The opportunity for local discretion in CFEC implementation varies between projects. Some requirements, including parking reform and new electric vehicle charging infrastructure, go into effect regardless of if Eugene amends its Land Use Code. Other projects, including the study and designation of Climate-Friendly Areas, require equitable community engagement and offer some opportunities for local discretion. Project staff are committed to a meaningful and accountable public participation process throughout the entire CFEC implementation process. We will focus public participation efforts where the community will have the greatest impact, within the requirements of the rules and related state laws. Staff are also committed to a realistic participation process. We will be transparent about the project’s constraints, scope, and timeline, including the requirements (and limitations on input) of the CFEC rules and related state laws.
Luckily, CFEC encourages the City to stay the course and furthers existing goals that residents and the Eugene City Council have supported through other community projects such as the Climate Action Plan 2.0, Envision Eugene, Eugene 2035 Transportation System Plan, Middle Housing, the Housing Implementation Pipeline, continued investments in downtown, affordable housing, and active transportation infrastructure, as well as other sustainability, housing, and transportation efforts.