The Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan
The Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan is a state-mandated land use plan that serves as the basic guiding policy document for land use planning in Eugene's urban growth boundary and addresses the future of Eugene through goals and regulatory policies regarding land use.
It includes the adopted urban growth boundary and guides the city as it develops work programs, conducts long-range planning, prepares budget and capital improvement programs, makes public investments, and develops related investment programs. New land use plans and changes to the City's land use code and land use plans must be consistent with the policies in the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan. The policies do not apply in approving or denying individual land use applications, unless specifically stated in the policy.
A Phased Approach
For several decades, Eugene and Springfield have shared a common comprehensive plan - the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan). The Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan replaces regional policies in the Metro Plan with new policies that are specific to Eugene. Because of the resource-intensive nature of moving from one comprehensive plan structure to another, the plan will be developed in phases. Adopted in 2017, the first phase includes all elements that were essential to establishing the urban growth boundary (UGB). The next phase will address Eugene-specific issues, such as livability and resiliency. Until this next phase is completed, Eugene will continue to use the Metro Plan policies related to those issues.
Finishing What We Started
With the adoption of Eugene’s urban growth boundary (UGB) and the first phase of the comprehensive plan, it is time to finish developing a cohesive Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan.This next phase will involve collaboration and input with boards, commissions, and the community to develop the remaining policy chapters. This phase will continue to build on the strong foundation of Envision Eugene, including the seven pillars and years of deep engagement, with additional outreach and engagement opportunities throughout the process. The seven new chapters will include:
- Public Involvement
- Compact Development and Urban Design
- Community Health and Livability
- Natural Resources and Environmental Quality
- Community Resiliency
- Public Facilities and Services
There will also be some updates to most of the chapters from the first phase. Supporting documents required for the adoption process will also be developed, including ordinances, legal findings and amendments to the Metro Plan and Land Use Code.
We are just beginning the next phase to complete the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan! The Eugene Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Project Charter and Draft Public Involvement Plan at the May 21, 2018 work session, and you can view the agenda, meeting materials, and discussion here.
Eugene City Council is tentatively scheduled to review the draft project documents at the June 27, 2018, 12:00 pm work session, which will be at Harris Hall - 125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene. You can attend in person or watch online.