Can I renovate or add on to my building without triggering the new code design standards?

Yes.  The proposed code specifies that renovations and additions up to 30% (see below) do not trigger the design standards.  The triggers are: 

  • New development on vacant property;
  • New buildings on property that is currently developed;
  • Alterations of existing buildings that add a dwelling(s), with specific exceptions for qualifying Secondary Dwelling Units.
  • For properties in the Mixed Use or Apartment/Condominium subdistricts: Expansions of existing building square footage by 30 percent or more, or that exceed 3,000 square feet, whichever is less;
  • For properties in the Single Family Options subdistrict: Expansions of 500 square feet or 30 percent or more of the total existing building square footage on the development site, whichever is less.  In cases where the standards apply, they shall be considered applicable only for the portion of the development site impacted by the proposed development.

Additionally, the city’s standard provisions for rebuilding structures after a catastrophe apply:  a building damaged in a fire, earthquake or similar event can be restored, as long as the reconstruction begins within two years of the damage.

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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?