System Development Charge Exemption for Affordable Housing

Housing for low-income persons is eligible for an exemption from paying local charges imposed by Eugene City Code (EC) 7.705, per  EC section 7.725.  All local SDCs are eligible to be exempted through the program, except Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC) regional wastewater fees (in most cases). There is a limited amount of exemptions available annually, so an exemption is not guaranteed for all developments that qualify. 

The SDC exemption may be used to support rental development and homeownership development.  The income limit for rental development is 60 percent of the area median income, and for homeownership development it is 80 percent of the area median income, based on the income limits published annually by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The affordability requirement must be met for a minimum period of five years.  For more information regarding SDC exemptions, please see this summary of the program.

To help provide a clear framework and process for projects interested in getting SDC exemptions, the City will be using a request for proposal (RFP) process to allocate funds.

FY24 Request for Proposals (RFP) - CLOSED

The FY24 RFP for SDC Exemptions closed on November 8, 2023.  The next RFP will be posted in 2024. Please contact Housing Tools Analyst, Laura Hammond, if you have questions.