Envision Eugene is our collective vision for how we will grow
while preserving what we love about our community.
Envision Eugene Newsletter
What's New with Envision Eugene?
September 30th, 2018
This Envision Eugene Newsletter provides updates on projects the Eugene Planning Division is working on to implement our community vision. We hope you'll find this information useful, reach out if you have questions, and join us on October 10th at our project fair if you want to have a conversation about our work (find out more below). As always, you can find more information on all of our work by visiting our website.
Do you have public meeting fatigue? Are there too many things competing for your time? Do you still want to be involved in making our community a great place to live?

Making it Happen is a one-stop-shop project fair sponsored by City of Eugene Planning Division to share information and encourage the community’s involvement in over ten planning projects currently underway.

Stop by the Downtown Library anytime between 4 and 7 pm on Wednesday, October 10, and learn about how the City is implementing Envision Eugene, our community’s collective vision.

Projects featured at Making It Happen include:

  • River Road & Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan
  • Urban Reserves Planning
  • Growth Monitoring Program
  • Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan
  • Clear & Objective Housing Approval Criteria Update
  • Housing Tools & Strategies
  • Neighborhood Planning Guidelines
  • MovingAhead
  • Clear Lake Development Strategy
  • Urban Design Showcase
  • Historic Preservation

Come after work or bring the family. There will be interactive activities, and project staff will be available to answer questions and provide additional information. Complete a Project Passport by visiting project booths, and be entered into a drawing to win great prizes!

For more information, go to https://www.eugene-or.gov/3920/Active-Projects or call 541-682-5461.

Event Details: Making it Happen! Planning Division Project Fair. Wednesday, October 10, drop in anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library, 100 W. 10 th Ave., 1 st Floor Bascom-Tykeson Room
Housing Tools and Strategies:
Working Group Holds First Meeting
A diverse group of stakeholders with broad perspectives in housing affordability, equity, development barriers, and community values has been assembled as a working group. They will have focused conversations about the barriers to housing affordability, diversity, and availability before they suggest, evaluate, and recommend possible strategies and tools to address the barriers. The working group’s efforts will be supported by economic analysis of existing and potential tools and strategies.

The working group has 34 participants who are listed on the project website. The first meeting had a good turn out with 30 of the working group participants in attendance. This meeting focused on identifying what the problems are and who they are impacting. Mayor Lucy Vinis attended the meeting and welcomed the working group volunteers.

The Housing Tools and Strategies working group will hold their next meetings at the Baker Downtown Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 4
  • Wednesday, November 14
  • Wednesday, November 28

The meetings are open to the public and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend and listen. After each meeting, a summary of the meeting discussion and an online form to submit questions and feedback will be posted on the project web page.

In May, City Council passed a motion to have staff implement this process. City Council is scheduled to discuss the recommended tools and strategies that emerge from this project at their December 10, 2018 work session.

Please see the web page for additional information, updates, and to submit feedback or questions or contact Anne at AFifield@eugene-or.gov with your questions.
Urban Reserves
Draft Study Area Announced
Urban Reserves planning is moving forward with its technical analysis, and we have developed a Draft Study Area that is available for public review. 

The Urban Reserves Draft Study Area was developed following state guidelines. In general, the study area extends one mile beyond Eugene’s current urban growth boundary (UGB). Land within the draft study area will be analyzed to see how suitable it is for potential urban development, and much of it will be removed from consideration early on. Property owners within the draft study area have been sent a postcard letting them know their property is included, and inviting them to learn more about the project and provide their input. 

Visit the project website for more information, including an interactive web map. Or attend the Project Fair on October 10th. Project staff will be there to share information and answer questions. You can always contact the project manager, Rebecca Gershow, at rgershow@eugene-or.gov with any questions.
Clear & Objective Update:
Now in Phase 2!
We held our first Working Group meeting on September 13, 2018. Thirty diverse community members attended, representing neighborhood associations, the development community, housing advocates and providers, and other community interest groups. After a presentation that covered background and context for the project, small groups broke into discussions about two of the topics covered by the project: Emergency Response and Process requirements for Site Reviews, Conditional Uses, and Planned Unit Developments. The working groups are helping generate and rate potential solutions to the Key Issues identified during Phase 1 of the project.

October will be a busy month with lots of opportunity for involvement. Working Group sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Monday, October 8, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Want to get involved? Contact project manager, Jenessa Dragovich, and sign up to receive project communications. Can’t make it to the meetings? Check out our project website! You’ll find information about the project and project resources, including meeting videos and online surveys—there are many ways to get involved! 
Upcoming Meetings
City Council and Planning Commission agendas and webcasts can be found at the following links.
Making it Happen!
Planning Division Project Fair
October 10th, 4 - 7 PM @ The Downtown Library
100 W. 10th Ave
1st Floor, Bascom-Tykeson Room
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