Home Builder’s Association v. City of Springfield

Municipal Water Management

Case: Home Builders Association of Lane County v. City of Springfield and Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, 2005.

Synopsis: This case concerned the legality of a System Development Charge (SDC) Methodology that was drafted by the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, and formally adopted by the cities of Eugene and Springfield. Petitioners alleged that the SDC did not comport with requirements of the SDC statute and that the SDC Methodology improperly shifted costs for wastewater treatment to persons involved in new development. Judge Rasmussen affirmed six out of nine of the Respondent’s decisions and found that the other three were issues of fact reviewable under the substantial evidence standard.