HTS Working Group
The City contracted with a consultant to facilitate a Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group. There were four meetings on focused conversations with the Working Group about barriers to housing and tools and strategies were identified.
Additionally, the City also contracted with Strategic Economics to evaluate existing and potential tools and strategies to further inform City decision-making.
The Strategic Economics report can be accessed at this link.
The Housing Tools and Strategies Working Group was comprised of 35 community members ranging in interest, skills, involvement, and advocacy for housing development.
At the end of the four meetings the Working Group voted on recommendations to improve housing affordability, availability and diversity in Eugene. More details about the Working Group and Working Group meeting materials and summaries are included below.
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.
A diverse group of stakeholders with broad perspectives in housing affordability, equity, development barriers, and community values has been assembled as a working group.
- Ward 1: 19%
- Ward 2: 13%
- Ward 3: 6%
- Ward 4: 13%
- Ward 5: 6%
- Ward 6:13%
- Ward 7: 19%
- Ward 8: 10%
- Meeting 1- September 12, 2018
- Meeting 2- October 4, 2018
- Meeting 3- November 14, 2018
- Meeting 4- November 28, 2018
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:
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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. 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 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:
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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 presented to the working group for deliberation. Strategic Economics presented information 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 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