What do the priority categories in the Study Area mean?

To help protect farm and forest land (sometimes called “resource land”), state law has specific requirements about how to prioritize land to study for inclusion in Urban Reserves, similar to the analysis required for urban growth boundary expansion. Eugene’s first consideration for urban reserve analysis must be land that Lane County has identified as exception areas (or non-resource land). Exception areas are places outside of the urban growth boundary where Lane County allows residential, commercial, or industrial uses. In the Study Area, they mostly include rural residential land, but also include the airport, Lane Community College, and commercial uses north of 30th Ave. Many of these areas are already developed to some degree. If there is not enough exception land to accommodate the amount needed for Urban Reserves, the second consideration is land that Lane County has designated as marginal lands. Marginal lands are lands designated for non-resource use due to having marginal value for farm or forest production. The third consideration is agricultural or forest resource lands, with higher priority given to land of lower resource value.

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1. How was the Urban Reserves Study Area determined?
2. What is the Land Supply Model?
3. What types of land are considered ‘natural resource and natural hazard’ and ‘occupied’?
4. If land is categorized as ‘occupied,’ does that mean it is protected from future development?
5. What do the priority categories in the Study Area mean?
6. Did you consider things like existing road conditions and future traffic in your analysis?
7. What else was considered in the suitability analysis?
8. Return to Urban Reserves Web Page