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MINUTES <br />Eugene City Council <br />McNutt Room —City Hall <br />777 Pearl Street — Eugene, Oregon <br />October 12, 2011 <br />Noon <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Betty Taylor, George Brown, Andrea Ortiz, George Poling, Mike Clark, <br />Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka, Pat Farr. <br />Her Honor Mayor Kitty Piercy called the October 12, 2011, work session of the Eugene City Council to <br />order. <br />A. WORK SESSION: <br />Multi -Unit Property Tax Exemption and Envision Eugene <br />City Manager Jon Ruiz introduced the item. He anticipated that the discussion was one of several the <br />council would have in coming months on tools to facilitate the implementation of Envision Eugene. <br />Eugene Planning Director Lisa Gardner and Senior Planner Nan Laurence were present for the item and <br />Ms. Gardner led the council through a PowerPoint presentation entitled Envision Eugene and MUPTE. <br />She highlighted the Seven Pillars and identified Affordable Housing, Climate and Energy, Compact <br />Development and Transportation, and Neighborhood Livability as pillars that MUPTE (Multi -Unit <br />Property Tax Exemption) helped move forward. She anticipated that MUPTE would help the City meet <br />its need for multi -unit housing within the urban growth boundary (UGB) but that required removing some <br />regulatory barriers and incentivizing desired development. Ms. Gardner emphasized the importance of <br />the MUPTE to project financing. <br />Ms. Laurence then presented information about the application of MUPTE to areas outside the downtown. <br />She reminded the council that it approved the extension of MUPTE for use in the Downtown Plan area. <br />She shared a map showing the transportation corridors identified through Envision Eugene and suggested <br />they were also likely candidates for the application of MUPTE. She said staff had considered <br />development potential, the need for incentives, and recent area planning when identifying four likely <br />areas for the use of MUPTE: 1) West University, 2) Trainsong/6 and 7 th ; 3) Franklin Corridor; and 4) <br />Midtown/South Willamette. She shared a series of maps showing those areas. <br />Ms. Laurence noted that MUPTE would soon sunset in the West University Neighborhood (WUN) and <br />proposed that the City hold a neighborhood forum so residents could discuss the benefits and <br />disadvantages of MUPTE. The council could then decide to retain or modify MUPTE for the area. <br />Ms. Laurence recommended that the council retain the existing MUPTE boundaries in the Trainsong/6 <br />and 7 th area at this time and initiate a planning process to determine future MUPTE boundaries. She also <br />recommended that the council include the Walnut Station Special Area Zone in the MUPTE boundaries <br />of the Franklin Corridor area. Ms. Laurence recommended the council consider the use of MUPTE in the <br />Midtown/South Willamette area after the area planning process was completed. <br />In response to earlier council questions, Ms. Laurence contrasted the average property tax for properties <br />granted the MUPTE prior to exemption ($3,125) with the average property tax after the exemption period <br />MINUTES— Eugene City Council October 12, 2011 Page 1 <br />Work Session <br />