Draft Middle Housing Code Language is Live!

It’s an exciting time for the Middle Housing Implementation Project—we now have draft code language to share! Draft middle housing land use code language has been developed in response to the broad public input, as well as cycles of technical analysis and review with outreach groups and the Planning Commission. To be clear, this is not yet the public hearings process; however, it is an important step to hear from Planning Commission before we prepare an adoption package with refined code language and staff recommendations for Fall 2021. Continue reading for project updates, how we got here, next steps, and ways to get involved.

The Draft Code Language

The Draft Code language is being released in phases via the Planning Commission packets all month long. During the meetings, the project team will guide the Commission through the sections of draft code language in front of them, ask for questions and feedback, and keep track of comments to inform a final set of revisions to include in the draft adoption package. The dates and code sections/topics are as follows:

  • June 14th: Land Use Code definitions and residential zones
  • June 21st: Special & General Development Standards (includes new middle housing standards)
  • June 22nd: This meeting will be held only if needed
  • June 28th: Special Area Zones and Adjustment Review

Next Steps

The adoption process for land use code amendments includes a Planning Commission public hearing and recommendation, followed by a City Council public hearing and action. The adoption package is anticipated to be shared with the Commission and the public in early August, six weeks ahead of the Planning Commission public hearing, which is planned for late September. Links to full Planning Commission meeting packets and links to watch meetings live are available here.

Get Involved

The project’s Engage Eugene and web page are frequently updated with opportunities to engage community members and provide information about middle housing in Eugene. Additionally, community members are welcome to provide public comment via email or by speaking at a public meeting. If you have any questions about the project or how to be involved, contact Public Engagement Lead Sophie McGinley.

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This project has concluded. Please visit www.eugene-or.gov/middlehousing for more information.

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