Whether the city of Eugene wants it or likes it, it appears that denser neighborhoods will be coming to the city. Oregon lawmakers have approved a new law that bans single-family zoning in the state’s larger cities. Neighborhoods that were previously restricted now must accommodate duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes. This will create more opportunities for infill for more multifamily in Eugene. Little by little we are chipping away at solving the housing shortage in Eugene. You can read the full article here:
Eugene will kick and scream, but denser neighborhoods likely will become a reality for Oregon’s second-largest city in the coming years.Three weeks ago, Oregon lawmakers gave final approval to legislation that effectively bans single-family zoning in larger cities by requiring those neighborhoods to accommodate duplexes, triplexes and town homes.The legislation, if signed into law by Gov.
The primary land-use zoning in Eugene is for single-family homes, and although this permits some duplexes and other higher-density dwellings, regulations make the process complex. The new law changes that dramatically. According to writer Christian Hill in his article:
[T]he legislation, House Bill 2001, requires cities to allow duplexes on every lot on land zoned for single-family housing. In addition, it requires cities to allow “all middle housing types” — so named because they fall between homes and apartment complexes — in these neighborhoods…The city’s regulations have stymied construction of new duplexes. In the past 10 years, the city has issued building permits to construct 2,192 single-family homes but only 78 duplexes, according to the city’s online database
Many consider there to be an affordable housing crisis in Eugene. Low- and middle-income people have found themselves priced out of home ownership. Some consider this law to be a step in the right direction, and others are concerned about the impact on noise, traffic, and privacy in neighborhoods.
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