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Packed House for Laurel Ridge Meeting

EUGENE, Ore. — A more than 120-acre proposed development in the South Hills was the focus of a four and a half hour meeting Wednesday night.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house as people packed into the downtown library to hear about the Laurel Ridge Proposal.

Plans call for a phased residential development for a total of 608 dwelling units, including both single-family and multi-family units, to be built in the area.

The city staff already recommended denial because of how the development conflicted with city code.

“The applicants spent a lot of time in this public hearing addressing issues staff had raised about the proposal initially,” said Steve Ochs with the Eugene Planning Division.

The public also weighed in during a public comment session. Many people raised issue with the development and its impact on wildlife, traffic and how closely buildings would go up next to their homes.

Ultimately the applicant will have seven days to provide a rebuttal to the city’s recommendation. The Eugene planning board will then make its decision 15 days later.

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