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.