Moving into the Adoption Process
With the help of many stakeholders, a range of Urban Reserve Options were under review since June 2020--by the public, Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee, Eugene Planning Commission, Lane County Planning Commission, Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners. We received consistent direction on an Urban Reserve area from City and County decision-makers, and are moving into the formal adoption process. Read more on this direction below.
Lane County Board of Commissioners Direction
On November 10, 2020, the Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to support the Eugene City Council’s initiation of a public review and adoption process to consider the establishment of Urban Reserves as described in Option 3, the 27-Year Option. Option 3 includes almost 6,000 acres of land, enough to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032, and strives to protect our highest value soils by removing from consideration all agricultural properties with predominant Class 1 land and directly adjacent agricultural properties with predominant Class 2 land.
Eugene City Council Direction
On October 21, 2020, the Eugene City Council passed a motion, in a 7 - 1 vote, to support Urban Reserve Option 3, which includes enough land to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032. The City Council’s direction is consistent with the recommendation made by the Eugene Planning Commission, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee’s recommendation to staff, the majority of public input, and the City Manager’s recommendation. Prior to passing the motion, the City Council held a work session on October 12, 2020, to allow for additional time to ask questions and receive information. You can watch the work session here.
City Council and County Board of Commissioners Joint Work Session
On September 21, 2020, staff presented four Urban Reserves Options to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners at a joint work session. Staff also shared recommendations from the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC), Eugene Planning Commission, Lane County Planning Commission, and the results of our Virtual Open House survey.
Planning Commission Recommendations
The Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions each recommended an Urban Reserve option for the City Council and the Lane Board of County Commissioners to consider before making a final decision.
- On August 17th the Eugene Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend the 27-Year option
- On August 18th the Lane County Planning Commission voted 5-3 to recommend the 30-Year Option with a plan policy requiring the Class 1 and 2 farm land in the Awbrey subarea to be the last of the urban reserve land to be considered for expansion of Eugene’s urban growth boundary
Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee Recommendation
On July 16, 2020, after seventeen meetings over the course of 22 months, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC) provided their final input and recommendation to staff on the Urban Reserve Options under consideration. Two motions were passed. The first supports the urban reserves analysis as technically sound. The second motion supports the recommendation of Option 3, the 27-year option, that preserves Class 1 and adjacent Class 2 land, with the acknowledgement that the year-range is an estimate based on current population forecasts and existing land use code.
Way to Share Your Input!
Thank you to the 1,300+ visitors to our Virtual Open House! The Urban Reserves Options Survey is now closed.is a downloadable PDF of survey results. If you missed the survey, it's not too late to share your input! You can still provide public comment, contact staff, or ask questions using the Q&A feature on the Urban Reserves Engage Eugene page.
Planning for the Next Two Generations
Urban Reserves are a special designation, allowed by state law, for lands outside the urban growth boundary (UGB) that can be considered a first priority if and when Eugene needs to expand for its growing population. Land designated as Urban Reserves will remain rural, and cannot be urbanized, unless it is brought into the city’s UGB through a formal process for expansion.
Eugene’s UGB is currently projected to have enough land for our population through 2032. Since population and development trends can change, Urban Reserves allows us to plan beyond 2032. Urban Reserves will identify enough land for the housing, parks, schools, and jobs needed by Eugene’s population in the long-term future (between 2032 and 2062) while implementing the area’s regional open space vision, including preservation of significant farm and forest land, waterways, and natural resources.
- Establishing a study area
- Estimating future land need (how much land do we need for homes and jobs over the next 50 years?)
- Estimating the land supply (how much developable land do we have for these future neighborhoods?)
- Conducting a capacity analysis (how many homes and jobs can be accommodated on this land?)
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After completing our technical analysis, we developed suitability criteria to further evaluate our study area. These suitability criteria were based on the state-directed outline of analysis and reflect the City’s Triple Bottom Line Framework. We subdivided the study area into 18 subareas and structured the analysis to explicitly address the suitability criteria.
The suitability analysis evaluates all the developable land in the study area by considering it in terms of the following four factors (dictated by state rules), then dismisses land that, on balance, would be unsuitable for Urban Reserves based on this evaluation:
- Efficient accommodation of identified land needs
- Orderly and economic provision of public facilities and services
- Comparative environmental, energy, economic and social consequences
- Compatibility of the proposed urban uses with nearby agricultural and forest activities occurring on farm and forest land outside the UGB
The shows the results of our suitability analysis. Land that is ‘suitable’ was moved forward for further consideration; it will not necessarily become Urban Reserves. The amount of suitable land in the study area is slightly more than the amount of land needed for the largest Urban Reserve option, so additional land was removed from consideration as the Urban Reserve options were developed.
To review our draft analysis by subarea:
Suitability Analysis Reports were developed for 16 subareas, listed below. File sizes are large and may take time to download.
Suitable Lands Web Map
The Urban Reserves Suitable Lands Web Map is an interactive map that shows the results of the suitability analysis. Search for your property and see detailed taxlot-level information. This webmap is part of our preliminary analysis – it does not show Urban Reserve Options – see the Options Story Map for more on that.
January 2020 Public Open Houses
We held three meetings for residents in January with over 125 attendees. It was an opportunity to get updated on Urban Reserves, hear about next steps, and have questions answered. Review the information provided at the Open Houses below:
Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee
In August 2018, the City Manager appointed 13 community volunteers to serve on the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC), a new department-level advisory committee that has been playing a key role in both the Urban Reserves and Growth Monitoring projects. Members have a wide variety of interests and come from around the City, with one representative living outside the UGB.
The EETAC been guiding Urban Reserves Planning by reviewing technical information that will be used to inform policy decisions, providing feedback to staff on technical-related issues, and reviewing assumptions and analysis related to long-term growth management-related efforts. You can keep up to date on their work at the EETAC project webpage, which includes the member roster and meeting materials.
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- Please stay tuned for upcoming public meeting dates which will be posted here once available.
Past Public Meetings
- Lane County Board of Commissioners, November 10 2020 (Meeting Materials, Webcast)
- Eugene City Council, October 21 2020 (Meeting Materials, Webcast)
- Eugene City Council Work Session , October 12 2020 (Meeting Materials, Webcast)
- Joint Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners Work Session, September 21, 2020 (Webcast)
- Lane County Planning Commission, August 18 2020 (Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, August 17 2020 (Webcast)
- Lane County Planning Commission, August 4 2020 (Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, August 3 2020 (Webcast)
- Urban Reserves Virtual Open House, June 26-July 26 2020
- Eugene City Council, January 29 2020 (Webcast)
- Lane County Board of Commissioners, January 28 2020 (Webcast)
- Urban Reserves Open House #3, January 22 2020 (Meeting Materials)
- Urban Reserves Open House #2 , January 14 2020 (Meeting Materials)
- Urban Reserves Open House #1, January 9 2020 (Meeting Materials)
- Triple Bottom Line Sounding Board, November 21 2019 (Agenda, Powerpoint slides)
- Eugene City Council, June 24 2019 (Webcast, Meeting Materials)
- Lane County Board of Commissioners, June 11 2019 (Webcast)
- Planning Division Project Fair, June 5 2019
- Lane County Planning Commission, May 21 2019 (Agenda, Meeting Materials)
- Eugene Planning Commission, May 20 2019 (Webcast)
- Triple Bottom Line Sounding Board, May 9 2019 (Agenda, Powerpoint slides)
- Eugene Planning Commission, May 8 2018 (Agenda, Webcast, Powerpoint slides)
- Lane County Planning Commission, May 15 2018 (Agenda Opens a New Window. , Powerpoint slides Opens a New Window. )
- Lane County Planning Commission, June 5 2018 (Agenda Opens a New Window. )
- Eugene City Council, June 11 2018 (Agenda Opens a New Window. , Webcast)
- Lane County Board of Commissioners, June 19 2018 (Agenda Opens a New Window. , Webcast Opens a New Window. )
- Eugene Planning Commission, June 25 2018 (Agenda, Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, July 10 2018 (Agenda, Webcast)
- Planning Division Project Fair, October 10 2018 (Event flyer)