<br /> M I NUT E S
<br /> EUGENE CITY COUNCIL
<br /> July 22, 'I974
<br /> Adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the city of Eugene, Oregon - adjourned from the
<br /> meeting held July 15, 1974 - was called to order by Council President Tom Williams in the
<br /> absence of Mayor Anderson at 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 1974 in the Council Chamber with the
<br /> following other Council members present: James Hershner, H. C. McDonald, Wickes Beal,
<br /> Beth Campbell, Gus Keller, Neil Murray. Councilman Wood was absent.
<br />(0001) A prepared statement was read by Councilwoman Beal eulogizing Wayne Morse, former member of .
<br /> the United States Senate from Oregon, whose death occurred earlier in the day. On motion
<br /> byM,i'. Hershner seconded by Mrs. Campbell and carried unanimously the statement was to be
<br /> forwarded to Mrs. Morse on behalf of the Council in recognition of Senator Morse's great
<br /> contribution to society.
<br />(0036) ~ I - Proclamation - Canvassing votes was read showing results of July 9, '1974 election
<br /> to exceed the 6% limitation by $2,755,634 - Yes 6,748
<br /> No 7,288
<br /> , Hershner moved seconded by Mrs. Motion
<br /> Mr. Campbell to accept the proclamation.
<br /> carried unanimously.
<br />- ~I - Public Hearings
<br /> A. Appeal from Planning Commission denial, of rezoning area north of Green Acres Road
<br /> east of Delta Highway - From RA to RG-SR (June 4, 1974) (2 '74-7) ,- M&M-Safley
<br /> Staff. notes and minutes of June 4, 1974 Planning Commission meeting were previously
<br /> forwarded to Council members. Manager read appeal submitted by Mike Safley from
<br /> the Planning Commission denial of rezoning to RG-SR on the basis that the decision
<br /> was not supported by evidence on the record, that the Commission erred in its
<br /> decision that there was no public need and that the need would not be best served by
<br /> the subject property. He described the location of the project, lying east of
<br /> Delta Highway between an industrial area and a mobile home park. Jim S'l-ul, planner,
<br /> said the rezoning involved 6.63 acres, now vacant, lying in the midst of other
<br /> vacant properties. He noted documentation distributed to Council members by staff
<br /> and by Mr. Safley and said that there were no~detailed plans on proposed d~velopment
<br /> of the property.
<br /> Public hearing was opened, the Chair stating the manner as required under the
<br /> Fasano ruling in which the hearing would be conducted. Council members declared
<br /> no ex parte contact or other reason for abstaining from discussion or vote.
<br />.12) Mike Safley, petitioner for the rezoning, felt the Council should give its approval
<br /> of the requested RG-SR zone to provide the opportunity to develop more low-cost
<br /> housing. He referred to the 1990 General Plan and its suggestion for consideration
<br /> of social problems in its implementation through creation of public and private
<br /> partnerships to provide a choice of housing units at a range of costs. Slides of the
<br /> proposed development were shown demonstrating the potential of the location for
<br /> living environment through construction of sound barriers against industrial uses
<br /> to the west. Mr. Safley felt this particular property best suited for the type
<br /> housing proposed to provide living units for younger people employed in nearby
<br /> commercial activities. He called attention to the County's abandonment of the
<br /> adjacent Ayres property since defeat of a,ballot measure concerning a close-in land-
<br /> fill site. He felt that if Planning Commission had considered his rezoning petition
<br /> after that election they would not have denied it because removal of a potential
<br /> sani tary landfill in the' area made the proposed development more at,tracti ve. Mr.
<br /> Safley said analysis of a feasibility study indicated a demand from younger people
<br /> for the type housing proposed here, and he felt construction at today's costs would
<br /> be of benefit. He asked for positive findings on a social perspective to provide
<br /> the moderate-cost housing now lacking in the city.
<br />(0512) Councilman McDonald asked whether a minimum average income would be necessary for
<br /> rental of one of the proposed units. Mr. Safley replied: that the suggested rent
<br /> schedule was the most competitive that could be put together. He said he was not
<br />- suggesting the proposed development was a cure-all for low-income rental problems,
<br /> but that anyone conducting themselves in a socially, acceptable manner would be'
<br /> welcomed as 'tenants. His objective, he said, was to provide the best housing at
<br /> the lowest possible cost. On further questioning from Mr. McDonald, Mr. Safley
<br /> said that anyone regardless of income could become a tenant of the proposed develop-
<br /> ment so long as the rent was paid.
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