CC Minutes - 11/20/06 Meeting
City of Eugene
CC Minutes - 11/20/06 Meeting
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<br />Continuing, Ms. Thomas said that City Manager Taylor recommended the claim be approved and a waiver <br />granted. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy opened the public hearing. <br /> <br />Jozef Siekiel-Zdzienicki <br />, 1025 Taylor Street, supported the proposed claim. He then went on to address <br />claims that the Churchill Area Neighbors for a Healthy Neighborhood was elitist and against infill, pointing <br />out the neighbors worked with the property owner on the plans for the dwelling, which would be an infill <br />dwelling. He said that just because the neighborhood had special standards did not mean the neighbors were <br />bad people. <br /> <br />th <br />Marie Nemir <br />, 1353 West 10 Avenue, an immediate neighbor of the subject property, supported the staff <br />recommendation for a house to be built in accordance with the recently adopted infill standards. She said <br />that throughout the process the owner’s son Ron and wife Bess had worked with the neighbors to develop a <br />solution that was compatible with the neighborhood and would improve the block’s appearance, safety, and <br />stability. While she did not generally support Ballot Measure 37, she supported the example of responsible <br />property ownership and restraint demonstrated by the Bush family. She thanked Paul Conte and Rene Kane, <br />co-chairs of the Jefferson/Westside Neighbors and the owner’s family for reaching a good outcome. <br /> <br />th <br />Rene Kane <br />, 254 West 14 Avenue, co-chair of the Jefferson/Westside Neighbors, thanked all those who <br />cooperated to reach the Ballot Measure 37 agreement, saying they showed what remarkable things could be <br />accomplished when people worked together toward a common purpose, in this case, that of maintaining the <br />character of the neighborhood. Ms. Kane thought it appropriate that those with a stake in the neighborhood <br />and knowledge of it worked to make it a better place. Ms. Bush had welcomed what her neighbors had to <br />say, and common ground was found. The agreement maintained and enhanced the character and stability of <br />the neighborhood. She congratulated all those involved for providing an example of real community. <br /> <br />th <br />Paul Conte <br />, 1461 West 10 Avenue, co-chair of Jefferson/Westside Neighbors, thanked Ms. Bush and her <br />family for working with the neighborhood toward a positive outcome. He suggested that their actions were a <br />benchmark against which others could be measured. They were true to their word and worked toward a <br />solution that made a positive contribution to the neighborhood. Mr. Conte also thanked neighbors such as <br />Ms. Nemir and her husband for initiating a process that had as a goal the common good. He said the <br />Jefferson/Westside Neighbors executive board unanimously endorsed the recommendation before the <br />council. <br /> <br />Mr. Conte thought there were several lessons to be drawn from Eugene’s first residential Ballot Measure 37 <br />claim. First, residents and councilors could take heart that sensible infill compatibility standards need not be <br />put aside due to Ballot Measure 37. The house Ms. Bush would construct would demonstrate that property <br />owners can build new, modest houses that meet sensible infill design standards. The solution presented to <br />the council was further evidence that resident-driven processes could produce sound solutions to residential <br />land uses issues given residents’ familiarity with their neighborhood and stake in its future. Mr. Conte <br />hoped the Planning and Development Department and council took notice of what had been accomplished <br />through a constructive approach to challenging issues. He quoted from Wendell Berry: “A viable <br />neighborhood is a community, and a viable community is made up of neighbors who cherish and protect <br />what they have in common.” He said that Jefferson/Westside neighbors cherish their homes and neighbors. <br />He thanked the council for its leadership in supporting neighborhood communities. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council November 20, 2006 Page 2 <br /> Public Hearing <br /> <br />
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