How were the Urban Reserves Options developed?

The state gives communities flexibility when deciding on the size of Urban Reserves--we can designate enough land to meet the needs of between 10- and 30-years of population growth, from 2032. First, the Urban Reserves technical analysis gave us the critical information needed for establishing the Urban Reserves study area and calculating our land need. After completing the technical analysis, we conducted the suitability analysis to evaluate all land in the study area, then dismissed land that, on balance, would be unsuitable for Urban Reserves, according to the state guidelines. Using the technical and suitability analyses we began by identifying the best Urban Reserve option to meet a 30-year land need, then evaluated a range of other scenarios of varying sizes. There were several other options explored that were not moved forward, due primarily to physical constraints and land patterns that would negatively impact future serviceability. Preliminary options were refined, with the help of the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee, that reflect the largest possible Urban Reserve size (30-year), the smallest possible Urban Reserve size (10-year) and two options that protect our highest-class soils.

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1. How has the public been involved in the decision-making?
2. How do the proposed urban reserves differ from the 27-year option?
3. Does the Urban Reserves analysis assume that Eugene will continue to grow in the same way? What if Eugene grows more densely?
4. How were the Urban Reserves Options developed?
5. How do Urban Reserves protect high value soils?
6. Which Urban Reserve Option was chosen?
7. Once the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners have adopted Urban Reserves, can it be changed in the future?
8. Return to Urban Reserves Web Page