Housing Tools and Strategies
Housing affordability and availability is a long-standing and growing problem in Eugene. There is a need for a comprehensive, coordinated approach that considers the spectrum of tools and strategies available to the City to promote more housing affordability, availability, and diversity.
At the May 30, 2018 Work Session Opens a New Window. , Eugene City Council passed a motion to have staff implement a process to identify barriers to housing affordability, availability, and diversity, and to suggest, evaluate, and recommend possible strategies and tools to address the barriers. The project recommendations were presented to Council in December.
Below are links to the Council presentations in December-
Certain recommendations, identified as administrative actions, were identified by Council as priorities to move forward due to their short-term, staff-level complexity of implementation. These actions are currently being researched. Council requested that staff return for a Work Session in spring 2019 to deliver a list of longer-term, higher complexity list of recommendations to begin implementing.
A Council Work Session has been scheduled for March 13, 2019 in Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene.
The City is contracting with a consultant to facilitate a Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group. There will be four meetings to hold focused conversations with the Working Group about barriers to housing and identify tools and strategies. The City is also contracting with an economist to evaluate existing and potential tools and strategies to further inform City decision-making. At the end of the four meetings the Working Group will make recommendations to City Council on options to improve housing affordability, availability and diversity in Eugene. For more information, please see the project charter.
At the December 10, 2018 Work Session, Council was presented with a draft summary report from Strategic Economics evaluating tools and strategies available to meet the goals of increase housing diversity, affordability, and availability. The Strategic Economics Summary Report can be accessed at this link.
The final version of the Strategic Economics Housing Tools & Strategies Evaluation report is now available for viewing.
Community Involvement and Feedback Options:
- Email - HousingTools@eugene-or.gov Opens a New Window. is the project email available to send in questions and/or give feedback. This email goes to an inbox monitored by staff, not directly to Working Group members. ONLY emails sent to the Housing Tools email will be included with certainty so please make sure to use this email.
Past Meeting Materials:
Working Group Meeting 4: November 28, 2018
The Housing Tools and Strategies working group met for the fourth and last time on November 28, 2018. Mayor Lucy Vinis and City Manager Jon Ruiz welcomed the group members and then stayed to observe the meeting. At this final meeting, the working group deliberated and voted on which options to move forward in a final recommendation to City Council at a work session scheduled for December 10th at 5:30PM.
Before the working group began its deliberations, they worked to deepen their understanding of the Strategy 4 options not discussed at the previous meeting and took a straw poll on these options as to know which of these to move into voting.
The group then moved into deliberations and voting on the options. As there are over 60 options and limited time to deliberate and vote, the options that received the most support in the straw poll on November 14th were prioritized for deliberation and voting. The voting results are available below. Options that did not receive a final vote are indicated in the document and ranked based on the straw poll results from November 14th.
The online survey for community feedback closed on December 2nd. Feedback will be summarized by the facilitator, shared with City council and made available online. The full text of all feedback will be retained and included in the final packet of materials for City Council. Staff will present at a work session for City Council at 5:30 pm on December 10th.
Community and Participant Feedback
- Meeting 3 Participant Evaluation Summary
- Meeting 3 Community Survey Summary - full survey results
- Summary of Community Email Feedback - full text of emails
- November 28, 2018 Agenda
- Housing Tools Options and Explanation - includes new options identified at the November 14th meeting
- Housing Tools Options - Additional Information
- Strategic Economics Presentation - This work is preliminary and subject to change.
- Votes by Option Number
- Votes by Strategy and Support
- Video Recording of Meeting
Past Meeting Materials:
Working Group Meeting 3: November 14, 2018
The Housing Tools and Strategies working group met for the third time on November 14, 2018. Mayor Lucy Vinis welcomed the group members and then stayed to observe the entire meeting. At this meeting, the working group focused on understanding and evaluating the list of options that was generated at meeting 2.
Before the working group began its deliberations, the facilitator explained the ‘Groan Zone’ theory (slide 6 in the Meeting Presentation slides) around difficult work and how the group will move through the process. She also reviewed how we got from the list of brainstormed options in meeting 2 to the list of options Opens a New Window. presented to the working group for deliberation. Strategic Economics presented information Opens a New Window. that described Eugene’s population and its housing stock.
In small groups, the working group discussed the benefits and drawbacks of the options and identified further questions they had about them. At the end of the discussion, the working group identified options that they liked and disliked.
We invite community members to watch the video and review the meeting materials. Community feedback submitted by November 25th will be summarized by the facilitator, shared with the working group and made available online. The full text of all feedback will be retained and included in the final packet of materials for City Council.
At the November 28th meeting, the group will deliberate and vote on which options to move forward in a final recommendation to City Council at a work session scheduled for December 10th at 5:30PM.
November 14, 2018 Meeting Materials:
- November 14, 2018 Agenda
- Meeting 2 (10.4.18) Community Feedback
- Working Group Interests List
- Working Group - Options for Consideration
- Working Group - New Options from 11.14.18
- Working Group - Options Straw Poll
- Video Recording - Working Group Meeting
- Meeting Presentation Slides
- Meeting Presentation Slides - Strategic Economics
Past Meeting Materials:
Working Group Meeting 2: October 4, 2018
The Housing Tools and Strategies working group met for the second time on October 4, 2018. Mayor Lucy Vinis welcomed the group members and thanked them for their continued service to this issue and our community, and then stayed for the entire meeting. At the October 4th meeting, the working group:
- Completed work towards “Telling the Story” of housing affordability, availability, and diversity, which included:
- Identifying challenges to creating housing supply and;
- Creating a list of what they love about Eugene and why they continue to choose to live here.
- Identified interests. (watch the recording to better understand what separates an interest from an option, begins at 01:08:00 and lasts approximately 4 minutes)
- Brainstormed a list of options Opens a New Window. . The right-hand column shows the potential solutions the working group participants identified as needing more explanation, data or evaluation.
- Reviewed a list of options and ideas from Strategic Economics Opens a New Window. who is providing technical information and analysis.
We invite community members to watch the video and review meeting notes - Thank you to the working group note takers. Community feedback will be summarized by the facilitator, shared with the working group and made available online. At the November 14th meeting, the group will review new information about the options so far and begin deliberations and discussion to better understand and evaluate them.
October 4, 2018 Meeting Materials:
Past Meeting Materials:
Working Group Meeting 1: September 12, 2018
The Housing Tools and Strategies working group held their first meeting with 30 of the participants in attendance. Mayor Lucy Vinis attended the meeting and welcomed our volunteer working group participants. There was robust conversation from multiple vantage points representing housing advocacy, developers/builders, neighborhoods, young professionals, and housing consumers across all income levels.
The group explored the challenges around housing including who's impacted and how and identified broader community impacts beyond those directly impacted. The group identified housing as a "wicked problem" with tensions and trade-offs between competing values and needs. They also explored the deep complexity of the problem, and it became clear that the barriers to housing are more than financial.
September 12, 2018 Meeting Materials:
Working Group :
The working group meetings were open to the public and anyone who was interested was welcome to attend and listen. Materials and a summary of the discussion have been posted to this site. Community feedback and questions regarding the working group meetings may be provided through the housing tools and strategies contact email- HousingTools@eugene-or.gov.
- Aimee Walsh
- Alyssa Powell
- Amy Bradbury
- Anne Delaney
- Betsy Schultz
- Caleb Peterson
- Carmel Snyder
- Carolyn Jacobs
- Chris Parra
- Claudia Orozco
- Dan Hill
- Dan Neal
- Dan Straub
- David Saez
- Deborah Dailey
- Ed McMahon
- Eliza Kashinsky
- Emily Reiman
- Eric Richardson
- Isaac Judd
- Jacob Fox
- John VanLandingham
- Kaarin Knudson
- Lisa Fragala
- Mark Miksis
- Mel Bankoff
- Norton Cabell
- Pat Hocken
- Regina Perry
- Roman Anderson
- Ron Bevirt
- Susan Ban
- Tai Pruce-Zimmerman
- Ted Coopman
- Terri Harding
- Tiffany Edwards
- Ward 1: 19%
- Ward 2: 13%
- Ward 3: 6%
- Ward 4: 13%
- Ward 5: 6%
- Ward 6:13%
- Ward 7: 19%
- Ward 8: 10%
Eugene City Council: March 13, 2019
Past Meeting Materials:
- December 12, 2018 Eugene City Council Work Session
- December 10, 2018 Eugene City Council Work Session
- May 30, 2018 Eugene City Council Work Session
- September 24, 2018 Eugene Planning Commission: Agenda; Meeting Webcast
- October 10, 2018 Making it Happen! Planning Division Project Fair: Poster; Handout