Is the outcome already decided?

No.  The final decision-making power rests with the Eugene City Council.  The Council has not yet begun its process for South Willamette, which is tentatively scheduled to begin with a work session on October 21, 2015 and a public hearing on November 9, 2015.  For now, the public record is open, and any testimony submitted now will be considered by the Council in their deliberations.  For more information see the City Public Participation website. 

The Council will have the benefit of a recommendation from the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission is appointed by the Council to help plan for growth and development within the city. The Planning Commission developed the proposed Special Area Zone code between 2013 and 2015 as a means of implementing the community vision expressed in the South Willamette Concept Plan.  The Planning Commission process involved 18 public sessions, with input from community members and city staff support.  The resulting draft code was unanimously recommended to City Council.  However, the City Council has no obligation to accept any or all of the Planning Commission recommendation.

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1. Why adopt the SW-SAZ now? What purpose does this plan serve?
2. How does South Willamette connect to Envision Eugene?
3. Are the existing buildings the maximum height and area allowed under the current code?
4. Were legal notices sent to residents?
5. Has city staff gone above the minimum public engagement required by state and city law?
6. How and when was the study area boundary established?
7. Are multi-family residential uses currently allowed on Willamette St. in the commercial area?
8. Has the City studied how the proposed code would impact the area differently than the current code?
9. Does proposed code account for the need for light, air and views on Willamette Street?
10. Can I renovate or add on to my building without triggering the new code design standards?
11. Does the plan reduce existing problematic adjacencies between high density development and low density houses?
12. Will my Property Taxes be affected?
13. Will the City of Eugene rezone other properties adjacent to the SW-SAZ, or across South Eugene?
14. Is the outcome already decided?
15. Will EmX serve the South Willamette area?
16. Is MUPTE being adopted in South Willamette?