Former member of Eugene Planning Commission writes 'Cohousing plan ideal option for Oakleigh Lane'

"Cohousing plan ideal option for Oakleigh Lane" is a Guest Viewpoint by Howard Bonnett in today's Eugene Register-Guard. A member of Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing, he served on the Eugene Planning Commission for five years.

Here are several excerpts:

"Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing is focused on developing a strong, collaborative community. We are individuals, acting as our own developer, who are planning a safe, sustainable and supportive housing model where we will live.

"We have applied for a planned unit development permit from the city of Eugene. We own a parcel of land of about 2.3 acres. Our land is contiguous to another parcel of private land, which, together, block access of residents along Oakleigh Lane to the Willamette River and the multiuse riverfront path. We are proposing to dedicate a 15-foot wide strip of our land to enable residents of Oakleigh Lane to gain better access to the river and its path system. ... 

"Many of our trips from the cohousing development will make use of our direct connection to the riverfront path, the most direct and safest route to such destinations as downtown, Valley River Center and Oakway Center, as well as our residents’ workplaces, including the Veterans Affairs clinic, Slocum Orthopedics and the University of Oregon. ...

"When OMC is developed, we will provide an entrance wide enough for emergency vehicles that enter Oakleigh Lane to turn around and leave the lane without having to back up. ...

"OMC owns and maintains the meadow, but if denied the right to develop our cohousing project, we will need to sell the property to repay our mortgages on the land. The property will be developed." 

Read the entire viewpoint.