CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
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CC Minutes - 09/25/06 Work Session
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10/25/2006 9:28:08 AM
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did not know how that could be measured on a cost/benefit basis. Mr. Rexius said that subsidized transit <br />would certainly be a great way to reduce carbon emissions; however, another way to reduce carbon <br />emissions was by establishing carbon neutrality as goal. He said that business people would regard that as <br />an opportunity to look at ways to reduce carbon emissions in their own businesses and many of those <br />initiatives could result in more jobs. <br /> <br />Ms. Bettman remarked that as a jurisdiction the City might not be able to do it all because of the resources <br />required. She questioned whether the City should finance an initiative that was business-based to encourage <br />certain incremental changes or invest in something that might have more realistic results immediately. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly, seconded by Mr. Pryor, moved to extend the discussion by four minutes. <br />The motion passed unanimously, 8:0. <br /> <br />Mr. Kelly appreciated the explicit acknowledgment on page 9 of the report that the SBI did not address the <br />local land use planning system, industrial land planning system, transportation systems, or affordable <br />housing systems, which were all a part of sustainability. He did not think it was necessary at the beginning <br />to choose between strategies or approaches because while the long-term cost of some of the recommenda- <br />tions might be substantial, the initial investment was fairly small, such as establishing an office of <br />sustainability and a board. He noted that while the strategies would cost money, the cost of doing nothing <br />was greater. He also appreciated the mention of peak oil in the report but wished the discussion had gone <br />further. <br /> <br />Mr. Papé agreed with the concerns expressed about cost and encouraged involving the Budget Committee in <br />identifying funding strategies. He urged that future discussions include the need for a mix of affordable <br />housing in the community. He favored the idea of using incentives rather than regulations to encourage <br />businesses to adopt sustainability practices. <br /> <br /> <br />C. WORK SESSION: Transportation Priorities for North and West Eugene <br /> <br /> <br />City Manager Taylor introduced City Engineer Mark Schoening to discuss transportation priorities for north <br />and west Eugene. He said that transportation was a critical component of sustainability and staff was <br />charged with developing recommended next steps for transportation priorities in north and west Eugene. <br /> <br />Mr. Schoening reviewed the process for developing transportation priorities for north and west Eugene and <br />recommendations for advancing those priorities. He said the regional and local transportation plans were <br />reviewed and discussions were held with regional partners on the Transportation Planning Committee and <br />the University of Oregon School of Architecture. He said the Public Works work program, which included <br />transportation planning and traffic operations, was also reviewed. He said staff identified and were <br />proposing the following capital improvements, transportation planning studies and regulatory actions to <br />address north and west Eugene transportation priorities: <br /> <br />? <br /> Beltline corridor from River Road to Coburg Road – a priority because of the level of congestion <br />and safety issues on the corridor, the project was included in the adopted FY06-09 State Transpor- <br />tation Improvement Program (STIP) for $1 million and in the draft FY08-11 STIP for another $1.5 <br />million to complete the environmental documentation and the Oregon Department of Transportation <br />(ODOT) was initiating transportation systems planning on that corridor <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—City Council September 25, 2006 Page 6 <br /> Work Session <br /> <br />
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