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Housing & Homelessness

The public can help shape Eugene's rules for 'middle housing'

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The city of Eugene is drafting new rules for what is known as “middle housing”—duplexes, triplexes, cottages, and row houses. 

  

 

The state legislature passed HB 2001 in 2019. It requires cities to provide more types of housing in residential areas.

Terri Harding is City of Eugene Principal Planner. She said the city has spent 10 months gathering information and has a draft code ready. Harding said housing policy affects everyone—renter or homeowner, young or old.

“This is an opportunity for the City of Eugene to make progress in implementing more ways for people to obtain the housing that they need for the point in life that they’re at.” Harding said.

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Harding said the middle housing rules will affect the present and future of housing in Eugene.

 “In terms of providing opportunities for all the kinds of middle housing in different parts of Eugene,” she said. “So there’s things like, what size lots should we allow? What should the building height be? Should we allow parking reductions near transit? Those are some of the ideas that came up through the process to this point.”

The public input sessions are at 7 p.m. October 19th and 4 p.m. on October 21st on Zoom. 

 

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