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Sep/07/2015 - 02:13:20

Eugene residents wanted for panel to evaluate property tax waivers for apartments - The Register-Guard

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz is looking for residents to help scrutinize Eugenes newly re-established property tax waiver program for apartment and condo developments.

Under the citys Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption (MUPTE) program, developers can apply for 10-year tax waivers, but they must meet conditions for their proposed developments to be considered.

The state-sanctioned program aims to encourage development of apartments and condominiums in designated areas, while having developers provide community benefits.

The council suspended accepting applications from developers in early 2013, after granting tax waivers for a couple of high-profile student apartment projects in and near downtown: the massive Capstone development, near 13th Avenue and Olive Street, and The Hub, a 12-story, recently completed building at East Broadway and Ferry Street.

In July, the City Council approved changes to the guidelines it will use in deciding whether to grant the waivers.

The changes include requirements that local contractors must be hired to work on projects; developments must meet energy efficiency and environmental building standards; and neighborhood representatives must serve on project review panels.

Student apartment complexes are no longer eligible for the tax waivers.

City officials now are accepting applications for technical members of the MUPTE review panel.

The panel will be comprised of six technical members, plus neighborhood representatives who are selected by neighborhood association boards, and by the neighborhood in which the proposed MUPTE project is located.

The panel will meet as needed to review MUPTE applications and previously approved projects compliance with approval conditions. Panel members will prepare annual reports on the progress of approved projects, and reporting documentation, plus conduct annual reviews of the programs effectiveness.

For technical members, the city is seeking people with expertise in architecture and environmentally friendly buildings, a building trades union representative, a developer, an environmental professional, a public health professional, and a human rights representative.

Applicants for the building trades union seat must be a union member or have a written recommendation from a building trades union. Applicants for the human rights representative seat must be a member of a human rights organization or have a written recommendation from a human rights organization.

Member terms will be for either three or four year periods, with chances for renewal.

Sept. 21 is the deadline for people interested in serving as technical members of the committee to apply for appointment.

Interested persons must submit a letter of interest and provide evidence of technical expertise.

Letters of interest or questions should be directed to Amanda Nobel Flannery at [email protected], or 99 West 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR. 97401.
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