Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities 

Advancing Eugene's climate action, housing production, and transportation goals

In March of 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while also centering the needs of Oregon’s most vulnerable communities. In response, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission developed new requirements, the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules, for cities to help meet these goals through changes to local transportation and housing planning systems. Eugene and Springfield, among other metropolitan areas across the state, are required to change development standards to encourage more climate-friendly development and reduce emissions. This page outlines Eugene's efforts to implement the CFEC requirements.

CFEC Cityscape Blue Badge

Project Goals

Through CFEC implementation, the City of Eugene will accomplish the following goals:

  • Comply with the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities requirements
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and housing
  • Provide more climate-friendly housing and transportation options
  • Center the voices of historically marginalized community groups in decision-making

Implementation

To implement the new requirements, the City of Eugene will advance a few key strategies through 2026, including:

  • Plan for more housing and jobs in Climate-Friendly Areas such as in downtown, in commercial centers, and along key corridors designed so people can live, work, and play without having to drive 
  • Remove off-street parking requirements to free up land for housing and other services, support pedestrian-friendly design, and reduce housing costs
  • Prepare for a future with more electric vehicles by ensuring new mixed-use and multi-family housing development provides charging infrastructure 
  • Plan for more climate-friendly transportation options so that people can walk, bike, roll, and take the bus safely and easily
  • Plan for more pedestrian-friendly and compact development across the city so neighborhoods are more connected
  • Throughout the process, center the voices of historically marginalized community groups and improve equitable transportation and housing outcomes, particularly for those who have been harmed by past planning, climate, and transportation decisions
  • Track progress towards achieving more equitable outcomes in transportation and housing, increasing housing production, and supporting areas where people can bike and walk more easily across the city

Luckily, these are projects that residents and Eugene City Council have already supported through other community projects such as the Climate Action Plan 2.0, Envision Eugene, the Housing Implementation Pipeline, continued investments in downtown, affordable housing, and active transportation infrastructure, as well as other sustainability, housing, and transportation projects. CFEC will result in updates to the Eugene Land Use Code, revisions to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan and 2035 Transportation System Plan, as well as revised requirements for development permits.

Stay Connected and Updated

This page will be regularly updated as CFEC evolves. Make sure to follow CFEC on Engage Eugene to find opportunities for public participation. For project-specific information, see the project tabs below. As new implementation projects begin, tabs will be added.

CFEC Public Meetings: Implementation Overview

For project-specific meetings, see the project tabs below.

  1. Climate-Friendly Areas
  2. Parking Reform

Climate-Friendly Areas

CFEC Climate Friendly Areas Logo. City-scape with bike, bus, and trees.

A Climate-Friendly Area (CFA) is intended to be an area where most people can meet their daily needs without relying on a car. They are urban mixed-use areas that contain, or are planned to contain, a mix of high-density housing, jobs, businesses, and services. These areas are served or are planned to be served by high-quality walking, biking, and transit infrastructure to provide frequent and convenient connections to key destinations within Eugene and the region. 


By designating a CFA, Eugene will update its housing and transportation plans for these areas to have:

  • Opportunities for increased development where people can live, work, shop, and play
  • Identified and prioritized improvements that make it easier and safer for people to walk, bike, roll, and take transit to their destinations
  • Strategies to avoid or minimize displacement of vulnerable residents, as well as preserve and increase affordable housing options

Climate-Friendly Areas Study Submitted to DLCDCFA Study Cover Page

Through the state-required CFA Study, Eugene identified potential areas across the city and studied the most promising locations. This study is primarily a technical analysis of what areas in Eugene can meet certain state requirements and criteria. This CFA Study does not recommend a final configuration of Climate-Friendly Areas for designation. Instead, the Study evaluates each of the "Suitable CFAs" based on the additional criteria recommended or required in the CFEC rules, including zoning, development regulations, active transportation facilities, and more. Additionally, Eugene considered the risk of housing displacement of historically marginalized community groups stemming from CFA designation.  Read the full CFA Study and technical appendices below.


Climate-Friendly Areas Study

Appendix A. CFA Engagement Approach

Appendix B. LCOG Technical Analysis Package

Appendix C. Suitable CFA Demographic Profiles

Appendix D. Staff Review of Tools, Actions, and Policies


What's Next?

The CFA Study is the first step in the CFA designation process. In 2024, the City will begin the process to select Eugene’s CFAs. The selection process will include community engagement, a recommendation from the Eugene Planning Commission, and direction from the Eugene City Council. The final CFAs may include a few or many of those identified in the CFA Study but may also include other areas identified by the public or decisionmakers. Staff will propose an adoption package for the final CFAs including code and plan amendments, as well as housing displacement mitigation strategies, within Eugene’s upcoming urban growth planning work. The package is anticipated for adoption by the City Council in 2026. CFA designation is not intended to be static. The City will monitor and potentially increase areas with this designation during future urban growth planning, which is statutorily required for housing needs every eight years.


Public Meetings

The Eugene Planning Commission will hold a work session on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. to receive an update on the Climate-Friendly Areas Study, ask questions and provide feedback, and discuss next steps. Meeting agendas and materials for Planning Commission meetings are available here.


Key Dates

  • December 31, 2023: Submit a study to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development of areas that could be designated as Climate-Friendly Areas. The study will include an equity analysis and suggested strategies to prevent and mitigate displacement.
  • December 31, 2026: Designate Climate-Friendly Areas through comprehensive plan and land use code changes, ensuring the designated areas:
    • Accommodate 30% of the total dwellings needed to serve Eugene’s existing and future housing needs
    • Allow a mix of higher density housing, jobs, businesses, and services
    • Limit auto-centric land uses
    • Allow development of higher densities, taller buildings, and mixed uses
    • Require a high level of pedestrian-oriented design standards
    • Invest in walking, cycling, and transit infrastructure

Contact Us

Public Involvement Lead

Leah Rausch
Associate Planner
LRausch@eugene-or.gov

Parking Reform

Reid Verner
Land Use Supervisor
RVerner@Eugene-or.gov


Climate-Friendly Areas

Leah Rausch
Associate Planner
LRausch@eugene-or.gov

Climate-Friendly Transportation

Rob Inerfeld
Transportation Planning Manager
rinerfeld@eugene-or.gov