Growth Monitoring Program     

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Overview 

What is Growth Monitoring?

The City of Eugene is developing a system to efficiently collect growth-related information like population and jobs growth the number of houses being built, and the status of our undeveloped land supply. Knowing how fast Eugene is growing and the rate of development will help us determine if we need to implement ways to grow more compact (e.g. development incentives or increase density) or grow our land supply by expanding our urban growth boundary. The goal is to have growth-related data that is complete and relevant to the community’s future needs such as those identified in the 2012 Envision Eugene Recommendation. Regularly assessing the effectiveness of our growth management strategies and identifying future growth trends will allow us to adjust our strategies and the monitoring program in response to changing needs. Policies establishing the growth monitoring program were adopted in the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (see the Administration and Implementation chapter) in 2017.


What’s Happening Now vs. Later


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Now

City staff are currently working to collect and verify development data since 2012, the beginning of our monitoring period. This includes developing and test the software to compute, display, and analyze the data. The main focus at this time continues to be developing the system that will collect the data and produce charts and graphics for reporting. In addition, staff and the EETAC have begun reviewing the methodology for updating our city-wide inventory of buildable lands.


The Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC) meets regularly to review monitoring data, go to the EETAC webpage for meeting information.  They have already reviewed initial charts for U.S. Census data, population and employment growth, and a draft annual monitoring report template. 


Click on the topic areas below to view the draft charts, which will be updated before the first monitoring report is issued. Given the infancy of the program, data is draft and subject to change.

  1. Who lives here?
  2. How affordable is our community?
  3. How fast are we growing?
  4. How fast are our jobs growing?
  5. What types of housing development have we seen?
  6. How much land has been developed?

Who Lives here?

Click here to view draft charts related to characteristics of our community like the size of households, renting and owning, and demographics.

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Later

The results of the monitoring system will be presented to Planning Commission and City Council to be approved for future use. Additional work includes producing the first annual monitoring report, developing an on-line dashboard for reviewing monitoring information, and identifying metrics for "qualitative" data that is more subjective in nature and related to the experience of our residents as the community develops. Beginning after the first monitoring report, the program will begin annual reporting of key data.

  1. Who is Involved
  2. Foundational Documents
  3. Related Projects

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City Staff are working with city partners and the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC). These groups are comprised of technical experts, community members, and representatives from City Boards and Commissions. The EETAC was appointed by the City Manager and began meeting in October 2018. The group represents a range of voices in the community and will provide feedback to staff on technical-related issues. The foundational ideas behind the program were developed in conjunction with the Technical Resource Group (TRG) in 2015. The monitoring reports will also be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.

Upcoming Public Meetings

Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

EETAC meets to discuss both the Growth Monitoring and Urban Reserves projects. 

Unless otherwise listed, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee meetings are generally held on the first or third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm. See the EETAC website for meeting information.


Past Public Meetings

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division


    Heather O'Donnell
    Senior Planner
    99 W. 10th Avenue
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5488

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