Growth Monitoring Program

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. Pillar 7 acknowledges that while Eugene’s new comprehensive plan is based on well-founded assumptions about what will happen in the future, not all of the assumptions will be correct and the plan needs to be flexible enough to address changing conditions and needs in the community.

The purpose of the Growth Monitoring Program is to:
  • Provide the information needed by the community and decision makers to periodically assess the validity of growth planning assumptions and inform the effectiveness of strategies adopted as part of the new comprehensive plan and urban growth boundary (UGB). 
  • Then, decision makers can determine whether the growth plan and/or related implementation activities need to be adjusted. 
  • The Monitoring Program demonstrates and formalizes the City’s commitment to a growth plan that is flexible enough to address changing conditions and needs in the community. 


Because Envision Eugene plans twenty years into the future, it contains many assumptions and projections. While these assumptions are based on trends and existing data, we know that the future is uncertain, and these assumptions will need to be updated. 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.

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 

What is the latest on the Growth Monitoring Program?

Policies to establish the growth monitoring program are proposed in the new Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (see the Administration and Implementation chapter).

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.

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.


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).


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.


What else might I want to know about the Growth Monitoring Program?

How can people get involved in the Growth Monitoring Program Technical Advisory Committee?
While the specific process for selecting members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has not been established, there will be opportunities to apply for the committee. Additional opportunities for involvement may come up through outreach, public forums, and regular presentations of the monitoring results.