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Posted on: February 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Public Hearing on Eugene's Urban Growth Boundary

As Eugene moves toward adopting its own urban growth boundary (UGB), there will be several opportunities for community members to provide comments on the proposed boundary. On Tuesday, March 7, the City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions will hold a joint work session at 6:00 p.m. followed by a joint public hearing at 7:00 p.m. in Harris Hall, 125 E 8th Ave. Comments on the proposed UGB that will be considered by both Commissions. 

The work session will include a presentation about the UGB proposal followed by an open house where people will have the opportunity to ask staff questions before speaking at the hearing. The public hearing that follows offers members of the public the opportunity to provide verbal testimony to both Commissions. Written testimony can be provided by email, Envisioneugene@ci.eugene.or.us, or regular mail. At later meetings the Commissions will discuss and make a recommendation on UGB adoption. 

After six years of community input and technical analysis, the City of Eugene began the formal adoption process to create its own UGB earlier this year. 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.

Community information sessions were held throughout Eugene in January and February to provide community members with the opportunity to learn more about the proposed boundary and how to provide comments. 

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 later this year.

For more information on the details of the UGB proposal, adoption process or how to testify, visit www.EnvisionEugene.org

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