Public involvement has been a critical component in getting us to an agreed-upon Urban Reserve area. There have been five large in-person meetings and a virtual, month-long open house that have been promoted to study area residents and the general public in a variety of ways. The first two Urban Reserves outreach events were held in October 2018 and May 2019 at the Downtown Library. Postcards were mailed to all property owners within the study area (other than Fisher Road). In November 2019, property owners within the Fisher Road expansion area were notified that their land was being considered for Urban Reserves. Then, in December 2019, all property owners whose land was still in an area being considered for urban reserves were notified by postcard and invited to three different Open House events. In June and July 2020, property owners were notified of the virtual open house hosted on Engage Eugene throughout July 2020.
In August 2018, the City Manager appointed 13 community volunteers to serve on the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC). The EETAC has been guiding Urban Reserves Planning by reviewing technical information that will be used to inform policy decisions, providing feedback to staff on technical-related issues, and reviewing assumptions and analysis related to long-term growth management-related efforts. You can keep up to date on their work at the EETAC project webpage, which includes the member roster and meeting materials.
Additionally, information is kept up to date on the City of Eugene Urban Reserves webpage and Urban Reserves Engage Eugene project page, and project updates are sent monthly in the EUG Planning Newsletter. We encourage anyone interested in getting regular project updates to sign up for the Urban Reserves Interested Parties list.