Oregon is grappling with a troubling history and current patterns of inequity and discrimination, including in land use, zoning, and transportation investment (and disinvestment) decisions. Wealth and health have been concentrated among the privileged, at the expense of others. This project takes some steps towards redressing past harms.
Increasing the density of jobs and affordable housing in attractive neighborhoods – those where people can live, work, and play – counters displacement in lower income areas. Offering more climate-friendly transportation options and reducing emissions helps to achieve environmental justice by reducing pollution and negative health impacts in neighborhoods.
Eugene is committed to centering and elevating the voices of communities who have historically been left out of or harmed by past planning efforts. Many communities have experienced real harm through racist and other discriminatory planning practices in the past, including prohibition on owning property or living in certain areas, forced relocation, highway building, lack of investment, and more. This project will intentionally engage these communities in decision-making.
The state requirements define historically marginalized community groups to include Black and African American people, Indigenous people, People of Color, people with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, low-income Oregonians, renters, people experiencing homelessness, youth and seniors, LGBTQ+ people, and more.
While studying Eugene’s potential Climate-Friendly Areas, project staff will complete an equity analysis. This analysis includes a review of data on Eugene’s neighborhoods and meetings with community partners to understand where there may be potential for displacement of marginalized communities. As part of the analysis, City staff and community organizations will identify and recommend strategies to reduce or eliminate this potential displacement. For this CFEC project, centering historically marginalized communities means intentionally planning with the people who have been left out of planning decision-making in the past. Staff will work to engage community members to understand their housing and transportation needs, the risk of displacement, and their priorities for community investment.
Each CFEC project will include specific attention to marginalized communities and ensure their engagement in the planning effort, as well as monitoring progress towards achieving more equitable outcomes.