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<br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />distinguish which contributing properties to actually consider as Goal 5 <br />resources and thus limited the list to those properties ranked as primary. <br /> <br />Mike Shellenbarger, HRB Chair, reviewed the recommendations made by the HRB <br />and the Eugene Planning Commission. He said that the HRB and the Planning <br />Commission agree on the importance of the Millrace as a historic resource. <br />They are recommending that work begin on creating a Special Development <br />Zoning District and an Historic District for the Millrace area. These dis- <br />tricts would be designed to encourage economic use of historic structures, <br />enhancement of the Millrace, and balancing both housing and commercial needs <br />of the area. <br /> <br />Ms. Bishow noted that in the past, any piece of property which was not a Goal <br />5 resource would not be addressed. With the recommendation to examine a <br />Special Development District and Historic District, the City can choose to <br />acknowledge the local significance of properties which are not Goal 5 re- <br />sources. This innovative step created great enthusiasm state-wide. <br /> <br />Mr. Shellenbarger indicated that parking is a problem in the Millrace area. <br />One of the possible benefits of a Special Development District might be to <br />allow property owners the opportunity to satisfy parking requirements off- <br />site within the district. <br /> <br />Mr. Shellenbarger emphasized the tentativeness of this proposal; the HRB and <br />Planning Commission are not certain at this point whether a Special Develop- <br />ment District can be formed. <br /> <br />Ms. Bishow prepared the council for possible issues of community concern <br />which might be raised in the public hearing. This issues include concerns <br />surrounding Special Development District boundary lines, the impact of the <br />proposed district on the existing high-density residential zoning, the condi- <br />tion of buildings in the area, and the overall impact that the special dis- <br />trict would have on property uses and values. Ms. Bishow emphasized that the <br />City has made no firm decisions regarding these issues. If a Special Devel- <br />opment District can indeed be formed, the City plans to work closely with <br />property owners to determine the nature and restrictions of activities within <br />the proposed district. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer asked whether the creation of a Special Development District would <br />change the tax status of any of the buildings in the district and whether <br />the types of property uses currently allowed would be retained within the new <br />district. In response, Ms. Bishow said that it is unclear how a Special <br />Development District would affect taxes. She reiterated the importance of <br />property owner involvement in deciding what types of uses will be allowed in <br />that area. <br /> <br />Responding to a question from Mr. Boles, Ms. Bishow said that it is her <br />understanding that the University of Oregon is conceptually in support of the <br />Special Development District so long as the University has the opportunity to <br />remain involved in its creation. <br /> <br />Mr. Holmer asked about the potential impact this proposal could have on a <br />desired increase in water flow of the Millrace. In response, Mr. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br />Dinner/Work Session <br /> <br />May 14, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />
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