Several "letters to the editor" in support of Eugene's Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing development have been published in local newspapers. Excerpts are included below.
- "I’m a member-developer of Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing and a landowner and taxpayer in Eugene. ... A city traffic engineer assured us the additional traffic on Oakleigh Lane after the development is built won’t make the street unsafe. A hearings officer, the city Planning Commission and the state Land Use Board of Appeals have approved our project. As the commission now takes a second look, the facts remain the same." — Joel Rosenblit (Read Joel's entire letter, "Added traffic won’t be a problem," dated Sept. 2, 2015, in the Eugene Register-Guard.)
- "I’m a Eugene taxpayer, physical therapist, Egan Warming Center volunteer and retired Eugene School District employee. I’m also a member-developer of Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing ... I share my neighbors’ concerns about safety on our joint access road. For that reason, it’s reassuring to me that a review of our project by a traffic engineer concluded that the additional projected traffic falls well within safety standards established for Oakleigh Lane and similar streets." — Betty Grant (Read Betty's entire letter, "Cohousing will bring improvements," dated Sept. 3, 2015, in the Eugene Register-Guard.)
- "I am a retired UO lab technician, and I’m one of the developers of Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing. I volunteer as a SMART reader and as treasurer of Eugene Natural History Society, and I served on the Eugene Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. ... OMC folks are a collaborative community seeking to create a sharing, caring and safe neighborhood environment. We care about traffic safety for all modes in our city and on Oakleigh Lane." — Judi Horstmann (Read Judi's entire letter, "Liveable neighborhood," in the Sept. 10, 2015, Eugene Weekly.)
- "Envision Eugene has worked to increase density without attacking our beautiful and very important farms and forests. ... Oakleigh Meadow's cohousing design is a different approach to density, with a beautiful design perfect for bicycle travel and an emphasis on family involvement." — Ruth Duemler (Read Ruth's entire letter, "Clone Oakleigh," in the Sept. 10, 2015, Eugene Weekly.)
Guest Viewpoint: 'Cohousing community a viable plan'
Those "letters to the editor" are in addition to "Cohousing community a viable plan," a Guest Viewpoint by Will Dixon published in the Sept. 8, 2015, Eugene Register-Guard (see previous blog post). Will, a local architect, is also a member of Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing and our project manager. Here are several excerpts from his article. "The city of Eugene approved our development. So did the state Land Use Board of Appeals on all but one relatively small landscaping item, which we are more than willing to address. The LUBA decision was then appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeals, which remanded the development back to Eugene — not on anything related to the OMC development, but because of a procedural misstep by the city in its notification process. The Eugene Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 28 to address the misstep, and agreed to include in its deliberations a traffic safety concern that had not been brought before it previously. ... As a cohousing development, our focus is on alternative transportation to minimize car traffic in the first place."