The Planning Division is focused on implementing Envision Eugene. From supporting downtown as the vibrant center of our community, to enhancing efficient transportation options along our key corridors, we are involved in a number of initiatives that implement our community vision. As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions.
The Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan addresses the future of Eugene through goals and regulatory policies regarding land use that includes the Urban Growth Boundary. These policies guide 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.
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.
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.
Whether you live or work in River Road or Santa Clara, chances are you’ve got a few stories to tell about the neighborhood. The River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations, in collaboration with neighbors, businesses, the City of Eugene, and Lane County, are creating a vision that will guide decision-making in River Road and Santa Clara for decades to come.
The City of Eugene and the Lane Transit District (LTD) are working with regional partners and the community to determine what investments are needed on some of our most important transportation corridors for people using transit, and facilities for people walking and biking. Moving Ahead will prioritize transit, walking, and biking projects along these corridors so that they can be funded and built in the near-term.
The Oregon State Legislature passed a new law in June 2019 that requires large cities in Oregon, including Eugene, to allow middle housing (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses, and cottage clusters) to be built in all neighborhoods. This legislation is intended to increase our housing supply and allow for more housing types of all shapes and sizes in more places. On May 24, 2022, the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 20667 to implement the Middle Housing Code Amendments.
Multiple factors contribute to the need to update our existing land use application approval criteria and procedures for housing developments. As identified during the Envision Eugene process, we will need to accommodate approximately 15,000 new homes within our urban growth boundary (UGB) by 2032. We will need to find a way to efficiently accommodate this growth while preserving the community’s values regarding livability, public health and safety, and natural resource protection.
The Clear Lake area is a recently adopted expansion of Eugene’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) needed for additional jobs, parks, and schools. This expansion added 924 acres of land to Eugene’s UGB between the western edge of the city and the Eugene Airport. The community envisions the Clear Lake area as a green employment center with a school and community park all developed symbiotically with local wetland remediation enhancements.
Eugene’s land use code occasionally needs maintenance to fix minor errors, inconsistencies, or to address changes needed due to recent State or case law. Sometimes, City Council initiates an amendment for a specific project, area, or topic. All of these changes require a land use process and ultimately City Council approval to amend Eugene’s land use code. Check here to see the changes our team has been working on to keep Eugene’s land use code up-to-date for you.