The Agency Board voted to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan on June 12, 2023. Staff is now working on developing implementation work plans for each of the elements included in the Plan amendment.
In addition to the Urban Renewal amendment, several City departments have been working to address the downtown priorities identified through public outreach in the fall of 2022:
- The City biennial budget includes funding for increased cleaning and beautification and a rapid response team.
- Cultural Services continues to support downtown programming, including launching the Farmers Market Pavilion as a venue for community events, in addition to hosting the Lane County Farmers Market year-round.
- Eugene Police have rolled out a new team of volunteers to provide a safety presence downtown. The team will patrol downtown on foot, educate people about our downtown rules, de-escalate situations, and report violations and unsafe behaviors to Police.
- The City recently hired an Incident Commander focused on downtown cleanliness and safety. This position will focus on the development of resources to quickly respond to safety and cleanliness concerns as they arise.
- Community Development is working with Downtown Eugene Incorporated to bolster their efforts to support a clean and safe downtown.
In addition, the City completed its purchase of the former EWEB headquarters building in order to establish a new City Hall. Visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/2919/City-Hall for up to date information on the transition planning process.