The City of Ashland’s Climate and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (CEPAC) will hold meetings to discuss a potential ordinance that could impact the use of natural gas in new residential buildings within the city.
In March 2023, the Rogue Climate Action Team, a youth-led climate organization, presented a draft ordinance to the Ashland City Council. This proposed ordinance aimed to restrict the use of natural gas in new construction projects across the city. During that meeting, the City Council directed CEPAC to thoroughly investigate the feasibility and implications of such an ordinance.
Over the past several months, CEPAC has collected information and conducted research on this issue. Now, they are opening the floor to residents and interested parties, seeking their input and insights on the matter.
CEPAC has scheduled two informative sessions designed to provide detailed information about the proposed ordinance, address questions, and actively listen to the concerns and suggestions of the community. Both sessions will have the Chair of CEPAC and City staff in attendance to ensure a comprehensive and transparent discussion.
To accommodate the diverse schedules of Ashland’s residents, these sessions will be held at different times and dates. The first session will take place on Wednesday, October 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The second session is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Both meetings will be conducted in the Council Chambers located at 1175 East Main St in Ashland.
For those unable to attend these sessions in person, an online form will be made available to submit written comments to the committee, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to contribute to this conversation.
Organizers state this initiative aligns with Ashland’s commitment to addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable future for its residents. For more information on CEPAC and other climate initiatives currently underway in the city, please visit ashlandor.org/climate.
Source: City of Ashland