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.