Development plan denied for Amazon Headwaters

Development plan denied for Amazon Headwaters

EUGENE, Ore. - A Eugene hearings official has ruled that a housing development in the Amazon Creek headwaters area would not be a good idea.

The area is tucked away in the southeast hills at the end of East and West Amazon drives.

Most people only see the water as it flows through Eugene in the Amazon Canal.

Others, like Kevin Matthews, believe the source of the Amazon is critical to save.

"Once again the Amazon Headwaters keystone has managed to dodge a bullet," said Matthews, president of the Southeast Neighbors.

Landowners Leslie and Martin Beverly proposed a 75 lot housing development on forestland they own southwest of West Amazon Drive. Representatives from the group representing the Beverly family declined to talk to KVAL News for this story.

Their planned unit development application plan would have put dozens of homes along the wooded hillside.

"It's not that we don't want anything built, not that we don't want anyone else to live in the neighborhood," Matthews said. He said the 26 acre development is planned in the wrong place.

But a city code section that prohibits development on slopes greater than 20 percent loomed large in the city official's ruling.

The developers could appeal the case.