A Climate-Friendly Area is an area where people can meet most of their daily needs without relying on a car. They are urban mixed-use areas that contain, or are planned to contain, a mixture of high-density housing, jobs, businesses, and services. These areas are served, or planned for service, by high quality walking, biking, and transit infrastructure to provide frequent and convenient connections to key destinations within the city and region.
By designating a Climate-Friendly Area, 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
- Improved facilities for people walking, bicycling, and taking transit so they can reach destinations without depending on long driving trips
- Reduced minimum off-street parking requirements to free up land for housing and other services
- More equitable outcomes for historically marginalized community groups and mitigate potential displacement
To help the state meet its climate goals, more development will need to occur in urban areas where people are less dependent on their cars. Over the last 100 years planning practices have served to separate activities, creating greater inequities within cities and widespread dependence upon the automobile to meet daily needs. Climate-Friendly Areas will help to reverse these trends.