City Council Postpones Conversation About South Willamette

Oct 21, 2015

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

Some residents in South Eugene are concerned about the proposed rezoning.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

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.