What is Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities?

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.

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1. What is Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities?
2. What parts of Eugene will be affected?
3. What is a Climate-Friendly Area?
4. How will Climate-Friendly Areas be selected?
5. Will downtown be a Climate-Friendly Area? How does the designation interact with Urban Renewal and other existing downtown projects and priorities?
6. Will this project lead to displacement?
7. If these requirements are from the state, how do we make sure the implementation meets Eugene's specific needs?
8. When and how will you involve the public? How can neighborhood associations or other groups get involved?
9. Has any other city or state done this before?
10. Who are the decision-makers in this process?
11. How will the City “center” historically marginalized community groups?
12. If this is about “climate-friendly” development, where are the requirements for renewable energy, tree preservation, and building decarbonization?
13. What if I have concerns about the requirements of CFEC?
14. Who can I contact if I want to know more?