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ADUs like this one could soon fill Eugene

Eugene Needs to Get its Act Together on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

On July 1, Oregon Senate Bill 1051 quietly went into effect. Cities across the state now must take steps to help homeowners build ADUs–Accessory Dwelling Units, sometimes called tiny homes–on their lots. Eugene apparently didn’t get the memo. Homeowners looking for a lucrative income stream and renters struggling to find housing in Eugene’s tight market …

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New home constructions like this are subject to SDCs

What SDC Increases Mean for Affordable Housing in Bend

It’s hardly news that housing in Bend is expensive and isn’t getting any cheaper. The reason why isn’t exactly news either: people want to live in Bend and many are willing to pay top dollar for that privilege. Options for affordable housing–which we’ll define somewhat arbitrarily as sub-$300,000 single-family dwellings–are few and far between. (Not …

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A happy pet goat in a backyard perhaps in Eugene

Bring Goats, Chickens, and other Barnyard Friends to Your Backyard in Eugene

Imagine waking at the crack of dawn to the melodious sound of chickens clucking and goats bleating. You might think that you’ve been carried away overnight to a farm somewhere, but think again. You’re still in Eugene, and those sounds are coming from your own backyard. As a bonus, you’re about to enjoy the freshest …

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How Many Pot Shops are Too Many for Eugene? Yes or No to Buffer Zones

Eugene has a lot of cannabis retailers. Since Oregon’s legalization of marijuana in 2015, pot shops have sprung up in most every corner of Eugene. 50-plus applications have been successfully filed to-date by recreational and medicinal marijuana retailers, adding quantifiable evidence for the city’s reputation as a cannabis mecca. But some say that’s too many …

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