R-1 Low Density Residential Zone
Flash! Good news! City Council voted in favor of all provisions recommended by neighborhood advocates, completely rejecting the Planning staff and Planning Commission attempts to defeat these critical neighborhood protections.
*UPDATE!* City Council has closed the official record and will deliberate on the R-1 Code Amendment ordinance at a future meeting. Stay tuned!
Click here to read the proposed Ordinance that Council will consider, which implements the code changes as recommended by neighborhood leaders.
*UPDATE* Neighborhood leaders work on standards to allow compatible Secondary Dwelling Units on large “flag” lots. Click here to read the proposed standards.
*ALERT!* City Planning staff uses inflammatory and inaccurate language to undermine neighborhood protections. Click here to learn the truth.
At the May 14 Council work session, Councilor Mike Clark proposed and Council adopted the following motion:
“Direct the [City] Manager to come back to the third Monday in June public hearing with ordinance language on R-1 code amendments that reflects the requested ordinance language that several of us made two months ago that was captured in the work done by the neighborhood leaders and detailed in the memo from Carolyn [Jacobs] of two months ago. And that created ordinance language I would like to see us, with the third Monday in June, have a public hearing on; and to initiate the notice to affected property owners.”
(Voting in favor of the motion: Mike Clark, George Brown, Greg Evans, Betty Taylor and George Poling. Voting against the motion: Alan Zelenka, Chris Pryor and Claire Syrett.)
Because of this direction, the ordinance that was the subject of the public hearing on June 16 included all the revisions to Ordinance that were recommended by neighborhood leaders. Click here to read the recommendations. In summary:
- Remove the code that would allow creation of new alley access lots. Hold off on further work on this concept until it can be dealt with as part of developing or revising specific neighborhood plans.
- Revise the development standards for Secondary Dwelling units to adequately protect the privacy and avoid “crowding” of adjacent property owners.
- Similarly, revise the development standards for Accessory Buildings to protect neighbor residents’ livability.
- Rewrite the “adjustment” criteria for SDUs and Accessory Buildings to clarify the approval criteria and limit the extent of allowable adjustments.
Click here to read Ordinance proposed by City staff. NEW! This document now has bookmarks for easily finding different parts of the code, as well as concise comments identifying problems with the proposed code.
The City staff proposal had completely ignored the neighborhood recommendations.
Click here to read 45 neighborhood leaders’ letter to the Planning Commission providing recommendations for these amendments.
Click here to read the petition signed by 96 individuals requesting City Council to adopt the ordinance with the standards proposed by neighborhood leaders.
Click here to read a detailed technical review and recommendations of the staff proposal.
Click here to read an analysis of how the proposed R-1 code “maximum density” exceeds the legal Metro Plan density limit for “Low Density Residential” areas.
Click here to view an example of a nice SDU built under appropriate setback standards.
Please contact your City Councilor and ask them to approve the revised Ordinance when it comes to a final vote after the public hearing.
E-mail to MayorAndCC@ci.eugene.or.us