Eugene bans natural gas in some new home construction

Eugene has banned natural gas and other fossil-fuel infrastructure in new homes, townhomes and other residential structures no taller than three stories.

City councilors voted 5-3 Monday night to adopt an ordinance that would apply to building permit applications filed on or after June 30, 2023. They have cited concerns about climate change and public health for several years in discussions about decarbonization and electrification.

The vote came after the Council rejected a move to place the ordinance on the May ballot.

Councilwoman Emily Semple, who made the motion to approve the ordinance, said “it’s time to get this done and not deal with this anymore and deal with the rest of the package and other things we have to deal with.”

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