As Eugene moves toward adopting its own urban growth boundary (UGB), there will be opportunities for community members to learn more about the proposed boundary, the updated adoption package and how to provide comments. On June 15, a drop-in information session will be held from 4:00 -6:00 pm in the Atrium Lobby at 99 West 10th Avenue. This is opportunity to ask staff questions about the UGB adoption package, the adoption process, and how to comment on the proposal. In addition, the Envision Eugene website, www.EnvisionEugene.org, provides information on the full UGB adoption package proposal as well as specific topic area information.
The Eugene City Council is scheduled to receive an overview of Version Two of the UGB Adoption Package at their June 12 work session at 5:30 PM in Harris Hall, 125 E 8th Avenue. The Lane County Board of County Commissions will also hold a work session on the package on June 13 in Harris Hall (time to be determined). A joint work session and public hearing with the Council and Board of Commissioners is scheduled for June 27 at 6:30 PM with a joint work session beforehand at 5:30 PM. Information stations and staff will be available starting at 5:00 that evening. Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comment at the hearing that will be considered by both bodies. After the hearing, at separate meetings, the elected officials will hold their own deliberations before making a decision on the UGB adoption package.
Version Two of the UGB Adoption Package reflects the recommendations of the City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions, modifications based on public testimony to the Commissions, Planning Commissioner suggestions, and staff edits for clarity and accuracy. The full adoption package for both the City and County can be viewed in the document center on the Envision Eugene website, www.EnvisionEugene.org. In order to help community members access the information they are looking for, the lengthy UGB adoption package has also been broken down by topic and specific document on the Adopting Our UGB page of the website. A 2-page UGB proposal summary is available on-line here.
After six years of community input and technical analysis, the City of Eugene is now in 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.
For more information on the proposal, adoption process and the community information session, visit www.EnvisionEugene.org.