The website and Public Involvement Plan talk about equity. What does social and racial equity have to do with housing policy?

The Public Involvement Plan for this project has an intentional focus on equity and inclusion. These areas of focus mean we added new ways for community members to engage, in addition to the variety of existing methods we have in our public engagement toolkit. Planning projects affect the entire community; however, traditional engagement efforts face challenges in reaching certain parts of the community. This structure has created disproportionate representation in the planning process and has resulted in exclusion of some people and groups who are directly impacted by plans and policies. As summarized by Oregon Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) Commissioner Anyeley Hallova during a rulemaking meeting on the House Bill, “before racial segregation through zoning, some neighborhoods had more diverse housing types with mixed incomes that are part of our beloved neighborhood fabric. As intentional as racially segregating housing policy was, we need to be as equally intentional about providing equitable housing outcomes for all.” Across the country, we have a difficult history of exclusion to grapple with, and our intent with this project is to acknowledge that history, and move forward with a focus on inclusion for all, including renters, low income people, people with disabilities, young people, seniors, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. For more information, you can review the History of Residential Zoning fact sheet and visit the project webpage. 

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1. What is House Bill 2001? Why are you calling it the “Middle Housing” project?
2. What parts of Eugene will be affected by HB 2001?
3. What is a “zone” and how do I find out the zoning of a specific property?
4. Can I still build a single-family home?
5. Some properties have CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions). Does HB 2001 override CC&Rs? How do I know if a property has CC&Rs?
6. If House Bill 2001 rules are written for the entire state, how do we make sure the implementation meets Eugene’s specific needs?
7. Has any other city or state done this before?
8. Who are the decision makers in this process?
9. What is a “roundtable”? How were the Boards and Commissions, Local Partners and Equity Roundtable groups formed?
10. What is the Healthy Democracy Panel? Does the panel have decision-making authority?
11. When and how will you involve the general public? How can neighborhood associations or other groups get involved?
12. The website and Public Involvement Plan talk about equity. What does social and racial equity have to do with housing policy?
13. What if I have concerns with the requirements of House Bill 2001?
14. Will new middle housing be affordable?
15. Doesn’t new market-rate housing cause gentrification, so prices in the neighborhood increase?
16. Can the City require that new middle housing units be affordable to people in certain income ranges?
17. Are there ways for the City to provide incentives or other strategies to make middle housing more affordable?
18. How else will the City’s proposed middle housing standards address City equity and affordability goals?
19. Is increased regulation of middle housing beneficial in creating more housing opportunities?
20. What else can the City do to support development of housing affordable to people with limited means?
21. What is Senate Bill 458/Middle Housing Land Division?
22. How does SB 458 relate to the Middle Housing project?
23. Does Senate Bill 458 only apply to new construction?
24. How would middle housing land division work if the City allowed detached middle housing units?
25. What is the difference between a partition and Senate Bill 458?
26. Could I add an ADU on a lot to my unit of Middle Housing?
27. If I owned a plex through middle housing land division, could I add additions to my house? Such as increasing the square footage?
28. Does SB 458 require local jurisdictions to approve vertical divisions (i.e. divisions in which one or more units of middle housing is not on the ground floor)?