[ICS-TT] FAN Executive board endorses ICS goals statement
pconte at picante-soft.com
Mon Feb 4 21:16:19 PST 2008
I just got learned from Carlos Barrerra that the Friendly Area
Neighbors Executive Board just endorsed the proposed goals statement.
That makes ten (all with representatives on the TT).
FAN had previously also endorsed a more specific statement. (See below.)
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The Friendly Area Neighbors Executive Board (2007-2008), wishing to
show unity with the other neighborhoods of the City of Eugene and
with the previous FAN Executive Board (2006-2007), officially
supports the ICS Project Goals Statement (Addendum 1) without in any
way diminishing the previously passed "New Development, Density and
Infill - Fitting into the "Big Picture" (Addendum 2).
Infill Compatibility Standards Project Goals Statement
Create and adopt land use code standards and processes that:
(a) Prevent residential infill that would significantly threaten or
diminish the stability, quality, positive character, livability or
natural resources of established residential neighborhoods; and
(b) So long as the goal stated in (a) is met, allow for increased
density, a variety of housing types, affordable housing, and
mixed-use development; and
(c) Improve the appearance of buildings and landscapes.
New Development, Density and Infill - Fitting into the "Big Picture"
The Friendly Area Neighbors (FAN) Executive Board supports these
approaches to new development both density and infill for our
neighborhood. We are looking forward to discussing density and infill
impacts and then assessing and quantifying the proposed solutions
against the City of Eugene's city wide growth management goals in a
more focused manner at future FAN General Membership Meetings. The
Metro Plan calls for an overall average of about six dwelling units
per gross acre for new construction through 2015 and our neighborhood
is currently developed at an average density of approximately 6.5
dwelling units per acre - seemingly well within current
standards. While looking at the "Big Picture", the Friendly Area
Neighborhood is only a small part of the overall puzzle; still we are
eager to do our fair share in supporting the City of Eugene with
regard to density and infill. We want our participation in this
project to improve the quality of life for the residents and
businesses in our neighborhood.
Density must be done well to derive the aforementioned benefits.
Here's a basic outline of some of the things we must do if we want
density and infill to succeed:
Require sidewalks, add mid-block thoroughfares on long blocks (as on
the west side of the neighborhood), add traffic calming projects
where needed, add enhanced pedestrian crossing areas where needed,
put bike paths on the busiest of streets, and improve the transit system.
Plant street trees and preserve our largest of trees maybe offering
tax credits to the home owners would help preserve our largest trees.
Encourage and promote small businesses to locate in our
neighborhoods, Multi-Use Zones, and micro businesses in our homes.
Increase green space in our neighborhood by capturing park space at
any school grounds that are vacated by 4J, re-claim abandoned streets
for park area, and open up the alleys to make them safe, clean and walkable.
Encourage high-density owner-occupied housing in the larger lot areas
of the neighborhood notably any 4J school land that is vacated and
areas where several lots are owned by a single person or family.
Favor housing and commercial establishments over surface parking lots.
Develop standards for dense housing that relieve stress on city
water, sewer, and electric resources. Possible solutions include
on-site stormwater collection, solar power, and greywater re-use.
Fund affordable housing to counter the increasing housing costs
brought on by density.
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