ICS Outreach Session

From Mariyln Mohr:

ICS Outreach Session
March 3rd
North Eugene High School Library
7 to 9 pm

For information on the Infill Compatibility Standards Task Team (ICS) please check out the web site at www.eugene-or.gov/infill.

Please, also, consider attending the March 3 ICS Outreach session at North Eugene High School Library, 7 to 9 p.m. Neighborhood feedback is essential, and only limited time has been available during RRCO’s monthly meetings to consider the ICSTT’s work and what priorities neighbors might have. For a jump start, attend an outreach session this Thursday at SEHS Cafeteria, also 7-9.

The ICS Task Team has been at work since around November, 2007, with a goal to amend Eugene’s land use code to ensure that new development in existing neighborhoods is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. Proposals that make it through the evolving process of the TT will be forwarded to the Planning Commission and on to City Council for approval.

Prior to the current housing crisis, River Road, as well as every neighborhood throughout the city, was seeing applications for new subdivisions and partitions monthly. It is often a shock for neighbors to learn what city land use code allows, and seems to encourage. The pressure is not as intense these days, with only a few applications for flag lot partitions coming to RRCO over the last several months. This is an opportunity to consider changes to the code that will help us retain the characteristics of our neighborhoods that we treasure before infill pressure picks up again.

RRCO member Julie Schaum and I have served on the Subdivision and Edge Development committee of the ICS Task Team. Additional committee members include representatives from South Eugene, Laurel Hill Valley, Santa Clara, Cal Young, Crest Drive, and design professionals from Habitats. Our work through November, 2008, focused on natural resource preservation, tree preservation code, and cluster subdivisions as a substitute for conventional lot development. These proposals will be presented at the March 3 outreach session, and are also sketched out on the infill web page. There are other issues to consider in the limited time the Task Team has left, including a recent idea to create property tax exemptions or other incentives for an ecovillage/co-housing category of development.

Beyond the ICS Task Team, and following others’ work on the Rasor MUC, I hope that RRCO will pressure the city to get a refinement plan or an overlay zone for our area. The City recently hired a planner to initiate a new generation of refinement plans, but I think the project has evolved to the “Neighborhood Action Plan” project——something I need more information on!

Please contact me with any questions,

Marilyn Mohr