Growth Monitoring Program

Growth Monitoring staff at Planning Project Fair

What is the latest on the Growth Monitoring Program?

Technical Resource Group committee members

Technical Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting


The inaugural group of the EETAC has been appointed by the City Manager and held their first meeting on October 3, 2018. Materials and upcoming meeting dates are always available on the EETAC page, and meetings are open to the public.

Growth Monitoring Project Fair

Growth Monitoring Presented at Project Fair

Thank you to everyone who came to the Planning Division Project Fair on October 10, 2018. Attendees learned about Growth Monitoring, asked staff questions, and took their best guess at how Eugene is growing in a fun activity.

Overview

This page covers some of the big picture questions about how assumptions and trends will be monitored and updated. For more details, see the More on Growth Monitoring sidebar.
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Timeline from Planning Commission Presentation 5.21.18
Technical Advisory Committee
The Envision Eugene Technical Advisory (EETAC) has recently been appointed by the City Manager and began meeting in October 2018. The scope of the EETAC will include City-wide growth management initiatives, starting with urban reserves. The group represents a range of voices in the community and will provide feedback to staff on technical-related issues. For more information, see the EETAC

Other opportunities for involvement may come up through outreach, public meetings, and regular presentations of the monitoring results.

Other Project Updates
Policies establishing the growth monitoring program were adopted in the new Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (see the Administration and Implementation chapter) in 2017.

Development of a growth monitoring plan and system is currently underway, including:
  • What data to collect, how and when 
  • Key questions to be answered 
  • How to evaluate the information and make it available to the community 
  • General organizational structure of the program 
The main focus at this time is developing the system (databases, forms) that will collect the data and produce reports. Future work includes developing an annual monitoring report, an on-line system for reviewing monitoring information, and metrics for "qualitative" data that is more subjective in nature and related to the experience of our residents.

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How will the Growth Monitoring Program work?

The Growth Monitoring Program will track both numerical data and more quality-based assessments to provide a well rounded program. Once the program is established, a citizen technical advisory committee (TAC) will provide input on the operations and evaluation of the program.

Key goals of the program are:
  • To have growth-related data that is complete and relevant to future needs 
  • To efficiently collect the growth-related data 
  • To provide growth-related information to the community 
  • To regularly assess current status of the City’s land supply 
  • To regularly assess the effectiveness of land use efficiency strategies  
  • To identify growth planning trends 
  • To regularly assess and adjust the program in response to changing needs 

What are the benefits of the Growth Monitoring Program?
  • Increased reliability and on-going tracking of the buildable lands supply status 
  • Reduced city costs of future growth planning efforts 
  • Increased public trust in the growth planning process 
  • The community is in a better position to respond to changing conditions 
  • Better collaboration with regional partners, creating a more complete picture about regional trends 
The program specifics, including a DRAFT Growth Monitoring Program framework, were initially developed in coordination with city partners, other agency staff and the Technical Resource Group. The Envision Eugene Action Plan will include substantial detail regarding how this program will function. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft Action Plan (monitoring program starts on agenda package page 131) at their October 19, 2015 work session.

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How does the Growth Monitoring Program relate to adopting our UGB?

The Urban Growth Boundary Adoption Package is the collection of legally required documents to formally set (adopt) the UGB. It is one of the most substantial implementation projects of Envision Eugene to date.

Because the Growth Monitoring Program is not required by the state, it is not directly addressed in the UGB Adoption Package beyond comprehensive plan policies (see Administration and Implementation chapter).

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How does the Growth Monitoring Program relate to Envision Eugene: Vision to Action?

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 Growth Monitoring Program is a substantial element of the Action Plan, although the Community Vision and Comprehensive Plan also address it.

The Community Vision 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.

The Urban Form Plan 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.

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