What are Climate Friendly & Equitable Communities?
Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) Rules were adopted by the Oregon Legislature in July 2022. As part of these new rules, local governments are required to study, identify, and designate "climate friendly areas" to help provide local residents with more housing and transportation choices while also meeting Oregon’s Climate Pollution Reduction Targets for 2050. These rules require some cities to update their transportation and land use plans and development codes to accommodate walkable, mixed-use development.
Walkable Mixed-Use Areas
The City of Keizer is beginning to study potential locations for walkable, mixed-use areas. Walkable, mixed-use areas are envisioned as neighborhood centers where people can meet most of their daily needs without relying on a car.
Key elements of a walkable, mixed-use area include:
• Opportunities for increased development where people can live, work, shop, and play.
• Improvements that make it easier and safer for people to walk, bike, and take transit to their destinations.
• Strategies to avoid or minimize displacement and preserve and increase affordable housing options.
• Reduced off-street parking to free up land for housing and other services.
Keizer is currently studying locations that build off the Keizer Revitalization Plan and the River-Cherry Overlay District. Those plans identified three areas that may be good places for walkable, mixed-use areas: Lockhaven, Chemawa, and Cherry Centers.
The Survey includes several questions about each of the three locations that Keizer is studying as potential walkable, mixed-use areas. Your input will be used to help inform the study the City will publish by the end of 2023, as well as the future process to designate and adopt walkable, mixed-use areas in accordance with state requirements.