Urban Reserves

Eugene is continually growing and changing, and preparing for this growth and change over the longer term requires the deep involvement of our community and a new level of collaboration with our County partners. Because our future population growth is uncertain and our best predictions are likely to be wrong, we need to be prepared with a plan to grow in the best places and in the ways that best align with our community values. 

The goal of urban reserve planning is to identify where Eugene may grow beyond our current Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate up to 50 years of projected population growth. The plan will support the pillars of Envision Eugene, advance the community vision beyond 2032, and reflect deep collaboration among the City, County, community, and service providers. 

Urban reserves will identify lands for the housing, parks, schools, and jobs needed by Eugene’s population in the long term future, while implementing the area’s regional open space vision, including preservation of significant farmland, waterways, natural resources and landscapes.

For More information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

What's New with Urban Reserves?

Preliminary Land Supply Model Results

Our technical analysis is underway, and we have preliminary results of our Land Supply Model to share! This model classified all the land within our Study Area to determine if it developable or not. 

Check out the Technical Analysis section below for more information and a map showing the outputs of the Land Supply Model.

Development Potential Map Thumbnail

Upcoming EETAC Meetings

The Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC) met on February 21st to review the work that has been done on the Land Supply Model. They also reviewed the first set of results from the Capacity Analysis, which estimates the number of homes that our Study Area could accommodate. 

The EETAC will meet again on March 21st, and all meetings are open to the public. View the EETAC page for meeting materials and more information.

EETAC co-chairs

Study Area

The Study Area generally includes all land within at least a one-mile radius of the urban growth boundary, with a few exceptions. All the land in the Study Area will be analyzed to see how suitable it is for potential urban uses. Use the map below to see if your property is in the Study Area, or click the "interactive web map" button for a full screen version. 

Technical Analysis

Urban Reserves is currently in the technical analysis phase. The first key step was establishing the Study Area, which is described above. Another early step in the technical analysis was identifying our land need so we have a rough idea of the amount of land required to accommodate future jobs and population growth. 

Figuring out where it makes sense for those future jobs and homes to go is an iterative, multi-step process. Staff developed a Land Supply Model that classified all the land within the Study Area to determine whether it is developable or not. This removed land that is not well suited to future development, such as land with protected natural resources or land that is committed to a public use. We have divided the Study Area into smaller subareas to make it easier to analyze during the suitability analysis and the capacity analysis, which staff are currently working on.

Want to see some of the preliminary results from the Land Supply Model? Click on the thumbnails below to download the full maps or check out the interactive map above. Note that file sizes are large and may be slow to load.

Study Area Subareas

Thumbnail image of map of Urban Reserves subareas

Development Potential by Subarea

Map of Development Potential within Study Area

Outreach Timeline

This graphic outlines the key phases of the urban reserves project and public engagement opportunities. 

Urban Reserves Timeline Final

Guiding Documents

Two important documents will guide Urban Reserves planning. The Public Involvement Plan outlines the outreach process, key stakeholders, and how various groups can help shape the project. The Draft Project Charter is an internal document that outlines scope of the project and key milestones. 

Engagement Opportunities

Technical Advisory Committee

Members of the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee were appointed by the City Manager in August 2018. The EETAC provides technical-related feedback to staff on City-wide growth management initiatives, starting with urban reserves. The EETAC members represent a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise, and serve as liaisons connecting the community to growth management projects and encouraging participation.

Upcoming EETAC Meetings

  • March 21 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm, Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave., Saul Room, 3rd Floor. (Visit the EETAC webpage for a complete list of EETAC meeting dates and meeting materials.)

Stay Informed

Interested in keeping tabs on the urban reserves planning work? If you sign up to be on our interested parties list we will send you monthly project updates through the Envision Eugene newsletter, and notify you of upcoming meetings and opportunities.

Past Public Meetings

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Rebecca Gershow
    Senior Planner Urban Reserves
    99 W. 10th Avenue
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-8816

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