The City Council is considering zoning changes to encourage infill and make possible more dense development on single family (R-1) lots throughout the city. The theory behind this approach is that by allowing the development of more accessory dwellings, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, courtyard apartments, cottage clusters, bungalow courts, townhouses, multiplexes and live/work buildings (all called “Middle Housing”) on single family lots, we can provide a growing population with better access to more “affordable” housing.
Southeast Neighbors have invited Eben Fodor, a local planning consultant and researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development, to discuss the theory.
He asks us to consider:
- What evidence exists to demonstrate that these new housing types are more affordable?
- How would we prevent the loss of older more affordable homes if increasing land values spur speculation?
- Will new infrastructure (schools, parks and roads) be needed and how will it be paid for?
- What about impacts to neighbors (solar shading, loss of privacy, yards, gardens, play areas, open space and trees, increased traffic, parking needs and noise, etc.?
All Community Members of Eugene Neighborhoods Welcomed!
Join the South Eugene Neighbors for a Lively Conversation on
Thursday, March 1st, 7:00 pm at Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard Street