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MINUTES <br />Eugene City Council <br />McNutt Room —City Hall <br />777 Pearl Street—Eugene, Oregon <br />September 28, 2011 <br />Noon <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty Taylor, George Brown, Andrea Ortiz, George Poling, Mike Clark, <br />Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka, Pat Farr. <br />In the absence of Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy, Council President Betty Taylor called the September 28, <br />2011, work session of the Eugene City Council to order. <br />A. WORK SESSION: <br />Envision Eugene: Housing and Industrial Lands <br />Planning Director Lisa Gardner and Associate Planners Heather O'Donnell and Jason Dedrick joined the <br />council for the item and Ms. O'Donnell led the council through a PowerPoint presentation entitled <br />Envision Eugene: Project Update for City Council Work Session, September 28, 2011. The first <br />presentation on housing highlighted the current ratio of 61:39 in the mix of single- family and multi- <br />family housing and the key role the ratio played in determining housing need. The presentation included <br />a review of the data that provided the basis for deciding the mix, which comprised reports and statistics, <br />statewide trends, State planning law, and consistency with the Seven Pillars of Envision Eugene. The <br />presentation also included information about Eugene housing trends as they related to household <br />demographics as well as statistics about housing affordability that emphasized the lack of housing <br />affordability in Eugene, particularly for low- income households. The presentation posited that an <br />increase in the ratio of multi - family housing would help the State to meet the goals of its planning <br />framework. <br />Ms. O'Donnell then shared information about the trends in other Oregon communities that indicated those <br />communities were moving toward a higher ratio of multi - family housing and contrasted Eugene's existing <br />housing mix ratio to the ratios recommended by EcoNorthwest, the Housing Mix Subcommittee, the <br />Technical Resource Group, the Planning Commission, the Sustainability Commission, and the Housing <br />Policy Board. <br />Ms. O'Donnell suggested that the Seven Pillars supported planning for multi - family housing and <br />specifically cited the pillars related to housing affordability and compact development/transportation. <br />Ms. O'Donnell said most of Eugene residents who earned less than 80 percent of the median family <br />income were typically renters, were typically cost - burdened, and typically lived in multi - family housing. <br />She believed it was reasonable to assume new multi - family housing could be built more affordably than <br />new single- family housing. The staff analysis indicated the construction of multi - family housing now <br />would increase multi - family housing stock overall in the future as well as increasing the amount of aged <br />stock was typically more affordable than new housing. An increase in multi - family housing in <br />conjunction with other strategies could help towards the deficit in the stock of affordable housing. <br />Increasing the stock of multi - family housing would also help meet the City's goal for more compact <br />development and was a key component of the transportation corridor strategy. <br />MINUTES— Eugene City Council September 28, 2011 Page 1 <br />Work Session <br />