Housing

HOUSING
Consensus 1978, 1991
Position: The League of Women Voters of Lane County supports a mix of housing types in all neighborhoods. The League urges that new areas be developed with housing of varying prices and styles and that developers of large new subdivisions be encouraged to include low and moderate cost housing.

The League supports multiple-family housing (duplexes, four-plexes, condominiums, quads or apartment buildings) in all areas if height, total size, landscaping, and open space are regulated adequately. If adequate provisions are made for traffic, schools, and other public facilities, multiple-family housing can be compatible with single-family homes. Mobile home subdivisions are acceptable in residential areas but not mobile homes on individual lots. Manufactured housing is acceptable in residential areas within specific guidelines.
The League supports provisions to achieve greater density within the metropolitan area and to maintain the urban service area boundary. Smaller lot sizes, panhandle lots, zero lot lines, and planned unit developments (PUDs) are supported, especially in new areas.
Careful planning, high constructions standards, and the development of design restrictions should be encouraged to allow the economical use of land while still preserving such amenities as privacy and quiet.
The League supports governmental subsidies to aid the building of new low income housing and for renovation of existing homes. Tax incentives, such as reduced local property taxes for a specific period, should be used to encourage the building and maintenance of multi-family housing.
The League supports financial programs such as delayed down payments, variable interest rates, and variable payment schedules to make home ownership more accessible to middle income people. We also favor state-financed loans with favorable interest rates similar to the present veterans loan program.
Finally, the League believes that tax revenues should not be used to provide services which encourage extension of the city. New areas should pay their own costs.

Action taken using this position
2011 Testimony to Eugene City Council in support of the Envision Eugene community outreach process and the draft conceptual framework found in the seven pillars.
2012 Testimony to the Eugene City Council in support of the Envision Eugene recommendation for a housing split for new dwellings of 55% single family homes and 45% multi-family homes and expansion of the urban growth boundary for jobs and single family housing.
2014 Testimony to the Eugene City Council supporting the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program and the changes proposed to its operation.

2015 Testimony to Eugene City Council in support of latest recommendations for urban growth boundary expansion for jobs, parks, schools, and housing. Letter to Council urging completion of the Envision Eugene planning effort using the “hybrid option” based on already completed analysis and outreach in order to not unreasonably prolong the process and after adoption to proceed with accelerated monitoring and planning for urban reserves.
2016 Testimony to the Eugene City Council supporting the proposed strategies to accommodate needed multi-family housing within the existing urban growth boundary.