How does South Willamette connect to Envision Eugene?

The critical role that the South Willamette Special Area Zone plays in Envision Eugene is demonstrating how the city plans to accommodate infill and redevelopment in a way that preserves neighborhood livability.  Envision Eugene identified key corridors and core commercial areas, directs the city to do area planning along corridors, and directs the city to develop compatible design transitions between different land uses, especially corridors and lower density residential areas. Existing zoning and planning documents allow for a significant amount of growth, both commercial development and housing, under minimal code standards. The pivotal question is whether the neighborhood will be ready for new development, whether plans will be in place to avoid the consequences of the existing zoning.  The South Willamette Concept Plan recognized this opportunity – an opportunity to avoid problems that have plagued other neighborhoods and to build the community people want for the future.

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1. Why adopt the SW-SAZ now? What purpose does this plan serve?
2. How does South Willamette connect to Envision Eugene?
3. Are the existing buildings the maximum height and area allowed under the current code?
4. Were legal notices sent to residents?
5. Has city staff gone above the minimum public engagement required by state and city law?
6. How and when was the study area boundary established?
7. Are multi-family residential uses currently allowed on Willamette St. in the commercial area?
8. Has the City studied how the proposed code would impact the area differently than the current code?
9. Does proposed code account for the need for light, air and views on Willamette Street?
10. Can I renovate or add on to my building without triggering the new code design standards?
11. Does the plan reduce existing problematic adjacencies between high density development and low density houses?
12. Will my Property Taxes be affected?
13. Will the City of Eugene rezone other properties adjacent to the SW-SAZ, or across South Eugene?
14. Is the outcome already decided?
15. Will EmX serve the South Willamette area?
16. Is MUPTE being adopted in South Willamette?