Yes. One of the issues identified during the development of the South Willamette Concept Plan was that the current zoning had many abrupt adjacencies between high density commercial or residential development and low density houses. Today under the existing zoning in the South Willamette area, there are:
- 59 R-1 (Low-Density Residential) lots that share a property line with, or sit across an alley from, GO (General Office) or R-3 (Limited High-Density Residential) properties with height limits of 50 feet; and
- 32 R-1 lots that share a property line with, or sit across an alley from, C-2 (Community Commercial) properties with a height limit of 120 feet.
The South Willamette Special Area Zone reintroduces the concept of height and zoning transitions, implementing gradual increments of change to increase compatibility between neighbors. As a whole, the proposed zoning decreases those conflicts for low density properties both inside and outside the study area. Under the proposed zoning there would be:
- 38 R-1 or SFO (Single Family Options) lots that share a property line with, or sit across an alley from, an AC (Apartment/Condominium) or MU (Mixed Use) property with height limits of 45 feet without a Rowhouse overlay transition area.
- 5 R-1 or SFO lots that share a property line with, or sit across an alley from, an AC or MU property with height limits of 65 feet without a Rowhouse overlay transition area.
Furthermore, the proposed transition standards would offer the highest level of protection anywhere in Eugene. These standards offer more reassurance that new development will be more compatible with existing neighborhoods. Transitions, including increased interior yard setbacks and decreased height limits, are required for all AC or MU zoned properties adjacent to areas zoned for single family homes.
In most areas of Eugene, the only transition standard required is that commercial buildings stepdown to the maximum height of adjacent residential zones within 50’ of the property line.