What’s a “Special Area Zone”?

All development in Eugene is regulated through a variety of zones, for example commercial, residential, and industrial zones. Each zone regulates what can be built, for example building height, size, and location, allowed uses, parking requirements, landscaping, etc. A “special area zone” (SAZ) is a type of zone that is tailored to meet the needs of only one particular area of town. Inside the boundaries of the SAZ, different subdistricts act something like mini-zones to regulate future development to match the needs of the area. In this case, the subdistricts are designed to match the vision created in the South Willamette Concept Plan.

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1. Why are we updating the code?
2. How will the design code affect me?
3. What is “the Code” and what does it do?
4. What’s included in the design code?
5. What’s a “Special Area Zone”?
6. How does this relate to the recent discussion of South Willamette Street Improvement Plan?
7. What does the design code propose to do with South Willamette Street?
8. What is the "streetside realm"?
9. Who’s responsible for the code and what’s the update process?
10. How is the community being involved and informed?
11. What changes can I expect to see in the area?
12. What else are we doing to realize the vision?
13. What is MUPTE and why is it being proposed for this area?
14. How does new development happen?
15. How can I stay informed and share my views on the design code?