Lane county commissioners have passed an ordinance that will set a curfew at the butterfly lot in downtown eugene.
And that decision is causing some controversy.
Kezi 9 news reporter brady wakayama joins us live in eugene to explain.
The butterfly lot located right across from the courthouse has been a hot button topic for the last several weeks.
And now no one will be allowed to be here from 11 ?m until 6 ?m.
This curfew follows the controversy surrounding homeless campers who moved from the highway 99 camp back to the butterfly lot and were then removed from the property again.
At last check, there are about 100 campers at the highway 99 homeless camp.
During the meeting commissioners said this ordinance would make for a healthier and safer downtown eugene.
I spoke to one eugene couple who are all for the new curfew if it cleans up the area.
"well i've been here at night too.
It looks unkept, it seems dirty, it does seem unsafe and there's children too.
I don't think it's a good healthy environment."
Although commissioners and some in the community are high on the new ordinance.
There are still some who are against it & saying its trying to cover up the "they keep passing laws to target homeless population in the downtown area.
I'm not really sure what the deal is because it's just pushing the problem to everywhere else."
Stitched "certainly it's insufficient to solve the root of the problem and much more needs to be done very quickly, this hasn't started yesterday so it's probably not going to be resolved."
Commissioners say the 11 pm to 6 am curfew is the same as the other public property in the area.
They also say the decision does not restrict any individual's right to lawful protest.
And people can still be on the property lane county officials say they plan on having these fences up until theyre finished cleaning the space of human space and other health concerns.
Live in eugene brady wakayama kezi nine