The Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking is in response to an executive order issued by Governor Kate Brown, 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. On July 21, 2022, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted rules to update Oregon’s transportation and land use planning rules. Eugene has a long history of supporting related efforts to address climate change, and there is overlap with several City plans and projects that support compact development, climate resiliency, increasing the share of trips made by non-auto modes, and removing barriers to housing affordability.
Part of the rules require Eugene to adopt land use code changes to eliminate all minimum parking requirements citywide, or, take a multifaceted approach to adopt land use code changes to eliminate parking requirements for certain uses and in certain locations and adopt changes to parking programs, policies and pricing to increase on-street parking management, including pricing at least 10 percent of on-street spaces. One of the requirements of these new rules includes a provision that for development on land within 1/2 mile of frequent transit corridors (including the River Road Corridor), the City may not require minimum on-site parking requirements after December 31, 2022. This provision goes into effect automatically along with provisions to remove parking requirements for certain types of development. (Removing minimum parking requirements does not necessarily mean no parking will be built, lender requirements and market dynamics usually result in parking being built.)
Additional parking changes will be part of upcoming Eugene City Council discussions and citywide code changes that will go through a formal adoption process with opportunities for public input. While most of the parking changes must be adopted locally by June 30, 2023, depending on the path selected, a few requirements are due after this date and a few become effective earlier. Note that some of the parking changes also apply Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) wide and will require Lane County participation.