Keeping in touch: Notes from the Mayor

Mayor Lucy VinisThis blog aims to nurture our conversation and understanding of the issues before us. Every week, I will provide a weekly update on the activities in the city government, my activities as mayor, and brief reflections on progress, opportunities and challenges. You are invited to respond with reactions, insights and questions. We do this work together.

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Jun 22

Weekly Recap - June 22, 2018

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 4:00 PM by Elena Domingo

Council began the week with a wide range of topics during Monday’s public hearing.

First up was comment on proposed modifications to the City’s Transportation System Development Charges.  The SDC’s have not been modified since 2004, and the proposed changes call for an increase in fees by approximately 50%, but include discounts to encourage the construction of certain types of housing close to transit corridors.  Transportation SDCs are fees attached to development to provide funding to support increased capacity and impact on roads related to increased population. It is paid by the builder. Among the proposed incentives are a discount of 50% for Accessory Dwelling Units and 15% for building in transit corridors identified through Envision Eugene.  This will come back to council for a vote in July.

We followed this hearing with another related to extending the hours that people can tailgate before games at Autzen Stadium.  The proposal extends the allowed time from four to six hours to reduce the congestion before games and is expected to reduce the intensity of binge drinking because people have more time to relax before the game. This will come back for a council vote on July 9th.

On Wednesday, council engaged in a robust discussion about C2 zoning.  C2 zoning is applied to neighborhood commercial areas.  Often C2 areas host single story commercial buildings, but the zoning permits multistory structures, as high at 12 stories. These zones could be key areas in meeting our multi-unit housing options, but also can challenge neighborhood livability if they are out of scale to surrounding single family areas.  This was a discussion only, and is part of our larger conversation about where and how to accommodate growth.

I want to close this blog by expressing my gratitude to the 17 Mayors who traveled to the Texas border to protest the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, and to our federal delegation, Senators Merkley and Wyden, and Congressman DeFazio, for demanding humane treatment of immigrant parents and children. My role as a mayor is to work to ensure that everyone who lives here has the opportunity to live healthy and peaceful lives, and I am horrified that the federal government would work against this fundamental purpose.