What is MUPTE and why is it being proposed for this area?

Eugene’s current economic climate (i.e. low average wages, high construction costs) make redevelopment very challenging for most development types. Student housing and medical offices are the only two types that make financial sense as redevelopment projects. Based on detailed analysis, however, other kinds of mixed use or housing are very unlikely to pencil out. Most of the new redevelopment projects we see downtown, for example, are enabled by public-private partnerships and wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The same is true in the South Willamette Area, where conditions do not support mixed use, multi-story redevelopment. For this reason, the City Council is proposing to extend the Multi-Unit Tax Exemption (MUPTE) to the South Willamette Area. This will help close the “financial feasibility gap” for a few projects over the years and help the community avoid expanding the Urban Growth Boundary. The proposed, revamped MUPTE program will also help ensure higher-quality projects and good design. It is important to note that the revised MUPTE program will not be available for student housing and medical office projects. Also, the MUPTE program will not be “turned on” for the South Willamette district until the new code is adopted and in place to help ensure that the investment supports projects that better meet the community’s expectations. For more information on the MUPTE program please visit the MUPTE project web page.

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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?