How will Climate-Friendly Areas be selected?

The Climate-Friendly Areas designation process will have three steps: 1) Study, 2) Select and Adopt, and 3) Evaluate and Increase.

Step 1: Study

In 2023, Eugene will identify potential and study the most promising locations for Climate-Friendly Areas across the city. This study is primarily a technical analysis of where in Eugene can meet certain state requirements and criteria.

An important part of selecting Climate-Friendly Areas will be engaging historically marginalized communities to identify any areas where people might be at risk of being displaced from increased development and propose strategies to prevent or mitigate displacement.

Step 2: Select and Adopt

In 2024, the City will begin the process to select Eugene’s Climate-Friendly Areas. Selection will include community engagement, a recommendation from Planning Commission, and a decision from Council to adopt the final Climate-Friendly Areas.

Adoption will require revisions to the Eugene Land Use Code, as well as revisions to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan – which staff expect will include two new chapters for Housing and Compact Development, as well as revisions to the Eugene Transportation System Plan.

City staff intend to adopt these plan and code amendments alongside Eugene’s next Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) analysis, which is scheduled to be adopted in 2026.

Step 3: Evaluate and Increase

Climate-Friendly Area designations will not be static. The City will monitor and potentially increase areas with this designation during future UGB analyses. Climate-Friendly Areas will function as an important land use efficiency measure, which is a strategy for more compact development within the current UGB.

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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?