[NLC] Council passes all MiCAP amendments
pconte at picante-soft.com
Wed Aug 13 10:17:12 PDT 2008
On Monday night, City Council adopted all the
land use code amendments recommended by the
Infill Compatibility Standards Task Team plus two
additional amendments that address incompatible infill.
Summary of code amendments that will help protect neighborhoods:
Reduce (by one) the excessive number of
dwellings allowed on hundreds of R-2 zoned lots
in the JWN by limiting the rounding calculation.
Measure maximum building height (35 feet in
R-2 zone) to the top of the building, instead of halfway up the roof.
Properly measure require distance to nearby parks for open space credit.
Close loopholes in the flag lot definition and standards.
Set sensible lot frontage and width
requirements (35 unless theres an approved site
review plan). Close loophole in measuring lot width.
Close loopholes in prohibition against new alley-access-only lots.
Require early neighborhood involvement in development process.
Close loophole in refinement plan policies
definition of residential character so policies
encompasses all relevant characteristics.
Require reasonable building height transitions
along E. 19th Ave in South University area.
Require adequate off-street parking for five-
and six-bedroom apartment complexes near university.
Strengthen protection for natural storm water
drainages in River Road and Santa Clara areas.
Properly calculate allowable dwellings by
excluding streets and alleys from lot area.
(You can learn more about these code amendments
at: <http://jwneugene.org/micap.html>http://jwneugene.org/micap.html .)
Council's action was the culmination of a twenty
month process in which many of you and hundreds
of other citizens participated and expressed the
need for code changes to prevent the ongoing
negative impacts of incompatible infill. At the
June 16 public hearing, City Council also
received a petition signed by over 300 people supporting the amendments.
This was a great victory for residents of all
neighborhoods, and one of the main reasons these
amendments passed was the strong positions the
NLC has taken in recent years to support infill
compatibility standards. The NLC's analysis and
recommendations on "priority" amendments last
year were also very influential in gaining ICS Task Team and Council support.
Over the past couple of months, I've had a number
of discussions with various City Councilors, and
I had a lengthy and fruitful discussion with
Mayor Piercy on Monday. I believe the Mayor and
most, if not all, Councilors are strongly
supportive of effective infill standards. Kitty
in particular has developed a solid understanding
of the issues and recognizes that livability and
smart growth aren't in conflict, and we don't
need to trade one against the other. Great cities
are built on great neighborhoods, and Eugene
urgently needs to revise its code to assure our
neighborhoods are not degraded by thoughtless development.
The Infill Compatibility Standards Task Team is
continuing its work to develop additional
recommendations to help protect the livability
and character of neighborhoods. I urge
neighborhood leaders to encourage residents to
become involved in this process so we can
complete the substantial work that needs to be done.
Thanks to all of you for your work on behalf of our neighborhoods.
Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more
information about MiCAP or other infill issues.
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