How does House Bill 2001 impact River Road and Santa Clara?

House Bill (HB) 2001 is a law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 to increase housing choice and supply. The law requires large cities, including Eugene, to amend their land use regulations to allow more middle housing types like duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential areas where single-family homes are allowed, by June 30, 2022. The City’s Middle Housing Code Amendments project will implement HB 2001.

All residentially zoned areas within the city limits that currently allow single-family homes will be affected. In River Road and Santa Clara, this includes the R-1 Low Density Residential and R-2 Medium Density Residential zones that are currently within the city limits. Land that is outside of the city limits (not annexed) is not affected by HB 2001 but will be as property owners choose to annex.

The implications of HB 2001 were incorporated into the neighborhood planning process and as the Special Area Zone was developed. For more information, visit the project website at

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1. What is the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan?
2. Why are we developing a neighborhood plan for the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods?
3. What will the Neighborhood Plan do?
4. Where will the Neighborhood Plan apply?
5. Why is River Road a key transit corridor? How does this relate to Envision Eugene?
6. How does the Neighborhood Plan relate to MovingAhead?
7. What is the Action Plan? How will it be implemented?
8. What is the River Road Corridor Study? How does it connect to the Neighborhood Plan?
9. What is the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone? Where will it apply?
10. What changes might affect the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods outside of the Special Area Zone?
11. How does House Bill 2001 impact River Road and Santa Clara?
12. How quickly might changes start to happen?
13. How do the proposed zone changes impact your property?
14. Will the Neighborhood Plan impact annexation?
15. How will the Neighborhood Plan impact traffic? What transportation improvements are planned?
16. How will the Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking impact parking requirements?
17. What parks are planned in River Road-Santa Clara?
18. Who maintains the riverfront? How can I submit a maintenance request or report illegal activity?
19. What current regulations guide development along the Willamette River? What about other local waterways and natural resources?
20. What changes are being proposed in the Citywide Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments?
21. What’s different about the proposed Willamette River Greenway Overlay in the draft River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone?
22. Do River Road and Santa Clara residents have access to a library?