The Urban Reserves suitability analysis has been moving forward and there are several exciting updates to share! After identifying all the developable land in our study area (i.e. all the land where future homes and jobs could go), we embarked on a suitability analysis to determine which of that land makes sense for future urbanization.
Study Area Expansion
As staff went through the suitability analysis and removed land from consideration, it became clear that there was not enough ‘suitable’ land within the study area for a 30-year Urban Reserve. At the advice of our
technical advisory committee
, service providers, and the project management team, the study area was expanded farther west of Eugene near Fisher Road. About 900 acres of land have been added to the study area and are included in the suitability analysis. The next step is outreach to property owners in this newly-added area to let them know that that their land is being studied and make sure they have a chance to provide input. The study area
interactive web map
has been updated to include this new land, and more information on the study area expansion is available on the
Suitability Analysis Results
We have preliminary results from our suitability analysis to share! The criteria for this suitability analysis are based on state law and includes weighing the environmental, economic, energy and social consequences of potential urbanization. This is an iterative process and our results may change as we refine the analysis. Land that is moving forward for further consideration will not necessarily become Urban Reserves. The amount of ‘suitable’ land in the study area is slightly more than the amount of land needed for a 30-year Urban Reserve option, so land will continue to be removed from consideration as the analysis progresses. An overview of the suitability analysis and a map of the preliminary results are available on the
Project staff will meet with decision-makers this winter to update them on the project and get their direction. Staff will also hold a series of area-specific meetings for study area residents to come learn how Urban Reserves may impact their neighborhood specifically.