Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities
State Mandated Rules
In March 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-04 directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while also centering the needs of Oregon’s most vulnerable communities. The Executive Order is intended to help advance the state's adopted goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 75% below 1990 levels by 2050, while also increasing participation and engagement opportunities for underserved communities that have historically experienced discrimination and racism in land use and transportation planning policies and decisions throughout the state. In response, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) developed, and the state adopted, updates to Oregon's transportation and land use planning rules called the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules. See the state’s six page overview of the rules and the state’s CFEC implementation website.
There are several components to the new rules, including new provisions for engagement and equity. Most of the components will require changes to local land use and transportation plans and/or Eugene’s land use code. See the City Council’s Sept 12th meeting agenda materials, beginning on page 31, for an overview of the components which range from requirements for development permits to updating policies in long-range land use and transportation planning documents:
- Adopt parking regulation improvements and maximums
- Remove parking mandates
- Require electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Study and adopt climate-friendly areas
- Adopt a (regional) preferred scenario plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Update the Transportation System Plan and the Land Use Code for compact, pedestrian-friendly and mixed-use development
- Update the Transportation System Plan project prioritization for greenhouse gas reduction targets
- Adopt transportation performance standards
- Adopt bicycle parking standards
- Engaging underserved communities and equity analysis
- Ongoing monitoring and reporting
More information will provided be as staff continue to review the requirements and scope of these new state rules.
From the State:
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s webpage on CFEC implementation includes a variety of resources to help communities implement these rules, including topic specific guidance and links to the adopted rule language.
- Eugene Sustainability Commission, November 16, 2022 (agenda and webcast) - CFEC implementation overview
- Eugene City Council, September 12, 2022 (Agenda and webcast) - CFEC implementation overview
- Eugene Planning Commission, August 23, 2022 (Agenda and webcast) - CFEC implementation overview
For topic-specific meetings see topic tabs below.
Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities - Parking
The parking rule changes are the earliest component of the rules to take effect.
- The first change the City is required to implement by the CFEC rules is the elimination of off-street parking mandates (i.e. requirements for a minimum number of off-street parking spaces) on development permits for certain use and in locations near transit submitted after December 31, 2022. These requirements must be applied to new development even if Eugene's land use code is not updated yet.
- The next required change is that electric vehicle (EV) charging conduit be installed for 40% of the parking spaces provided in new multi-unit or mixed use developments. This requirement needs to be in effect no later than March 31, 2023 and must be applied to new development even if Eugene's land use code is not updated yet.
- The deadline for the City to implement the bulk of the parking rule changes is June 30, 2023, by which time the City will have to adopt land use code changes implementing one of the options for reducing off-street parking mandates city-wide, unless an extension is otherwise approved by the state.
Parking Rules Public Meetings:
- See the City Council’s Sept 28, 2022 meeting agenda materials for additional information on the parking rule requirements.
To submit questions or comments regarding the CFEC Parking rule changes, please email: CFECParking@eugene-or.gov.
A study of areas to be designated as climate-friendly areas is the next component of the CFEC rules due for implementation.
- The rules require Eugene to identify and adopt “climate-friendly areas” such as downtown and possibly other areas, where high levels of housing and jobs must be allowed.
- Eugene must first study and then designate, through comprehensive plan and land use code changes, enough climate-friendly areas to sufficiently accommodate 30 percent of the total dwellings needed to serve Eugene’s existing and future housing needs.
- If necessary, Eugene must adopt land use code changes that allow dense housing and mixed-use development, limit auto-centric land uses, increase density and building height minimums and require a high level of pedestrian-oriented design standards, and investments in walking, cycling, and transit infrastructure within these climate-friendly areas.
The deadline for the study to be submitted is December 31, 2023.
The deadline for the climate-friendly areas to be adopted, unless an extension is otherwise approved by the state, is December 31, 2024. This includes any changes to plans and the land use code for those areas.