Growth Monitoring Program     

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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 reports linked below. 


There are two types of growth monitoring reports which are intended to provide monitoring snapshots that compare current data to adopted assumptions. A comprehensive report is required every five years and includes more data, trend information, comparisons to other cities, analysis, and detailed data appendices. An annual report is intended to keep tabs on the key data needed for urban growth boundary planning (such as if a new population forecast has been issued for Eugene), look for potential trends of concern, and keep data collection up to date for the next comprehensive report. 

2022 Annual Report (New!)

The first Annual Report 2012-2022  includes updates to key data for monitoring Eugene's growth and preparing for urban growth boundary planning.  The attachment, Annual Report Updated Data Details - 2022, includes more in-depth information about the key data reported in the 2022 Annual Report. For more comprehensive (but older) data, read the Comprehensive Growth Monitoring Report 2012-2021 below. 

  1. Read the 2022 Annual Report

View and download PDF versions of the 2022 Annual Report:

2022 Annual Report  Annual Report Cover

Annual Report Updated Data Details - 2022

Comprehensive Growth Monitoring Report 2012-2021

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. For more comprehensive data, not just key data presented in the annual report, click to read the Comprehensive Report below. The questions and related charts below include excerpts from the Comprehensive Report, for more recent key data see the Annual Report above. 

  1. Read the Comprehensive 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?

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. 


View and download PDF versions of the Comprehensive 

Report:2021 Comprehensive Report Appendices Cover Image                                                                        2021 Comprehensive Report Cover Image

Report with Appendices

Report (without Appendices) 


What's Happening Now vs. Later



After publishing the Comprehensive Report, subsequent work has included revising databases and charts to reflect the recently adopted middle housing terminology and developing the first annual monitoring report (for the reporting year 2022). Work will continue on developing an on-line data dashboard for community access to key monitoring information, as well as 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

EETAC members at a meeting

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