The City of Eugene Planning and Development Department (PDD) is the one-stop shop for answers to most construction projects in our community. We’re located in the Atrium building, at 99 W.10th in downtown Eugene.
PDD’s projects enlarge our stock of affordable housing PDD is usually a silent partner, working closely with local private non-profits, Lane County, HACSA and the federal department of Housing and Urban Development to find funds and develop plans for building affordable housing. One of our many functions is to create long term plans for the city, anticipating ongoing needs as we grow as a city and a region. Recent activity has included supporting the development of 226 units of affordable rental housing in five new construction projects and one acquisition/rehabilitation project over the past five years. These units are all targeted to very low-income persons earning 50% of Area Median income and below. In addition, in 2015 the City Council adopted the Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan guiding the use of federal CDBG and HOME funds for the next five years. That Plan anticipates that Eugene will:
- Create 500 permanent affordable housing units
- Rehabilitate 350 units of affordable housing units
Provide emergency home repairs to 150 homes occupied by seniors, persons with disabilities, and other low-income persons to prevent homelessness
What’s on the horizon:
THE OAKS HACSA and Sponsors are working together to create an affordable housing project at 1420 and 1430 Oak Patch Road for people with criminal histories who are working and stable or on disability. Slated for construction in 2016.
Help With Your Building Project
For a simple project, you may start with a simple drop-in visit at the Permit & Information Center (PIC), 99 W. 10th. For a complex project schedule a free pre-development meeting at the PIC, with the necessary staff, such as code enforcement, public works, land use and planning. For an appointment, call 541.682.5593
How much will it cost?
Your project may incur building permit fees and System Development Charges (SDCs). City staff cannot provide fee estimates prior to project submittal because of the many variables that influence the calculations, but we do have tools available to help you get a ball-park estimate. Please refer to this online resource and/or call Building Permit Services at 541-682-5086. Your project may be eligible for federal, state, and/or local funding assistance. Please refer to the City’s Community Development web page and/or call the Community Development Division at 541-682-5086.
For Section 8 Program regulations and Housing Quality Standards (HQS) requirements call the Housing and Community Services Agency (HACSA) of Lane County at 541.682.3755.
More questions? See Building and Permit Services (BPS) page. (http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=148)
Sample affordable housing project
For families able to contribute their own labor, working with Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity to build a home might be a good way to go. Using their “home construction program, low-income families invest in their future with a lot of hard work or “sweat equity.” Families complete a minimum of 300-500 “sweat equity” hours (depending on family configuration) prior to moving in. After the house is built with volunteers, our families purchase their home with a low-interest, no-profit loan. Their monthly mortgage payments cycle directly back into the mission of S/E Habitat, allowing us to provide the same life-changing experience for another family. Each Partner Family receives continued support through education and mentorship.
We also take great pride in the preservation of our existing community neighborhoods. Our Home Repair program, A Brush With Kindness, works with low-income veterans, elderly and/or disabled homeowners in need of minor exterior home repairs. By bringing these homes back to a decent, livable standard, our families are able to stay at home in a comfortable, safe, familiar environment.”