Saturday, January 24, 2009

ICS Update

Last October's AIA-SWO chapter meeting featured a discussion about the City of Eugene’s Infill Compatibility Standards (ICS). As explained at that meeting, these standards will become a set of tools to regulate the amount, form, and appearance of new residential development in established areas, while simultaneously enhancing neighborhoods by improving the design and the impact of infill development.

The ICS Task Team has been busy since last fall, producing a preliminary list of infill issues and defining problems and potential solutions for each issue. These range from the amount of required parking for new multi-family development to the need for a set of common design standards for new small infill developments like secondary dwelling units, alley access houses, and flag lot houses.

The work has progressed to the point where it is now time to take these ideas out for broad public input. The ICS outreach subcommittee has produced a flyer introducing the Infill Compatibility Standards project. Click here to download a pdf version of this flyer.

According to the City, the goal of the planned public workshops is to brainstorm potential ICS solutions, allowing for public input and feedback cycles before specific code language proceeds through the public hearing and adoption process (slated for early summer 2009).

The public workshops will be held on the evenings of February 12 (at the Downtown Library), February 26 (at South Eugene High School), and March 3 (at North Eugene High School). Times, rooms, and agenda content are still being finalized. See for updates.

Terri Harding is the City of Eugene’s ICS project manager. She may be reached at (541) 682-5635 if you have any questions regarding the ICS project or the upcoming public workshops.

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