Oregon zoning change endangers smart growth

05/21/2008 | Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), The

Proposed zoning changes near the University of Oregon would undermine smart-growth goals, according to advocates. By increasing the distance for graduated reduced building heights and requiring up to 250% more parking spaces, critics say the zoning plan would force the city of Eugene, Ore., to grow outward rather than upward. "If these amendments pass, large student housing projects will have to be built farther from campus -- and more and more students will be forced to commute," says a spokesperson for the local home builders association.

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