Yes. State and city law require legal notices to property owners and occupants within the Special Area Zone boundary and also those within 500 foot of the area prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing. The same area is planned for notification of the City Council hearing, although this is not currently required by City Ordinance. The City of Eugene has a state-acknowledged citizen involvement program that insures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process. The City staff far surpassed these minimum obligations over five years of extensive public engagement. Over the years, outreach has included door-to-door canvassing of businesses on Willamette St., multiple neighborhood picnics, meetings and board meetings, a “test-drive” workshop with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, contributions to neighborhood newsletters, the creation of a code concepts video, and regular emails to an interested parties list that grew to over 650 participants. Prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing, and in addition to the required noticing, city staff sent a second mailing – a postcard – to every owner and occupant on the required list, as well as other stakeholders.
Recently, staff participated on a panel at the South Willamette multi-neighborhood forum, and continues to talk with and email dozens of people about the proposed code. All public comments are documented in the project record.