On June 24, 2019, the Eugene City Council passed an ordinance that amended Section 7.370 of the Eugene Code. The ordinance went into effect on June 25, 2019. The amendment gave property owners legal authority to trespass people who are congregating in the planting strip adjacent to their property. Read additional background information on the ordinance.
The planting strip is generally referred to as the space between the curb and sidewalk. Property owners are responsible for maintaining this area, often spending time and money for plants and landscaping. Planting strips are intended to provide a separation from vehicle traffic and provide a safe and comfortable environment for people walking. They are not intended to serve as places for people to gather or for items, such as garbage or debris, to accumulate.
Property owners can file a complaint for people trespassing in the abutting planting strip by calling the Eugene Police Department non-emergency line at 541-682-5111. While the Street Crimes Unit will take lead on enforcement, at least initially when a heavier call volume is expected, patrol will also be involved when Street Crimes is not on duty.