Forced Upzoning & Redevelopment

Is this the future of Southwest Neighbors?

The Oregon Legislature has dictated that Eugene must upzone all single-family neighborhoods to allow redevelopment with triplexes and fourplexes. What’s more, the legislation leaves what gets built, and where, up to developers and large real estate investment organizations.

An example of a demolished neighborhood is how the character and livability of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood was destroyed when blanket upzoning allowed radical redevelopment.

Get informed. Get involved. Take action. Protect your neighborhood.

Join your neighbors for a highly informative seminar on House Bill 2001’s impacts and action you can take.

The Complete Survival Guide for Single-Family Neighborhoods” — Presented by Paul Conte Wednesday, December 11 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Tsunami Books2585 Willamette St. For more information, visit TrustTheNeighbors.org/seminar

Note to Southwest Hills Residents & Homeowners:

Homes south of W. 29th Ave. and around the Edgewood Shopping Center are prime targets for developers who want City Council to upzone so the developers can demolish homes and redevelop as high-end condos and apartments. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn specific actions you can take to protect your neighborhood.

Lane County Plastics Round-Up

Lane County will hold its first FREE Plastics Round-up on Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Glenwood Transfer Station, 3100 E 17th Ave, Eugene.

We’ll be collecting #2, #4 and #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles.

All materials brought to this event must be clearly stamped with a resin code (number inside chasing arrows) of #2, #4 or #5 and must be separated into shape descriptions. No other plastic types will be collected at this event.

All items must be washed clean. Remove all labels that are not printed on container.

Some examples of ACCEPTED items:

  • #2 and #5 yogurt tubs and #4 yogurt lids (separated into three categories)
  • #5 dairy and cottage cheese tubs (not the lid because it is not marked)

Some examples of EXCLUDED items:

  • Arizona tea jugs marked both #5 AND #7
  • Coffee Mate bottles #1

Why a Round-Up?

Recent disruptions to international recycling markets has driven changes in the collection of mixed recycling (aka curbside commingled recycling) systems in Lane County. Some communities have had to prohibit plastics in order to ensure that sorting facilities can produce a marketable paper commodity for remanufacturing.

Lane County and its partners are developing strategies to maintain recycling collection for the plastics that can be successfully recycled in the Pacific Northwest. The key to successful recycling is to ensure each commodity type is uncontaminated by other plastics or debris of any kind.

Interested in volunteering for this event?

Contact Kelly Bell at 541-682-2059 or kelly.bell@co.lane.or.us

For additional information, contact: plasticsroundup@co.lane.or.us or visit the Lane County website.

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Earthquake Hazards and Early Warning Systems (ShakeAlert)

Dr. Toomey from the UO Department of Earth Sciences will give a talk about earthquake hazards in Oregon and how the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system can be used by business, industry, government, and the public to become better prepared to respond to earthquakes.

August 8th, 2018
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At the Springfield Justice Center, 2nd Floor, 230 4th Street, Springfield, Oregon
August 2018 Training Flyer

Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC)

Please join the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 pm. In the Atrium Building located at 99 West 10th Avenue (off Olive Street in Downtown Eugene).

When we host
Eben Fodor

For a presentation and conversation around housing, zoning, neighborhoods and potential big changes to all three looming on the horizon.

While the goal of providing a growing population with more housing choices and more affordable options is widely accepted, there is concern that the idea of increasing density in the areas of single family lots throughout the city might fail to provide increased affordability and at the same time negatively impact the character of low density neighborhoods.

Eben Fodor is a local community planning consultant.
He has been a leading researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development. He writes on growth and sustainability issues and speaks on these topics across the US.

www.fodorandassociates.com

Second on the agenda will be a presentation and discussion with

Eric Brown, City of Eugene Planner and
Rene Kane, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) Neighborhood Planner
who will talk about the draft Neighborhood Planning Guidelines developed by the Planning Dept. & HRNI. The Neighborhood Planning Guidelines are intended to serve as a resource to residents interested in addressing local concerns and aspirations through a planning process or neighborhood project.

Police Chief Recruitment Process Opportunities

Eugene Police Chief Selection Process – Get Involved! 

The City of Eugene has entered the “Hire” phase of our Police Chief Recruitment process. We have a talented pool of applicants and plan to host finalists for the position in Eugene the week of March 12th!

Our goal is to create opportunities for community members to get to know the finalists and for the finalists to get to know our community. There will be multiple opportunities for community members to engage with this process. Visit this website for more information on community opportunities to engage.

Community Panel:

A Community Panel is scheduled for the morning of March 13th. The purpose of this panel is to offer the opportunity to engage with candidates and contribute in the selection of the next Police Chief to a broad spectrum of the community.  Selected panelists will participate in small group interviews with each finalist.

If this opportunity interests you and you’re available on March 13th from 8:00am -10:30am please submit your name, contact information and a brief statement of interest (30 words or fewer) here>> 

Process: 

All interested parties must submit their interest statement no later than February 28th at 9pm (DEADLINE EXTENDED) using this form>>

City Councilors, the Mayor and City Manager will make final selections of individuals who will participate in this process.

Community Forum:

Join us for a Community Forum open to everyone and viewable through webcast! Community members who attend the forum and those viewing from home can submit questions in advance or during the forum. This interactive forum will be held on March 13th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at Harris Hall.

Submit Questions

You can submit questions in advance or in person at the forum to be asked of finalists. Planning to watch on the web? Submit your questions by email through 6:00 pm. All questions will be reviewed, themed and asked of finalists as time permits.

What Do You Think?

People present can provide written feedback in person. Everyone can provide feedback by email. All feedback collected before Saturday March 17th at 9 pm will be compiled and shared as submitted to the City Manager for review.

For more information, questions and ADA accommodations requests (with 48 hours notice) contact Jennifer Lleras Van Der Haeghen at 541-682-5619.

Possible Housing, Density & Zoning Changes in South Eugene Join the Conversation

Sunday, February, 18th, 2-5pm, at the Youth House – 3350 Willamette St

  1. What is most appealing about our neighborhood?
  2. What does “livability” mean to you?
  3. What do you hope for in the future of housing in your neighborhood?
  4. What do you fear for in the future of housing in our neighborhood?
  5. Eugene’s population is growing rapidly and that is exacerbating housing access andaffordability.
    Do you agree with the idea that there is a need for more densification in South Eugene? Why or why not?
    [Brief Slide Presentation from UO Architecture Grad Student, Clay Neal.
    Clay will present a paired series of nine slides depicting a range of proposed options being considered for densification in South Eugene.]
  6. What are your reactions to the proposed ideas you’ve just seen? [Clay will explain the differences between the paired series of slides.]
  7. Where do you think new housing could be built in Southwest Eugene? Where not?
  8. What are you willing and unwilling to compromise on to accommodate more density?
  9. How would you want the City to seek your opinion about zoning changes to allow moredensity in our neighborhood?
    Would you want your neighborhood association to represent you in this process? Would you participate in a neighborhood land-use sub-committee?
  10. What feedback can you offer about this forum process? Was it useful?What would make it more useful?