Growth Monitoring Program     

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Overview 

What is Growth Monitoring?

The City of Eugene is developing a system to efficiently collect growth-related information like population and jobs growth, the amount of housing being built, and the status of the city's adopted undeveloped land supply since it was inventoried in 2012. Knowing how fast Eugene is growing and the rate of development will help determine if additional strategies are needed to grow more compact (e.g., development incentives or increased density) or to grow the land supply by expanding Eugene's urban growth boundary. The goal is to have growth-related data that is complete and relevant to the community’s future needs such as those identified in the 2012 Envision Eugene Recommendation. Regularly assessing the effectiveness of growth management strategies and identifying growth trends enables the City to be in a better position to address changing needs or unforeseen circumstances. Policies establishing the growth monitoring program were adopted in the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (see the Administration and Implementation chapter) along with the urban growth boundary in 2017.


What's the status of the Growth Monitoring Program now?

Over the past several years, the primary focus for City staff has been working to collect and verify growth and development data since 2012, the beginning of our monitoring period. This included developing and testing the software to compute, display, and analyze the data, as well as developing charts and graphics for reporting and review by the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC). The EETAC has been meeting regularly since 2018, providing feedback to staff on monitoring data and most recently on drafts of the monitoring report. 


The first Comprehensive Growth Monitoring Report 2012-2021 pulls all of the monitoring metrics together, including information on U.S. Census data, population and employment growth, building permits, and the methodology for updating our inventory of buildable lands. EETAC reviewed drafts of the monitoring report over five meetings concluding in February 2022. The draft report was then presented to Planning Commission at their April 12, 2022 work session and the report was presented to and accepted by City Council at their June 8, 2022 work session. 


Click on Read the Report below for links to the report and appendices. Click on the questions below to view monitoring charts and discussion, which are excerpts from the report on specific topic areas. Given the infancy of the program, data is subject to change.

  1. Read the report
  2. Who lives here?
  3. How affordable is our community?
  4. How fast are we growing?
  5. How fast are our jobs growing?
  6. What types of housing development have we seen?
  7. What types of employment Development Have we seen?
  8. How much land has been developed?

Comprehensive Growth Monitoring Report 2012-2021

The full report and appendices are organized to provide different layers of detail depending on the reader's interest. The report document includes an executive summary and topic specific snapshot summaries of the data gathered, while the appendices document goes into deeper detail with more data and data sources. 


The Growth Monitoring Comprehensive Report 2012-2021 was presented to and accepted by City Council at their June 8, 2022 work session. This May 25, 2022 version of the Comprehensive Report includes minor adjustments to data and formatting since EETAC and Planning Commission review. 


View and download PDF versions of the draft report:2021ReportAppendicesCoverImage2021ReportCoverImage

May 25, 2022 City Council Version

Report with Appendices

Report (without Appendices) 

Appendices 

What's Happening Now vs. Later


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Later

For 2022-2023, other work includes developing the first annual monitoring report (for the reporting year 2022), developing an on-line data dashboard for community access to key monitoring information, and additional chart development. Following that, additional work includes identifying metrics for "qualitative" data that is more subjective in nature and related to the experience of Eugene's residents as the community develops. 

Reporting Schedule

  • Yearly- Beginning after review of the first comprehensive monitoring report in 2022, the program will begin annual reporting of key data likely in the spring of each year for data from the previous year. 
  • Every 5 years- Comprehensive reports will occur thereafter every five years or as needed.
  1. Who is Involved
  2. Foundational Documents
  3. Related Projects

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City Staff are working with city partners and the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC). These groups are comprised of technical experts, community members, and representatives from City Boards and Commissions. The EETAC was appointed by the City Manager and began meeting in October 2018. The group represents a range of voices in the community and will provide feedback to staff on technical-related issues. The foundational ideas behind the program were developed in conjunction with the Technical Resource Group (TRG) in 2015. The monitoring reports will also be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.

Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

Unless otherwise listed, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee meetings are generally held on the first or third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 pm. See the EETAC website for meeting information.


Past Public Meetings

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Heather O'Donnell

    Senior Planner

    99 W. 10th Avenue

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5488


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