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City Club Land Use Planning Discussion Talkback

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:46 pm
by Kevin
On April 7 and April 14, 2006, four Eugene, Oregon interest groups participated in a pair of panel presentations and discussion on what's not right with land use planning in Eugene, and how we can go about doing better.

You're invited to share your own thoughts here!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:47 pm
by Kevin
Here are some specific items for improvement, listed by a Friends of Eugene board member.

1. Reestablish the CIC, with funding so it can develop other ways to
get citizen input.

2. Adopt the "Albany Plan" requiring developers to meet with the
neighborhoods as apart of their application process.

3. Start a program to create/redo refinement plans for every
neighborhood and then put them on a review schedule so they get
reassesed about every 3-5 years

4. City wide plans need to be developed within the 2 year tenure of a
single City Council.

5. Avoid (like the plague or bird flu) scheduling public workshops,
hearings or information sessions during the summer months and from
the middle of November and New Years.

6. adopt more then just the policy statements

7. Longer documents require more time for the public at a hearing.

8. Controverisal subjects require more time for members of the public
not less.

9 Consider public interest (i.e. likely turn out) when scheduling City
Council Meetings. There is great advantage to have a hearing
regarding items of interest even if it is not required by law. Schedule
the public hearing before the action is put on the consent calender.
Monday's meeting could have been much shorter it people did not
need to use the public forum to address the bond issue.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:52 pm
by Kevin
And in my presentation for FoE on Friday, April 14, I suggested these:

- Really think in terms of triple bottom line budgeting throughout the city.

- Really use the IAP2 spectrum for public participation. (Note: There is no place on the participation spectrum for 'selling ideas to the public'!)

- Reinstitute the Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC). Planning staff need that support!

- And most of all, use collaborative, comprehensive, community planning as the prevailing planning approach city-wide. "Design with Nature", plus open, forthright, ground-up collaboration.