Land Use Code Amendments

Middle Housing Code Changes

The Oregon State Legislature passed a law in June 2019 that is intended to provide more opportunities for a variety of housing types in traditionally single-family neighborhoods and to increase the overall housing supply in and around cities.  At a high level, the law requires:

No later than June 30, 2022, Eugene must amend the City’s land use regulations to allow:

  • A duplex on each lot or parcel:
    • That is located within city limits;
    • That is zoned for residential use; and
    • On which the City’s land use regulations allows the construction of a detached single-family dwelling; and
  • Triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential zones within the City that allow detached single-family dwellings.

To learn more about the project, Please visit the official Middle Housing Code Changes webpage.

 Accessory Dwelling Units: Finalizing Compliance with ORS 197.312(5) 

(City File CA 18-1)

Current Project Status

UPDATE: At the September 15, 2021 work session, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20659  to finalize compliance with state law for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Council's action also included approval of the five motions introduced by Councilor Syrett, see more information on these amendments below.   

While this overall process is for a Land Use Code Amendment in response to changes in state law, now codified at ORS 197.312(5), this 2021 public hearing and process is in response to a remand from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) in late 2020. For more specific information regarding this process, please see the code amendment background and links below.

Meeting materials, information, and links to testimony are available below. 

  • September 17, 2021: Ordinance No. 20659, passed by the City Council on 09/15/2021, which is now in effect. Note: The online city code may take some time to be updated, so please reference the above ordinance for the most up to date regulations for ADUs. 
  • September 15, 2021: City Council Work Session - Watch it here
    • Agenda Item Summary (AIS) - Available here
      • AIS Attachment A: Proposed Ordinance (passed 9/15)
      • AIS Attachment B: Motions to Amend the Ordinance (passed 9/15)
      • AIS Attachment C: Links to Record Materials
  • July 12, 2021: City Council Work Session  - Watch it here
    • Motions to Amend the Ordinance - Available  here.
    • Agenda Item Summary (AIS) - Available here
      • AIS Attachments: (A) Code Amendment History; (B) Links to Record Materials; (C) Memo: Building Height/Notice; (D) Memo: Discretion; (E) Memo: History of JWN; (F) Summary of Amendments; (G) Draft Ordinance; and (H) Option B Draft Ordinance.
  • May 17, 2021: City Council Public Hearing - Watch it here
    • Agenda Item Summary (AIS) - Available here 
      • AIS Attachments: (A) Process History; (B) Summary of Amendments - Updated;  (C) Draft Ordinance; (D) Links to Record Materials
  • May 12, 2021: City Council Work Session - Watch it here 
    • Agenda Item Summary (AIS) - Available here
      • AIS Attachments: (A)  Process History; (B) Summary of Amendments - Updated; (C) Draft Ordinance; (D) Annotated Draft Ordinance with Highlights for Substantive Changes*

Please visit the City Council webpage for the final version of the Agenda Packet for each event and more information about upcoming City Council meetings, available here.


The following proposed draft ordinance is intended to resolve the necessary changes to Eugene's land use code as directed on remand by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals to ensure compliance with ORS 197.312(5) for Accessory Dwellings. Below are two versions of the draft ordinance. The first version is a clean, non-highlighted version of the proposed draft ordinance that will be presented to City Council. The second version is a highlighted version of the proposed draft ordinance. This highlighted version of the draft ordinance is intended to be helpful by clearly identifying which amendments are substantive changes from the ordinance that Council adopted in January 2020. 

* The highlighted sections within this version of the draft ordinance are specific changes that City staff have made to the Council’s 01/21/20 ordinance to address the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remand and ensure compliance with state law. Any amendment included in the annotated draft ordinance that is not highlighted is either: (1) an amendment that was included in the City Council’s 01/21/20 ordinance; (2) a purely mechanical change necessitated by the highlighted text (e.g. renumbering); or (3) the addition of an operational clarification to assist a user. 

**The Option B  changes the approach to ADUs in the Jefferson Westside (S-JW) and Chambers (S-C) special area zones.  This alternative approach would apply the standards for ADUs that are proposed for the City’s university neighborhoods, starting at EC 9.2751(17)(c). This approach was based on treating ADUs in the S-JW and S-C special area zones similar to other portions of the City, which limits the bulk and scale of ADUs and applying ADU specific standards. The Option B draft includes highlighted text to clearly identify which amendments were made to the draft ordinance present to Council at the May 17, 2021 public hearing.


Public Testimony for 2021 Process

The following public testimony has been received regarding the 2021 process: 

Code Amendment Background

A detailed history of Eugene’s efforts to comply with ORS 197.312(5) pertaining to accessory dwellings is provided here: Process History

Staff Contact

If you have comments, questions, or would like more information about the ADU process, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner,

Commercial Setbacks Code Amendment (City File CA 20-5)

This City-initiated land use code amendment proposes to establish a minimum building setback for development on commercially zoned property with the goal to create vibrant walkable streetscapes in Eugene’s commercial areas. For context, the Eugene Zoning Map shows the location of commercially zoned properties in Eugene.

 As proposed, the land use code amendment would: 

  • Apply only to new buildings and linear expansion of existing buildings on commercially zoned property.
  • Require a minimum setback of 3 feet for property zoned C-3 Major Commercial, and 5 feet for property zoned C-2 Community Commercial. 
  • Add landscaping, and hardscaping or pedestrian amenity requirements for minimum setback areas of all commercially zoned properties.
  • Allow exceptions to the minimum setback for ground floor commercial uses when windows and taller ceilings are provided. Dimensions and window percentages are context specific, with more stringent requirements in the downtown area. 
  • Allow exceptions to the minimum setback for ground floor residential uses when residences are vertically separated, and enhanced pedestrian space is provided. Setback reduction allowance is context specific and differs between downtown and other areas. 
  • Allow for an adjustment review process when a proposal responds to the intent of the code and creatively meets or exceeds the development standards. 

The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed code amendments on July 19, 2021 at 5:30. The City Council is also tentatively scheduled to deliberate and potentially take action on the proposed amendments on July 26, 2021 at 7:30. See the City Council website for meeting materials and attendance instructions. 

If you have comments, questions, or would like more information about the Commercial Setbacks Code Amendment, please contact: Althea Sullivan, Senior Planner, 

Digital Sign Code Amendments (City File CA 20-2)

On October 12, 2020, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20642 amending the Eugene sign code regulations pertaining to digital signs. The goal of the land use code amendments was to modify existing sign code standards to allow and regulate digital billboards and digital readerboards. The  amendments focused on how best to allow conversion of existing billboards to new digital technology with specific standards for maximum size, message change intervals, brightness, location and separation. The amendments also include digital allowances for institutional uses and gas stations and minor changes to the existing sign code suggested by staff to add clarity. 

For more information, contact Mike McKerrow, Associate Planner, at 541-682-5288 or 

Expiration Extension for Approved Land Use Applications (City File CA 20-3)

On October 26th, 2020, the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 20643 to extend the expiration of Type II and Type III land use approvals for three years as an economic recovery tool in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to any Type II or Type III land use application that was effective before November 28th, 2020. Visit here for a full list of Type II and Type III applications.


For more information, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, 

Bicycle Parking

The City of Eugene is looking at updating the current bicycle parking standards. The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in Eugene’s land use code. For more information, contact Reed Dunbar at 541-682-5727 or

Recently Adopted Land Use Code Amendments

The online version of Eugene Code Chapter 9 contains all adopted land use code amendments through 2018. Access the online version of Chapter 9 here.

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Alissa Hansen

    Planning Director

    99 W. 10th Avenue

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5508