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City Council Postpones Conversation About South Willamette

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday to slow down discussion of zoning changes in south Eugene.

The South Willamette Special Area Zone includes neighborhoods around 29th avenue. City staff has proposed allowing some taller, multi-use buildings, in order to meet the city's goals to accommodate population growth.

Councilor Mike Clark made the motion to reschedule a November public hearing for January. That will give staff more time to fine tune the plan and for more public engagement.

Clark: "More than anything else, I think that it’s the council's job to take all of these pieces, sift them, and make them the final product that everybody can live with. And I think first and foremost, we ought to say loudly and clearly that this council is going to protect the livability of people's homes."

The proposed zoning changes have drawn objections from many South Eugene residents who don't want taller buildings, more traffic and development.

The public hearing on the South Willamette Special Area Zone is now set for January 19th.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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