Will this project lead to displacement?

This project aims to avoid displacement as a result of designating Climate-Friendly Areas, as well as other required land use code changes. The City recognizes that rent and housing costs are too high. In Eugene, almost half of community members pay more than they can afford for housing and it’s an even higher percentage for those that rent. Eugene also has a low amount of housing that is vacant; this limits movement between dwellings which makes affordable rental housing difficult to access and creates instability for many people and families. CFEC joins several recent and ongoing projects in Eugene that work to increase housing production and affordability, including Middle Housing, Renter Protections, the Housing Implementation Pipeline, and other affordable housing investments. CFEC specifically works to allow for more housing production in areas that are walkable and have good access to transit. Long-term, more housing in accessible areas is a primary strategy to reduce the cost of housing.

Eugene is committed to centering and elevating the voices of communities who have historically been left out of or harmed by past planning efforts. Many communities have experienced real harm through racist and other discriminatory planning practices in the past, including prohibition on owning property or living in certain areas, forced relocation, highway building, lack of investment, and more. This project will intentionally engage these communities in decision-making.

The state requirements define these historically marginalized community groups to include Black and African American people, Indigenous people, People of Color, people with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, low-income Oregonians, renters, people experiencing homelessness, youth and seniors, LGBTQ+ people, and more. While studying Eugene’s potential Climate-Friendly Areas, project staff will complete an equity analysis. This analysis includes a review of data on Eugene’s neighborhoods and meetings with community partners to understand where there may be potential for displacement of marginalized communities. As part of the analysis, City staff and community organizations will identify and recommend strategies to reduce or eliminate this potential displacement. Each CFEC project will include specific attention to marginalized communities and ensure their engagement in the planning effort, as well as monitoring progress towards achieving more equitable outcomes.

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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?