Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to place a curfew on the so-called “butterfly lot” property in downtown Eugene. A group of homeless people had camped there for several weeks in October and early November.
The homeless camp was in protest of the lack of safe places for people to sleep. Lane County spokesperson Devon Ashbridge says there were no rules regarding hours of operation for that lot.
“We didn’t realize it was an exception until attention was called to it in October as we had some ongoing health and safety issues with camps that had been set up on that property.”
The board of commissioners voted to place hours of operation of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the butterfly lot which is the same as what’s in place in the free speech plaza and the rest of the downtown park blocks. Ashbridge says there was no public comment on the proposal at the meeting. The county broke up the homeless camp on the butterfly lot a couple of weeks ago citing health concerns. They opened a new rest stop for homeless campers off Highway 99.