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 9, 2016
A key component of Envision Eugene is ensuring we have enough land within our urban growth boundary (UGB) for 20 years of population and employment growth. This includes expanding the UGB where necessary. In doing this, we are aiming for a balance among the seven pillars of Envision Eugene, including economic opportunities, natural resource protection and livability. This newsletter includes information about Eugene's economy, the proposed Clear Lake and Santa Clara expansion areas and details on upcoming events where you can talk with the Envision Eugene Team. As always you can visit our website for the latest information.
Economic Opportunities
With a median household income that is lower than state and national averages and elevated rates of poverty, one of the community values that guides Envision Eugene is supporting economic opportunities for all Eugeneans.

This includes focusing on our traditional strengths in construction, health care, wood products, and transportation manufacturing, while at the same time looking to emerging opportunities in clean tech, renewable energy and the food and beverage industry. All of these industries require land to conduct operations, including large sites with access to freight routes. These requirements have limited some opportunities for our existing businesses to grow and for new jobs to come to our community.

Learn more about the state of Eugene's economy and the opportunities we are creating by clicking on this infographic and by visiting our website.

Expansion Areas

As part of Envision Eugene, the City is proposing to expand the UGB for about 3,000 jobs, a community park and a school in the Clear Lake Road area near the Eugene Airport.  The expansion would add a total of 924 acres, including the 222 acre Golden Gardens community park and a 54 acre school site. Additionally, 35 acres of land are proposed to be added to the UGB for a community park in Santa Clara. Learn more about the expansions by watching the video above or visiting the expansion pages on our website.

The community’s best outcome for development in the Clear Lake Road area is to create an employment center that is economically productive while being developed and operated in an environmentally responsible way. To that end, City Council directed Planning staff to address potential environmental and health concerns in this area, which is already home to many industrial uses.

The result is a proposed new zoning tool, the Clear Lake Overlay Zone (September 2016), which has two major focuses:

  1. Preservation of the large lots in the expansion area; and 
  2. Prohibition of certain uses and new performance standards to improve compatibility and environmental health

Additional work beyond the proposed overlay zone must be pursued so that development in the Clear Lake Road area meets the community’s expectations for increased employment opportunities, public healthand wetland restoration.   

Community Outreach
Take Our Questionnaires
In addition to the multi-family options questionnaire and the comprehensive plan questionnaire, this week we released a questionnaire about the proposed expansions of the urban growth boundary. Tell us what you think!

Community Events
All summer long the Envision Eugene Team has been attending community events across Eugene. We've been at Party in the Parks, Sunday Streets, neighborhood picnics, and the First Friday Art Walks. We have been talking to residents about their neighborhoods, what they love, what's missing and how Envision Eugene seeks to improve quality of life for all residents of Eugene.

We only have two summer outreach events left before the end of September. Come drop by the Envision Eugene tent, say "hello," and learn more about the next steps in adopting our urban growth boundary and comprehensive plan.

Upcoming Community Events:
September 10, 11 am - 3 pm, South East Neighbors Picnic (Tugman Park)
September 25, noon – 4 pm, Sunday Streets (South University Neighborhood)

Drop-in Sessions and Open House
In addition to our summer outreach, we will be hosting sessions where folks can take a closer look at topics related to adopting our UGB, including the multi-family housing options, the areas proposed for expanding the UGB, and new comprehensive plan policies to guide growth in Eugene. Come see us at one of the following events.

Envision Eugene Drop-in Session
Tuesday, September 13, 4-6 pm
Atrium Building Lobby
99 W. 10th Avenue, Downtown

Bethel/Clear Lake Open House
Thursday, September 15, 4:30-6:30 pm
Clear Lake Elementary Cafeteria
4646 Barger Drive

Envision Eugene Drop-in Session
Wednesday, September 21, 4-6 pm
Atrium Building Lobby
99 W. 10th Avenue, Downtown

All of the materials that will be presented at the open house and drop in sessions are available on our website. Visit www.envisioneugene.org!

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City of Eugene Planning & Development Department
99 W. 10th Avenue | Eugene | OR | 97401