Growth Monitoring Program
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.
- Read the report
- Who lives here?
- How affordable is our community?
- How fast are we growing?
- How fast are our jobs growing?
- What types of housing development have we seen?
- What types of employment Development Have we seen?
- 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:
May 25, 2022 City Council Version
Who Lives here?
(from Comprehensive Report 2012-2021) related to characteristics of our community like the size of households, renting and owning, and demographics.
See also: Population & Affordability Infographic.
What types of employment development have we seen?
Charts (from Comprehensive Report 2012-2021) related to employment development, such as how many employment permits there have been by employment category and how efficiency measures have been used for employment development.
See also: Employment Development Infographic.
How much land has been developed?
Charts (from Comprehensive Report 2012-2021) that show the estimated land developed since the adopted 2012-2032 buildable land inventory (BLI), from both new housing and new employment related development permits.
- Charts of land developed for new housing permits
- See also: Housing Land Supply Infographic.
- Charts of land developed for new employment related development permits
- See also: Employment Land Supply Infographic.
- Chart summarizing total land developed/impacted from permits and land use applications
The buildable lands inventory "land model" was also rerun to provide a snapshot of what the land inventory would like like today (as of January 2021).
- Charts and methodology discussion for 2021 BLI monitoring snapshot and 2021 BLI web map. Note the 2021 BLI is for monitoring purposes only and is not intended for adoption.
- See EETAC meetings starting in fall 2020 through 2021 for buildable lands inventory methodology discussion.
Check out our Recent Development Web Map that displays the development potential of lots, as determined by the 2012-2032 Buildable Lands Inventory, overlaid with new addresses since the BLI was run as a proxy for new building permits.
What's Happening Now vs. 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.
- 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.
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.
- This work in document was updated in March 2021 and includes the key high level questions and data to be collected through the program. This document will be updated over time as the program adapts to changing trends and needs. The program also collects other data.
- : Includes program specifics such as goals, partners, key data, collection, reporting, and program evaluation (Attachment A to October 15, 2015 Planning Commission agenda packet).
- Buildable Lands Inventory: Adopted in 2017 as part of the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan, this is the City’s adopted 2012-2032 inventory of land supply. As part of the monitoring program the BLI will be updated in 2020 to see how quickly our land has been developing.
Middle Housing: The Middle Housing Code Amendments project implements House Bill 2001, legislation that requires large cities in Oregon, including Eugene, to allow middle housing (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses, and cottage clusters) to be built in all neighborhoods. This legislation is intended to increase our housing supply and allow for more housing types of all shapes and sizes in more places. Future growth monitoring reports will track how many of Eugene's new dwellings are middle housing types, measuring the success of these code amends.
Urban Reserves: Is an ongoing project to identify potentially developable lands outside of the urban growth boundary (UGB) to accommodate and plan for up to 30 additional years of population growth beyond what the UGB is planned to accommodate. Future growth monitoring reports will help inform how quickly Eugene will need to expand its UGB into urban reserve areas.
Envision Eugene: Is Eugene's Comprehensive Plan that expanded the UGB in 2017 and forecasts how Eugene will grow over the next 20 years (2012-2032). Envision Eugene: Vision to Action is the set of four documents that present the outcome of the Envision Eugene process and complementary ways to make the community vision a reality:
- The explores the history, the values, and the goals that inform how Eugene should grow. The seventh pillar lays a strong mandate for the Growth Monitoring Program.
- The Comprehensive Plan is the state-mandated land use policy plan for the City of Eugene. Policies in the Administration and Implementation chapter of this document establish core elements of the Growth Monitoring Program. An appendix to the Comprehensive Plan is the Buildable Lands Inventory, the City’s adopted 2012-2032 inventory of land supply.
- The presents both local context and best practices to guide and inform the built environment in Eugene. The plan itself does not address the Growth Monitoring Program specifically. However the program will include means to evaluate whether development is achieving Envision Eugene’s quality of life or livability goals and outcomes, some of which are directly influenced by the guidelines in the Community Design Handbook, such as creating walkable neighborhoods and a beautiful downtown and key corridors.
- The Action Plan lays out specific steps to achieve the goals of Envision Eugene. The Growth Monitoring Program, as an ongoing program to support all actions taken, is presented in detail within the Action Plan. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft Action Plan (monitoring program starts on agenda package page 131) at their October 19, 2015 work session.
The Envision Eugene technical resource group met from 2011-2016 to vet the data and assumptions used in adoption of the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan’s technical appendices including the City’s Employment and Residential Land Supply Studies for 2012-2032 and their associated Buildable Lands Inventories. The monitoring program is an outgrowth of those efforts and will track and report on many of these assumptions.
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
- Eugene City Council, June 8, 2022. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, April 12, 2022. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Eugene City Council, April 14, 2021. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, October 26, 2020. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Planning Division Project Fair, June 5, 2019. (Event Flyer)
- Eugene Planning Commission, May 21, 2018. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Planning Division Project Fair, October 10, 2018. (Event Flyer)
- Eugene Planning Commission, October 19, 2015, (Agenda (Action Plan pg.97) and Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, June 22, 2015. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, June 9, 2014. (Agenda and Webcast)
- Eugene Planning Commission, January 14, 2013. (Agenda and Webcast)