The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules in mid-2022 to help meet the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while also increasing housing choices and creating more equitable outcomes for all Oregonians.
Eugene and Springfield, among other metropolitan areas across the state, are required to change housing and transportation planning systems and development standards to encourage more climate-friendly development and reduce emissions from transportation.
Project implementation will comply with the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities rules to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and housing
- Support more climate-friendly housing and transportation options
- Center the voices of historically marginalized community groups in decision-making
The key elements of the CFEC implementation include:
- Designate Climate-Friendly Areas
- Reform parking requirements
- Prepare for a future with more electric vehicles
- Plan for more climate-friendly transportation options
- Plan for compact, walkable design
- Center the voices of underserved communities
- Monitor housing and transportation outcomes and adjust over time
The new requirements are mainly about making is easier to do climate-friendly development where people want to build it and the market calls for it. Neighborhoods where people can access everything they need within a 20-minute walk are part of Eugene’s community vision. While single-unit homes (previously known as single-family homes) will continue to be allowed and provide most housing, Oregonians have a diverse set of housing desires and need and deserve more affordable and climate-friendly choices.
The requirements look to address the current climate crisis, improve equity in housing and transportation investments, and plan for a more climate-friendly future in Oregon cities.