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<br />M I N U T E S <br /> <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />Public Hearing <br />Council Chamber—Eugene City Hall <br /> <br /> October 16, 2006 <br /> 7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Jennifer Solomon, Andrea Ortiz, David Kelly, Betty Taylor, Gary Papé, <br />Bonny Bettman, George Poling, Chris Pryor. <br /> <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the public hearing of the Eugene City Council to order. <br /> <br /> <br />1. PUBLIC HEARING: An Ordinance Establishing a Real Property Value-Added Charge; <br />Adding Sections 2.100, 2.105, 2.110 and 2.115 to the Eugene Code, 1971; Amending Section <br />8.005 of that Code; and Adopting a Severability Clause <br /> <br />City Manager Dennis Taylor introduced Planning and Development Director Susan Muir and City Attorney <br />Glenn Klein. <br /> <br />Mr. Klein summarized the history behind the ordinance, which was proposed by Councilor Bettman as a <br />way to develop funds to pay the cost of valid Ballot Measure 37 claims received by the City of Eugene. <br />Where the City took an action that increased the real market value of a property, the City would recover a <br />portion of the increased value and use that money to establish a fund to pay potential Ballot Measure 37 <br />claims. <br /> <br />Mr. Klein said that two categories were included in the proposed ordinance: one category in which a <br />property owner or someone acting on the property owner’s behalf initiated such an action, and another <br />category in which the council initiated the action. In the case of a property owner initiating an action such <br />as a rezoning or redesignation in the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan), the <br />owner would pay 25 percent of the increase in the property’s real market value to the City. When the <br />council initiated such an action, affected property owners would not be responsible for payment of the <br />charge unless the property owner decided to take advantage of the change in zoning or the UGB. If a <br />property owner failed to pay the fee, he or she would be unable to apply for a building permit. <br /> <br />Mayor Piercy reviewed the rules of the public hearing. She opened the public hearing. <br /> <br />Roxie Cuellar <br />, 2053 Laura Street, representing the Lane County Home Builders Association, said the <br />ordinance demonstrated that the council needed to start deciding what its priorities were. She suggested that <br />councilors’ goals for higher densities would be discouraged by such an ordinance. Under the ordinance, a <br />property owner who developed ten acres of land originally zoned R-1 Low-Density Residential with a <br />market value of $1 million would be obliged to pay the City $250,000 if the property was zoned to R-2 <br />Medium-Density Residential with a market value of $2 million. That would deter many projects. Ms. <br />Cuellar pointed out the home builders association would not care if the supply of low-density land was not <br />rezoned to a higher density and its members could continue to build single-family detached houses. Those <br />who wanted to increase density should care. <br /> <br /> <br />MINUTES—Eugene City Council October 16, 2006 Page 1 <br /> Public Hearing <br /> <br />