Activist Alert 6-4-2015

• The Metropolitan Policy Committee meets from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Thursday, June 4, at the Eugene Public Library. Public comment time is early in the meeting and one of  the agenda items is “Development of Draft Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan,” presented by Savannah Crawford of ODOT. Springfield Main Street public safety is also on the follow-up agenda. See for more information.

• A public forum on Eugene’s Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) rules will be from 5:30 to 7 pm Monday, June 8, at The Barn Light, 924 Willamette St. The city is considering modifying MUPTE to mandate “workforce housing” as one of the requirements for the tax breaks. Panelists include Brittany Quick-Warner of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Pettus-Czar of The Barn Light, Denny Braud of the city of Eugene, Gregory Brokaw of Rowell Brokaw Architects and Mia Nelson of 1000 Friends of Oregon. The event is sponsored by Downtown Eugene Economic Development and not the city of Eugene. 

• A UO Campus Partners informational meeting is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 pm Monday, June 8, in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom on campus. UO staff will talk about ongoing projects and neighborhood members can express specific issues of interest or concern. City staff are invited to attend and may or may not participate. No decisions will be made at this meeting. An invitation sent to members says, “Campus Partners works to improve communication for the university and its neighborhood, city and service partners. We accomplish this by meeting each term to discuss issues of mutual interest, exchange information, and provide opportunities for problem solving.”

• Lane County’s Large Events Task Force, appointed by the county commissioners, is looking at issues regarding whether Lane County Parks should host large events and, if so, how they should be managed. For those who missed the June 3 open house at Public Works, an online survey is still available at