October 31, 2018
New Meeting Schedule for
the Policy-Writing Phase
At their October 18th meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made a slight course correction to the policy writing phase of the neighborhood planning process. They decided to hold more frequent CAC meetings in November in order to focus on each topic area one at a time. The meeting schedule is as follows. Working group members are welcome to attend.
Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Topic Area: Community
Tuesday, November 6, 6-8 pm
North Eugene High School Library

Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Topic Area: Economic Development
Tuesday, November 13, 6-8 pm
North Eugene High School Library

Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Topic Area: Transportation
Tuesday, November 20, 6-8 pm
North Eugene High School Library

Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Topic Area: Land Use
Tuesday, November 27, 6-8 pm
North Eugene High School Library
How is this different from what was planned?
Each meeting will be focused on one of the five topic areas rather than working on all of the topic areas at the same time in breakout groups.

Our meeting last Wednesday, October 24th was held with this new format and the CAC went through all the Parks and Natural Resources draft policies and revised them. Working group members were also able to contribute to the policy writing. In order to have a meeting dedicated to each of the five topic areas, we had to schedule some additional meetings this November.

The upcoming meetings are listed as Community Advisory Committee meetings, are they open to working group members?
Yes! These meetings are open to anyone who is interested. For example, if you wrote draft policies for a topic area, please come provide your input.

What will happen at these upcoming topic-specific meetings?
CAC members will go through each goal under that topic area and, as a group, they will revise the draft policies. CAC members will point out areas of overlap between the different topic areas. Technical Advisory Committee members will be on hand to provide expertise and guidance.

When will all working group members meet again?
At the beginning of December we will bring together all of the working group members, Technical Advisory Committee members, and Community Advisory Committee members. This meeting will be a chance to look over the complete set of draft goals and policies to make sure they reflect neighborhood priorities and aspirations, and to identify any remaining gaps.

Will this affect the project timeline?
When we mapped out the big milestones at the beginning of the project, we planned on having a well-vetted set of draft policies to present back to the larger community by the end of Fall 2018. Many of our CAC and working group members felt that this didn't feel like enough time to create a comprehensive set of policies. In response to this concern, we are allowing more time for the policy-writing phase and will aim to have a set of final draft goals and policies at the end of January 2019.
Volunteer opportunity: Help plan the next big community event
Fall is flying by, and it's time to start planning our next big community event! The next community event will be held in January, when we will have a set of draft goals and policies, along with some example actions to present back to the community. This event will also be a celebration of all the hard work that has gone into the neighborhood plan so far!

If you have a knack for event planning, are connected with a local organization, or just love talking to your neighbors, reach out and help shape this event! We need volunteers to both plan and publicize the event.
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.