-November 30, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission-November 16, 2021,  (watch video

Middle Housing Information Session and Q&A- October 26, 2021 (watch video, meeting chat)

Middle Housing Information Session and Q&A- October 21, 2021 (watch video, meeting chat)

Middle Housing Information Session and Q&A- October 19, 2021 (watch video, meeting chat)

Joint Planning Commission and City Council Work Session- October 18, 2021

City of Eugene Planning Commission- October 12, 2021

City of Eugene Planning Commission- September 28, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- August 10, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- June 28, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- June 21, 2021  (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- June 14, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- May 25, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene City Council- May 24, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- May 17, 2021 (watch video)

Equity Roundtable- May 12, 2021

Developer Focus Group - May 10, 2021

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- May 6, 2021 (watch video)

Local Partners & Boards and Commissions Roundtable- April 29, 2021 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #15- April 27, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- April 26, 2021 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #14- April 22, 2021 (watch video)

Developer Focus Group- April 22, 2021

Healthy Democracy Panel #13- April 20, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- April 13, 2021 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- April 1, 2021 (video coming soon)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- March 9, 2021 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- March 4, 2021 (watch video)

Land Use & Housing Economics: what drives the price of new construction?- March 4, 2021 (watch video)

Local Partners Roundtable- March 1, 2021 (watch video)

Boards and Commissions Roundtable- February 25, 2021 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #12- February 23, 2021  (watch video)

Equity Roundtable- February 22, 2021

Healthy Democracy Panel #11- February 18, 2021 (watch video)

Land Use & the Climate- February 18, 2021 (Facebook Live)

Equity Roundtable- February 17, 2021

Healthy Democracy Panel #10-  February 16, 2021 (watch video)

Land Use & Equity: What are the Connections?- February 10, 2021 (Facebook Live)

Where the Code Hits the Road: Land Use and Transportation Planning- February 4, 2021  (Facebook Live)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- February 4, 2021  (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- February 1, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene City Council- January 25, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- January 12, 2021 (watch video)

City of Eugene Planning Commission- December 14, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- December 10, 2020 (watch video)

Equity Roundtable- December 8, 2020 

Healthy Democracy Panel #9- December 5, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #8- December 3, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- December 3, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #7- December 1, 2020, (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #6- November 24, 2020  (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #5- November 21, 2020 (watch video)

Equity Roundtable - November 19, 2020 

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 19, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #4- November 17, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #3- November 14, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #2- November 12, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 12, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Panel #1- November 10, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- November 5, 2020 (watch video)

Local Partners Roundtable- October 29, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- October 29, 2020 (watch video)

Boards and Commissions Roundtable- October 28, 2020 (watch video)

Healthy Democracy Steering Committee- October 22, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene Planning Commission- August 11, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene City Council- July 22, 2020 (watch video)

Eugene Planning Commission- June 22, 2020 (watch video)



Project Documents & Links

From the state:

Project Background 

Project Outreach and Engagement

Analysis

FAQs and More Information

Draft Code Amendments

Submitted Testimony*

*An index and information for each batch  of testimony is included as the  first section of each batch. This is the testimony submitted up: November 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Any testimony received after November 29, 2021 at 5:00pm will be testimony will be sent to the City Council prior to their decision. That testimony will be uploaded after the Planning Commission's recommendation to the City Council.  


  1. Terri Harding

    Principal Planner

  1. Sophie McGinley

    Assistant Planner