Has city staff gone above the minimum public engagement required by state and city law?

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.

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1. Why adopt the SW-SAZ now? What purpose does this plan serve?
2. How does South Willamette connect to Envision Eugene?
3. Are the existing buildings the maximum height and area allowed under the current code?
4. Were legal notices sent to residents?
5. Has city staff gone above the minimum public engagement required by state and city law?
6. How and when was the study area boundary established?
7. Are multi-family residential uses currently allowed on Willamette St. in the commercial area?
8. Has the City studied how the proposed code would impact the area differently than the current code?
9. Does proposed code account for the need for light, air and views on Willamette Street?
10. Can I renovate or add on to my building without triggering the new code design standards?
11. Does the plan reduce existing problematic adjacencies between high density development and low density houses?
12. Will my Property Taxes be affected?
13. Will the City of Eugene rezone other properties adjacent to the SW-SAZ, or across South Eugene?
14. Is the outcome already decided?
15. Will EmX serve the South Willamette area?
16. Is MUPTE being adopted in South Willamette?