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Envision Eugene Newsletter
What's New with Envision Eugene?
September 26, 2017
This newsletter provides an update on the status of Eugene's new urban growth boundary (UGB).We have also included information about another Envision Eugene project that is moving forward now that the UGB is adopted. You can find more information about Envision Eugene and our implementation projects on our website.
UGB Status Update
This past summer the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners adopted the proposed UGB for jobs, parks, schools and homes, a significant step toward implementing our community vision. The next step is to obtain state "acknowledgement" of the UGB from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

For those of you who have been following this process closely, you will remember that the UGB was adopted through two ordinances. One for jobs, parks, and schools, and a second for housing. Following action by both elected bodies, members of the public had thirty days to file objections to the proposal.

No formal objections were filed against the jobs, parks, and schools ordinance and DLCD has begun its review. It may affirm, reverse, or remand the ordinance back to the City for additional process and consideration. DLCD will render an acknowledgement decision on that part of the UGB package by mid-January.

With respect to the ordinance establishing the sufficiency of our UGB for housing, the Homebuilders Association of Lane County (HBA) has filed an appeal with the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). LUBA may affirm, reverse, or remand the ordinance back to the City for additional process and consideration. Briefing will take place at LUBA over the next few months, with oral arguments expected in December or January. A decision from LUBA is anticipated in early 2018.

DLCD will not complete the acknowledgement of Eugene’s new UGB unless/until LUBA issues a decision that supports the City and County actions with respect to every issue raised by the HBA, however the UGB as adopted by City Council and the County Board of Commissioners is in effect in the interim.
River Road - Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan
With the UGB adopted by our local representatives and formal acknowledgement pending with the State, we are ready to kick off the neighborhood planning process in River Road and Santa Clara.

The River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations, in collaboration with neighbors, businesses, the City of Eugene and Lane County, are creating a vision that will guide decision-making in River Road and Santa Clara for decades to come. The plan will focus on four major topics:

  • Land Use Planning: What activities, like housing, shops or parks, do we want where? How will the neighborhood feel and look?
  • Economic Development: How will good jobs and services be supported?
  • Parks and Natural Resources: What do we want to happen with outdoor spaces?
  • Transportation: How will we get around?

The outcome of our work together will be a Neighborhood Plan adopted by the City of Eugene and Lane County to guide the future growth and development of the River Road and Santa Clara areas.

Neighborhood Plan
Community Event #1: Reaching Out

October 17, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
North Eugene High School Cafeteria
200 Silver Lane in River Road

Community members, including businesses and neighbors who care about the future of River Road and Santa Clara are encouraged to attend! Light dinner and activities for children provided.
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