How will the City “center” historically marginalized community groups?

Oregon is grappling with a troubling history and current patterns of inequity and discrimination, including in land use, zoning, and transportation investment (and disinvestment) decisions. Wealth and health have been concentrated among the privileged, at the expense of others. This project takes some steps towards redressing past harms.

Increasing the density of jobs and affordable housing in attractive neighborhoods – those where people can live, work, and play – counters displacement in lower income areas. Offering more climate-friendly transportation options and reducing emissions helps to achieve environmental justice by reducing pollution and negative health impacts in neighborhoods.

Eugene is committed to centering and elevating the voices of communities who have historically been left out of or harmed by past planning efforts. Many communities have experienced real harm through racist and other discriminatory planning practices in the past, including prohibition on owning property or living in certain areas, forced relocation, highway building, lack of investment, and more. This project will intentionally engage these communities in decision-making.

The state requirements define historically marginalized community groups to include Black and African American people, Indigenous people, People of Color, people with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, low-income Oregonians, renters, people experiencing homelessness, youth and seniors, LGBTQ+ people, and more.

While studying Eugene’s potential Climate-Friendly Areas, project staff will complete an equity analysis. This analysis includes a review of data on Eugene’s neighborhoods and meetings with community partners to understand where there may be potential for displacement of marginalized communities. As part of the analysis, City staff and community organizations will identify and recommend strategies to reduce or eliminate this potential displacement. For this CFEC project, centering historically marginalized communities means intentionally planning with the people who have been left out of planning decision-making in the past. Staff will work to engage community members to understand their housing and transportation needs, the risk of displacement, and their priorities for community investment.

Each CFEC project will include specific attention to marginalized communities and ensure their engagement in the planning effort, as well as monitoring progress towards achieving more equitable outcomes.

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1. What is Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities?
2. What parts of Eugene will be affected?
3. What is a Climate-Friendly Area?
4. How will Climate-Friendly Areas be selected?
5. Will downtown be a Climate-Friendly Area? How does the designation interact with Urban Renewal and other existing downtown projects and priorities?
6. Will this project lead to displacement?
7. If these requirements are from the state, how do we make sure the implementation meets Eugene's specific needs?
8. When and how will you involve the public? How can neighborhood associations or other groups get involved?
9. Has any other city or state done this before?
10. Who are the decision-makers in this process?
11. How will the City “center” historically marginalized community groups?
12. If this is about “climate-friendly” development, where are the requirements for renewable energy, tree preservation, and building decarbonization?
13. What if I have concerns about the requirements of CFEC?
14. Who can I contact if I want to know more?