In response to a 2020 state mandate setting goals for emission reductions, Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules. Eugene and Springfield, among other metropolitan areas across the state, are required to change housing and transportation planning systems to encourage more climate-friendly development and reduce emissions from transportation.
Implementation of CFEC will take place over several years. First up, Eugene will change its approach to off-street minimum parking requirements for new development, as required by state law. To inform this choice, the City is reaching out and listening to residents to better understand the trade-offs of parking requirements with other local priorities and values.
- How do we plan for parking cars throughout the city?
- Who decides if parking is needed on an individual lot?
- What actions are most equitable and effective?
Weigh in on how we adapt to climate change and plan a community that is flexible, sustainable, and affordable.
This work is essential to get Oregon on track to achieve our greenhouse gas emissions targets. The Oregon Global Warming Commission released its 2023 biennial report, which found that Oregon is still behind in achieving these goals, particularly in reducing pollution from transportation, responsible for about 38% of the state’s climate pollution.
In 2020, former Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 to require an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050, as well as directing state agencies to promote cleaner vehicles, cleaner fuels, and less driving. This Executive Order led to the creation of the CFEC requirements, which will result in changes to Eugene’s Land Use Code and comprehensive housing and transportation plans of several years.
Catch up with CFEC Parking Reform, what’s already happened, and what’s coming next on Eugene’s CFEC webpage.