Implementation Projects

The goals and pillars of Envision Eugene have included strategies and actions to implement them since the 2012 Recommendation. Many projects have been proposed, begun and even completed to help move us closer to those goals. Completed and in-progress projects reflect the 2012 Recommendation and subsequent City Council direction. Future implementation measures will be based on policies found in the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan and carried forward into the Envision Eugene Action Plan.

Overview

Envision Eugene includes many strategies to achieve our goals, for which we develop implementation projects. What are these implementation projects? This page covers some of the big picture questions about how Envision Eugene is being implemented. For more details, see the More on Implementation Projects sidebar.

How do we identify and prioritize implementation projects?

Implementation projects are generally pursued based on several factors.

  • Urgency – Some projects are pursued to avoid an undesirable outcome or to meet a legal deadline. Projects that need to be completed to adopt the new urban growth boundary are a priority. 
  • Funding – Resources are an important factor in beginning projects. Additional funding, including funding from outside sources (for example grants) can increase the priority of a project. 
  • Progression – Many projects are connected to one another in such a way that one must be finished before others can be undertaken. 
  • Opportunity – Partnerships, major events, and significant community energy are opportunities that can increase the priority of a project. 
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What is the latest on implementation projects?

Several implementation projects have moved forward since the 2012 Recommendation. These projects are focused on getting us to the point where we can adopt a successful urban growth boundary and comprehensive plan, which will then kick off another phase of implementation projects.

Current UGB Recommendation – The adoption of the urban growth boundary is a major implementation project. Required legal documents are currently under development and it is nearing a new phase of formal review and adoption process.

Vision to Action – Envision Eugene: Vision to Action is a set of four documents currently under development that carry the 2012 Recommendation forward based on subsequent analysis and direction.

South Willamette Concept Plan – The concept plan and subsequent draft South Willamette Special Area Zone are part of a pilot project to identify a process for working with neighborhoods to enhance key corridors in Eugene.

Code Amendments – Amendments to the Eugene Land Use Code (Chapter 9) have been adopted to streamline processes, better reflect the Envision Eugene pillars, and to make it easier to develop multi-family housing downtown and in commercial areas.

Residential Re-designation – Zoning, comprehensive plan designations, and code amendments have been adopted for several areas of Eugene to allow low density (rather than medium density) housing types to minimize the need for a UGB expansion for low density housing

Employment and Industrial Zones – These zone and code amendments have been adopted to accommodate more commercial jobs inside the current UGB and minimize the need for a UGB expansion.

Brownfield Redevelopment – The Eugene-Springfield area received a grant to inventory and assess potential brownfield sites. Sites that are cleaned up can be redeveloped into residential, commercial, or industrial uses, helping to reuse land inside the existing UGB.

Implementation strategies and actions that will lead to new implementation projects can be found in the 2012 Recommendation and eventually in the Envision Eugene Action Plan.

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How do implementation projects relate to adopting our UGB?

The Urban Growth Boundary Adoption Package is the collection of legally required documents to formally set (adopt) the UGB. It is one of the most substantial implementation projects of Envision Eugene to date.

Policies – The UGB Adoption Package will include both new land use policies and the removal of old policies that enable a Eugene-specific urban growth boundary and reflect many of the implementation strategies and actions.

Code – New land use code language may address zoning or other adjustments.

Supporting Documents – Many of the documents presenting the fact base and analysis for the UGB were implementation projects in their own right and have already been adopted (e.g. Residential Re-designation, Employment and Industrial Zones).

Urban Growth Boundary – The formally adopted UGB, a key implementation project, will reflect the overall values of the Envision Eugene pillars.

Because these documents are focused on showing the state that we are meeting our responsibilities in accordance with state law, most of the language in these documents is both legal and extremely detailed.

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How do implementation projects relate to Envision Eugene: Vision to Action?

Envision Eugene: Vision to Action is the set of four documents that present the outcome of the Envision Eugene process and complementary ways to make the community vision a reality.

The plans themselves further the goals of Envision Eugene, but the Action Plan is specifically focused on identifying and tracking progress towards our goals.

The Community Vision explores the history, the values, and the goals that inform how Eugene should grow. All Envision Eugene implementation projects are based on this foundation.

The Comprehensive Plan is the state-mandated land use policy plan for the City of Eugene. This document is an essential element of adopting the UGB (an implementation project), and provides policy support for other implementation strategies.

The Urban Form Plan presents both local context and best practices to guide and inform the built environment in Eugene. These guidelines address the more specific design aspects and the ways that individual development projects can further the goals of Envision Eugene. The Community Design Handbook is an extension the Urban Form Plan.

The Action Plan lays out specific steps to achieve the goals of Envision Eugene. This plan both identifies and tracks implementation projects and monitors the underlying assumptions that can affect our goals and strategies.

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What else might I want to know about implementation projects?

Who is involved in these projects?
Different City staff and partners are involved in different projects. Each specific project page will include contact information. You can find contact information for staff working on broad areas on the Get Involved! page.

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