On Monday, July 17th, after seven years of community involvement and technical analysis, the Eugene City Council voted to adopt a new urban growth boundary (UGB) for Eugene. Taking action on 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 UGB proposal still needs to be approved by the Lane County Board of Commissioners before it is sent to the State for acknowledgment. The Board will meet to discuss the proposal and potentially vote at their August 8th meeting.
State law requires UGBs to accommodate 20 years of growth, and Eugene is forecasted to add 34,000 people and 37,000 jobs by 2032. The new UGB adds land for 3,000 jobs in the Bethel area, two community parks, and a future school.
“Adopting Eugene’s own urban growth boundary sets us on a clear path toward implementing our community vision,” says Mayor Lucy Vinis.
The approval of the UGB is an important milestone in the Envision Eugene process which is focused on managing growth in a way that protects and enhances the community’s quality of life and reflects our shared values as Eugeneans. Once adopted, city planning staff will continue working on Envision Eugene projects that are important to the community. These projects include establishing a growth monitoring program, addressing Eugene’s needed housing standards, and urban reserve planning (planning for up to fifty years of growth).
For more information on the proposal and the process leading up to it, visit www.EnvisionEugene.org.