Growth Monitoring Program

Growth Monitoring
One of the pillars of Envision Eugene, Pillar 7 – “Provide for adaptable, flexible and collaborative implementation,” specifically calls for a monitoring system to collect and track key information. It was recognized that while Eugene’s new comprehensive plan and urban growth boundary is based on well-founded assumptions about what will happen in the future, our current systems are not sufficient for tracking growth (e.g. data is not available or is costly and time consuming to reconstruct). We need a better system to position our selves for addressing changing trends and unforeseen circumstances.

Establishing a robust Growth Monitoring Program is intended to:
  • Provide more accurate data that is accessible to the community and decision makers so we can periodically assess our assumptions and the effectiveness of goals and policies adopted as part Eugene's new comprehensive plan. 
  • Then, decision makers can determine whether some sort of action is needed if the trends or needs are different than we anticipates (e.g. if vacant land is being developed quicker than anticipated, does the density, location, and type of housing and jobs match our assumptions?). 
  • The Monitoring Program follows our commitment to the community in Pillar 7 and to Council's direction to deliver the first monitoring report to Council within three year of the State acknowledging our new urban growth boundary (now known to be due by January 2021). 

What is the latest on the Growth Monitoring Program?

Technical Resource Group committee members

Technical Advisory Committee Appointed!


The inaugural group of the EETAC has been appointed by the City Manager and will begin meeting in October. Visit the EETAC page to learn more.

Sunday Streets 20 Minute Neighborhood Activity

Come learn about Growth Monitoring at the Planning Division Project Fair!

October 10, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm

Downtown Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room


This event will showcase Envision Eugene implementation projects. Stop by, ask questions and get involved—plus enjoy fun activities for the whole family!

Overview

This page covers some of the big picture questions about how assumptions and trends will be monitored and updated. For more details, see the More on Growth Monitoring sidebar.
Timeline from Planning Commission Presentation 5.21.18
Technical Advisory Committee
The Envision Eugene Technical Advisory (EETAC) has recently been appointed by the City Manager and will have their first meeting in October. The scope of the EETAC will include City-wide growth management initiatives, starting with urban reserves. The group will represent a range of voices in the community and will provide feedback to staff on technical-related issues. For more information on the EETAC, click here

Other opportunities for involvement may come up through outreach, public meetings, and regular presentations of the monitoring results.

Other Project Updates
Policies establishing the growth monitoring program were adopted in the new Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (see the Administration and Implementation chapter) in 2017.

Development of a growth monitoring plan and system is currently underway, including:
  • What data to collect, how and when 
  • Key questions to be answered 
  • How to evaluate the information and make it available to the community 
  • General organizational structure of the program 
The main focus at this time is developing the system (databases, forms) that will collect the data. Future work includes establishment of a technical advisory committee to review the data and developing metrics for "qualitative" data, that is more subjective and related to the experience of our residents.

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How will the Growth Monitoring Program work?

The Growth Monitoring Program will track both numerical data and more quality-based assessments to provide a well rounded program. Once the program is established, a citizen technical advisory committee (TAC) will provide input on the operations and evaluation of the program.

Key goals of the program are:
  • To have growth-related data that is complete and relevant to future needs 
  • To efficiently collect the growth-related data 
  • To provide growth-related information to the community 
  • To regularly assess current status of the City’s land supply 
  • To regularly assess the effectiveness of land use efficiency strategies  
  • To identify growth planning trends 
  • To regularly assess and adjust the program in response to changing needs 

What are the benefits of the Growth Monitoring Program?
  • Increased reliability and on-going tracking of the buildable lands supply status 
  • Reduced city costs of future growth planning efforts 
  • Increased public trust in the growth planning process 
  • The community is in a better position to respond to changing conditions 
  • Better collaboration with regional partners, creating a more complete picture about regional trends 
The program specifics were initially developed in coordination with city partners, other agency staff and the Technical Resource Group. The Envision Eugene Action Plan will include substantial detail regarding how this program will function. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft Action Plan (monitoring program starts on agenda package page 131) at their October 19, 2015 work session.

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How does the Growth Monitoring Program 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.

Because the Growth Monitoring Program is not required by the state, it is not directly addressed in the UGB Adoption Package beyond comprehensive plan policies (see Administration and Implementation chapter).

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How does the Growth Monitoring Program 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 Growth Monitoring Program is a substantial element of the Action Plan, although the Community Vision and Comprehensive Plan also address it.

The Community Vision explores the history, the values, and the goals that inform how Eugene should grow. The seventh pillar lays a strong mandate for the Growth Monitoring Program.

The Comprehensive Plan is the state-mandated land use policy plan for the City of Eugene. Policies in the Administration and Implementation chapter of this document establish core elements of the Growth Monitoring Program.

The Urban Form Plan presents both local context and best practices to guide and inform the built environment in Eugene. The plan itself does not address the Growth Monitoring Program specifically. However the program will include means to evaluate whether development is achieving Envision Eugene’s quality of life or livability goals and outcomes, some of which are directly influenced by the guidelines in the Community Design Handbook, such as creating walkable neighborhoods and a beautiful downtown and key corridors.

The Action Plan lays out specific steps to achieve the goals of Envision Eugene. The Growth Monitoring Program, as an ongoing program to support all actions taken, is presented in detail within the Action Plan.

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