Re: Envision Eugene Recommendation Preview

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Re: Envision Eugene Recommendation Preview

Postby Kevin » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:50 pm

On Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:06:50 -0800, RUIZ Jon R wrote:
> Following the March 14 council work session, community members will
have ample opportunities to provide input on my recommendations
before Council takes any action. Six community forums and a council
public hearing are scheduled, and an on-line survey will be posted on
the website.

Dear Jon,

Thank you for your invitation to the Envision Eugene recommendation preview next Tuesday at the Hult Center. I look forward to finally seeing your proposal in specific.

As one member of the Envision Eugene Technical Resource Group, who has participated in the better (one hopes) part of something approaching 100 meetings over the last year on the guts of the land supply and demand calculations, I am concerned that 'six community forums and a council public hearing and an on-line survey' over a period of just one month will hardly provide an opportunity for the Eugene community to understand your Envision Eugene recommendation - let alone to respond effectively.

"Ample opportunities to provide input... before Council takes any action" will require more than one month of time.

"Ample opportunities to provide input... before Council takes any action" will require more than diffuse area forums and a survey form, plus three minutes of testimony.

While there has been a great deal of community involvement in many aspects of the Envision Eugene process, going back three years and more, and including the great work of the CRG while it still met, there are other critical parts of your pending recommendation, such as the analysis of potential UGB expansion areas for residential development, which appear to have been created entirely by staff with zero direct citizen input to date.

I beg for substantive opportunities for community review, discussion, and potential revision of your recommendation, before our hopes and shared investment for a united, prosperous Eugene are reduced to three minutes of public testimony, and subsequent necessarily-sectarian lobbying.

We can do so very much better, working together.

As you know, the Neighborhood Leaders Council expressed a similar wish in a letter to you (see below), approved by that body last Tuesday by a vote of 11 to 1 with two recusing.

Sincerely,

Kevin Matthews
Friends of Eugene
Southeast Neighbors
ArchitectureWeek

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Neighborhood Leaders Council

February 29, 2012

Eugene City Councilors
Eugene City Manager

RE: Envision Eugene

Dear Councilors and Jon Ruiz:

At our meeting on February 28, 2012 the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) approved the following motion concerning the established timeline for the Envision Eugene process.

The Neighborhood Leaders Council motion states:

The NLC is requesting that the City Manager’s Envision Eugene
Proposal be presented to the community for substantial comment
and revision before he makes his recommendation to City Council.

The NLC believes that if the Envision Eugene timeline continues as planned the public will not have adequate time to be presented with and process the information in order to make any informed and meaningful comments. The NLC will discuss the state of the Envision Eugene process further at our next meeting, March 22, 2012.


Sincerely,
Jennifer Yeh
Randy Prince
NLC Co-Chairs


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