Conversation on Rezoning, Infill and Middle Housing on Single Family Lots

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

     

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: https://www.eugene-or.gov/3834/Community-Opportunities

 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 the 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 – 6:30pm at Harris Hall.

Submit Questions
You can submit questions in advance (by email epcrecruit@ci.eugene.or.us) or in person at the forum to be asked of finalists. Planning to watch on the web? Submit your questions by email through 6:00pm to epcrecruit@ci.eugene.or.us.
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 to EPCrecruit@ci.eugene.or.us. All feedback collected before Saturday March 17th at 9pm 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 or Jennifer.e.vanderhaeghen@ci.eugene.or.us.

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?

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) General Meeting

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

 

Meeting Agenda:

1:15 – 2:00pm Board Members Set-Up Room.
Sign-In & Name Labels, pick up Card & Pencil – (45 mins)

2:00 – 2:05pm Meeting Starts:
Welcome Southwest Hills Neighbors – 1 of 3,671 addresses.
SHiNA Boundary Map with this location & 2 possible future subdivisions.
(Here we are at the new Youth House, on Willamette St, here’s City View & McLean Blvd.) Introduce SHiNA Board & Vote on 12/14/17 Board Meeting Minutes.
Please visit the SHiNA Website, Facebook & Nextdoor – (5 mins)

2:05 – 2:15pm Refreshments are in the kitchen area. Any Announcements or Public Comments? (2 minute maximum for 5 people) – (10 mins)

2:15 – 2:30pm Intro to Youth House & Hosea Speakers: Paul and/or David speak.

Youth House tour and Q & A time will be at 4:30pm outside this hall – (15 mins) 2:30 – 4:30pm Thank Southeast Neighbors Land-Use Sub-Committee.

Intro Clay Neal, UO Architecture Grad Student with presentation & questions about housing, density & rezoning options for SW Hills neighbors – (2 hrs) 4:30 – 5:00pm Announce Youth House tour and Q & A outside the meeting hall.

Please sign-in, leave your cards & our pencils on the table.
Also any & all SHiNA donations are greatly appreciated!
Take a voter card if you’ve moved or are unregistered for the May elections.
Next General Meeting Topic: Discuss the City Auditor measure on the May ballot. Newsletter, Website, Facebook & Nextdoor will announce the Sunday in April, time & place. Contact the SHiNA Board through our email: shina_board@googlegroups.com
Next Board Meeting: Thursday, March 8th, 6-8pm, Wayne Morse Family Farm.
Board Members please stay to Clean-Up Room.
Meeting Adjourned – (30 mins)

 

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Building 4J’s Future: Bond Community Forum

Eugene School District 4J is holding a community conversation to seek input on a potential bond measure. The school board is talking with our 4J community about how and when to replace or renovate buildings and materials that no longer serve our students well. Please share this event with other folks who may want to join the conversation!

BOND COMMUNITY FORUMS

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7–8:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 7–8:30 p.m.
Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 10–11:30 a.m.
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

Monday, Feb. 26, 7–8:30 p.m.
Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.

Thursday, March 1, 7–8:30 p.m.
Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Rd.

More information: http://www.4j.lane.edu/2018/02/2018-bond-community-forums

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/399996297115848/

SHiNA Annual Meeting & Elections 05 November 2017

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association

SHiNA Annual Meeting & Elections

Sunday, November 5th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm 595 Crest Drive, Wayne Morse Family Farm

Be an active neighborhood member Become a member of the SHiNA Board

Topics of Interest Include:

Speaker Jim Wienecke (River Road Park District Board Chairman) will discuss a proposed initiative for a City feasibility study on forming a special district for Parks & Rec similar to Willamalane.

Elections of Board Nominees & Positions
Vote on Proposed Charter & Bylaws Changes Discussion on Leaning Trees, Barking Dogs & Rats

Snacks & Refreshments will be Available

 

Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) General Meeting – Reminder

Please join us to share your viewpoints on how our community can be even better!

Next Southwest Hills Neighborhood Assoc (SHiNA) General Meeting                            on Sunday, October 15th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm                                                                      at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA)                                                Will speak on Air Quality, Q & A follows                                   

SHiNA Board Nominees & Positions will be addressed                                                             

Proposed Bylaws Changes will be discussed

Let’s have an open conversation about Neighborhood Watch,              Suspicious Behavior and Appropriate Description of Persons.                                                   

These are topics that neighborhood people have voiced interest in & concerns about.

Twelve 3-Galloon Water Bottles will be Raffled !

 

EWEB Open House Oct. 17, 2017

Are you ready for the winter storm season? Curious about utility infrastructure improvements?

EWEB Open House
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
500 East 4th Avenue, North Building, Eugene
Free parking, near LTD bus stop and bike path

Stop by EWEB Headquarters for practical information on winter preparedness, energy and water efficiency incentives. Hear project updates and provide feedback on electric generation resources, pricing and more. Speak with EWEB managers and commissioners. Bring the kids for an interactive electrical safety demonstration. Door prizes and light refreshments offered. Customers will also receive a 3-gallon emergency water container to take home, while supplies last.

Can’t make it? Live chat with @EWEButility on Facebook and Twitter, or visit eweb.org for preparedness tips and program information.