[NLC] Fw: "Needed Housing" criteria
kline7796 at comcast.net
Sun Jul 13 10:56:52 PDT 2008
I am forwarding you from one of HNA's previous chair and long time Executive
Committee members comments on this issue.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Terry Froemming" <Terry.froemming at paktech-opi.com>
To: "Bob Kline" <kline7796 at comcast.net>; "Peg Renkert"
<grammy3xpeg at comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 10:09 AM
Subject: RE: [NLC] "Needed Housing" criteria
This issue seems counter intuitive to all the current work being done by
the Infill Compatibility Group and to some degree the Opportunity Siting
Group. Truly the refinement plans should offer neighborhood
protection. The Metro Plan, however, always trumps applicable
I think the "all housing equals needed housing" statement as an
end-around these policy documents is flawed and should not withstand
legal challenges. The issue could be more complicated that it appears.
A loss here could have devastating effects on the character of
From: Bob Kline [mailto:kline7796 at comcast.net]
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 9:53 PM
To: Terry Froemming; Peg Renkert
Subject: Fw: [NLC] "Needed Housing" criteria
For your information.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin Matthews" <matthews at artifice.com>
To: <healeyd at onid.orst.edu>
Cc: "NLC" <nlc at eugeneneighbors.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [NLC] "Needed Housing" criteria
> With alll due respect to city staff... there is a deep history on what
> consitutes "needed housing" - which may go back beyomd some current
> experience, or indidivual planner policy scope. The City essentially
> an ongoing interpretation, following the arguments of developer
> (can you spell Kloos?), that any housing qualifies to be needed
> as you've heard.
> However, that is not necessarily the actual requirement of the
> statues. I haven't eadl with this for three or four years... But
> Southeast Neighbors had a legal brief prepared that agrued against the
> "all housing = needed housing" simplification. Then the application
> hand changed tactics and it was never litigated to a resolution.
> It wouldn't be a particularly easy angle to fight. But it might prove
> be possible, if the needs of the neighborhood call for going to that
> level. I wouldn't rule out the option - at least not for fundamental
> legal reasons.
> To seriously get to the bottom of this, it might be most effective to
> with a sharp, creative, progressive land use attorney on the actual
> effective legal definition of what is "needed housing".
> The apparent failure of the refinement plan to appy is another whole
> issue - the needed housing amendments were _supposed_ to take care of
> those situations!
> all best,
> On Thu, 03 Jul 2008 15:40:27 -0700, healeyd at onid.orst.edu wrote:
>> One of the developers in West University, Dean Hansen, is using a
>> less-common approach to site review called "needed housing." This is
>> a heads up for the group about a method of creating an apparent end
>> run around neighborhood refinement plans that could be used in any
>> neighborhood. I've attached a document that addresses specific
>> differences between site review using the "needed housing" approach
>> and the standard site review. As you can see, the former has fewer
>> restrictions. If you would like a document that includes every
>> reference to needed housing from the Eugene code, let me know. It
>> affects PUDs, conditional use permits, partitions, and subdivisions.
>> I've also attached what I found in the Eugene Springfield Metro Area
>> General Plan regarding needed housing.
>> According to City of Eugene planner Heather O'Donnell, there is no
>> need to demonstrate that the type of housing in needed in a specific
>> neighborhood. The "need" is relative to the Metro/Eugene land use
>> plan. I couldn't find a housing needs analysis other than
>> EcoNorthwest's 1996 one. If anyone knows of something more recent,
>> I'd appreciate hearing about it.
>> The proposed development site is on E. 12th and Mill Alley, amid
>> 2-story homes and a number of historic Victorians. Because of the
>> hospital-related office building at 12th and Patterson, the area is
>> zoned R-4 but with a neighborhood refinement plan to provide
>> protection. Using the needed housing approach, the refinement plan
>> does not apply, and anything that fits the R-4 designation can go in.
>> The canary is singing, folks...
>> Deborah Healey
>> Chair, West University Neighbors
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