July 11, 2020
Community Advisory Committee Meetings, Transportation Projects,
and Urban Reserves Update 
Join the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings virtually!
After not meeting since February, the CAC met on June 16 th via Zoom and will continue to meet virtually each month. At the June meeting, the CAC discussed next steps for the Action Plan , which includes identifying community priorities and developing a strategy for ongoing implementation of the neighborhood plan.

The Action Plan discussion will continue at the next CAC meeting on Tuesday, July 21 st   at 6:00pm. The public is available to join by phone or online to watch, listen or provide public comment at the beginning of the meeting.

To learn more about the CAC and how to join upcoming meetings, visit the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan Get Involved webpage.

For questions about the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan, contact project manager   Chelsea Hartman   at 541-682-5686.
Metropolitan Policy Committee Approves Funding for Four Transportation Projects in the River Road-Santa Clara Area

Earlier this spring, the City of Eugene applied for transportation funds distributed by the Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to fund multiple projects across the city. Four of the projects are located in River Road or Santa Clara and reflect draft goals and actions proposed as part of the neighborhood plan.

On Thursday, the MPO’s Metropolitan Policy Committee approved funding for Federal Fiscal Years 2022-2024, including full funding for the four projects in the River Road-Santa Clara area :

  • Division Avenue Roundabouts
  • To address a history of recent crashes on Division Avenue, this project will use temporary construction materials build a series of three roundabouts between River Road and Lone Oak Avenue. Other elements of the project include safer pedestrian crossings and separated bike lanes.
  • Hunsaker Lane Complete Street Improvements: River Road to Taito
  • Reconstruct Hunsaker as a complete street from River Road to Taito Street. The project will include sidewalks, buffered bike lanes and stormwater facilities.
  • West Bank Path Extension: Echo to Admiral
  • This project will extend the West Bank Path from Beaver Street north to Admiral Street with sidewalk infill and neighborhood greenway improvements on Admiral north to Wilkes Drive. Before this project is built, Lane County will construct an extension of the West Bank Path along Beaver Street from Division Avenue to Taito Street.
  • Vision Zero Intersection Study (several intersections in River Road-Santa Clara) 
  • Analysis of high-crash intersections - in-depth examination of existing transportation safety conditions, identify design improvements to alleviate traffic hazards.

Thank you to all the community members who submitted public comment in support of these projects and funding proposals to increase transportation safety for those who live, play, work, and shop in the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods.

If you have any questions about these transportation projects, contact Transportation Planning Manager Rob Inerfeld at 541-682-5343.
Urban Reserves Options: Virtual Open House & Survey
Urban Reserves is another long-range planning project that includes areas within Santa Clara. With the help of many stakeholders, we have completed the project’s technical and suitability analysis and have developed a range of Urban Reserve Options for review . We will take these options—with the input we receive—to City and County decision-makers later this summer and fall for their direction, with a goal of adoption by next spring.

The state gives communities flexibility when selecting the size of an Urban Reserve – we can designate enough land to meet the needs of between 10 and 30-years of population growth (from 2032 up to 2062). We have developed four Urban Reserves options that range in size and we want to hear from you!

To review our four Urban Reserves Options, read through our Online Options Story Map . It gives project background, explains the high level pros and cons of each option, and is interactive. After you visit the Options Story Map, check out our Engage Eugene page ; it includes our online survey, project materials, and a link to sign up for virtual office hours with project staff.
Take the survey by July 26 th to s hare your thoughts and be entered into a drawing for a $100 grocery gift card.

If you have any questions about the Urban Reserves project, visit the Urban Reserves webpage or contact project manager Rebecca Gershow at 541-682-8816.