The Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking is in response to an executive order issued by Governor Kate Brown, directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. On May 19, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted temporary rules to update Oregon’s transportation and land use planning rules and intends to adopt permanent rules in July 2022.
Part of the rules require Eugene to adopt land use code changes to eliminate all minimum off-street parking requirements, or adopt land use code changes to eliminate parking requirements for certain uses and in certain locations (such as along transit corridors) and adopt changes to parking programs, policies and pricing to increase on-street parking management. (Reduction in off-street parking requirements does not prohibit on-site parking from being built.) The rules require Eugene to adopt parking maximums for certain locations. The rules also require Eugene to require the installation of electrical capacity and conduit for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new multi-family residential and mixed-use developments for a certain percentage of parking spaces. Once the permanent rules are adopted, City staff will work to understand how the newly required work intersects with existing work and Envision Eugene growth management strategies.