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Posted on: January 11, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Community Information Sessions on Eugene’s Proposed Urban Growth Boundary Begin this Month

As Eugene moves toward adopting its own urban growth boundary (UGB), there will be a number of opportunities for community members to learn more about the proposed boundary and how to provide comments. Beginning in mid-January, Planning Division staff will host a series of six community information sessions throughout the city on the proposed UGB, the adoption process, and how people can provide comments. Each session will include a short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions and speak to staff. All of the meetings will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30. Sessions will be held:

Jan 19th      South Eugene High School Library, 400 East 19th Avenue

Jan 26th      Sheldon High School Library, 2455 Willakenzie Road

Jan 31st       North Eugene High School Library, 200 Silver Lane

Feb 2nd        Churchill High School Library, 1850 Bailey Hill Road

Feb 7th        Downtown Eugene Public Library, Bascom Room 100 W. 10th Avenue

Feb 9th        Willamette High School Library, 1801 Echo Hollow Road

After six years of community input and technical analysis, the City of Eugene is beginning the formal adoption process to create its own UGB. A UGB defines the area in which urban development can occur and must provide a city with enough land for the next 20 years of new housing, jobs, parks and schools while protecting our local farms and forests. Finalizing the boundary fulfills a state mandate to create a separate UGB from Springfield and is a crucial step in implementing the vision outlined in Envision Eugene, the community’s collective plan for how Eugene will grow over the next several decades.

The City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions will also have work sessions in January and February to review the proposed UGB, supporting materials and the adoption process. These work sessions are an opportunity for the Commissioners as well as the public to get familiar with the UGB adoption materials and process. Following these work sessions, the City and County Planning Commissions will hold a joint work session followed by a joint public hearing on March 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in Harris Hall, 125 E 8th Ave. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comment at the hearing that will be considered by both Commissions. After the hearing, both commissions will deliberate and make a recommendation to their respective elected bodies. 

Once the Planning Commissions have provided a recommendation, the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners will also hold a series of work sessions followed by a public hearing in the spring.

For more information on the proposal, adoption process and community information sessions, visit www.EnvisionEugene.org

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