I can see Capitol Hill from my house. As a matter of personal preference I would not like my view of Capitol Hill to change.
* The Capital hill PUD was capped at 14 new houses? What if the tree cut count was amended and lowered?
* One of those properties was used to buy out a Fairmont neighbor?
* Assume that the bought out Fairmont neighbor’s property was contiguous to the university?
* Then the University and Fairmont both donated 50% of the land needed to build a parking garage.
* A trust was set up to be jointly owned by the University and Fairmont Neighbors Association, and the trust owned the parking garage.
* Parking would be free for students, and would charge for events. Feeded parking would be used to offset maintenance cost of the garage.
* Other parking on the streets of Fairmont would be reduced to residents and their guests.
* Ask the architecture school at the U of O to submit designs - pro bono. As for designs that would integrate form and function and be within the character of the fairmont neighborhood estetic.
* Ask the Knight Foundation and the U of O alumni association to sponsor it.
* What size parking garage would be needed? 500 spaces? More?
* How many duplexes are in the planned PUD? How many ADUs?
I think our challenge as neighbors is not to simply oppose the Capital Hill PUD, but rather to come up with alternative economic options which preserve our ecological values and also help the current land owner realize the most from his economic investments. Rather than just “no” what alternatives have been proposed?
There are at least three resources for records on real estate properties in Eugene (though there could be more as well). These three are
- Eugene City Records
- Lane County Records
- Eweb Records
Eweb is the local electricity, water, and sewage provider.
Useful links for public information
There are a couple of things to check, these include any open permits at either the county or the city, an closed permits (to know what improvements were actually permitted), past ownership of the property and what was paid for the property (sales history), any deed restrictions, and any social history of the property.
- City records are generally organized by address.
- County records are generally organized by map & taxlot number.
- I have found this blog article generally informative: https://craigtomlinson.biz/2013/03/04/buying-and-selling-duplexes-in-eugene-springfield-lane-county-oregon
- One way to indirectly evaluate contractors is to look at their closure rates on city permits. That is, how many permits have they successfully closed and is that typical for a contractor? How many have they left open?
- Past sales: http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/lanecountymaps/propertysales/index.html?esearch=1803054300400&slayer=0&exprnum=3
- Zoning: http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/LaneCountyMaps/ZoneAndPlanMapsApp/index.html?esearch=1803054300400&slayer=0&maptype=WL
Reading tax records and RLID
- When reading the building classification code this PDF explains the codes used.
Generally helpful documents if leasing your home in Eugene
- ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 53-05-02-F
- ORS CH 90