No. The final decision-making power rests with the Eugene City Council. The Council has not yet begun its process for South Willamette, which is tentatively scheduled to begin with a work session on October 21, 2015 and a public hearing on November 9, 2015. For now, the public record is open, and any testimony submitted now will be considered by the Council in their deliberations. For more information see the City Public Participation website.
The Council will have the benefit of a recommendation from the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is appointed by the Council to help plan for growth and development within the city. The Planning Commission developed the proposed Special Area Zone code between 2013 and 2015 as a means of implementing the community vision expressed in the South Willamette Concept Plan. The Planning Commission process involved 18 public sessions, with input from community members and city staff support. The resulting draft code was unanimously recommended to City Council. However, the City Council has no obligation to accept any or all of the Planning Commission recommendation.