Growth Monitoring Program
Establishing a robust Growth Monitoring Program is intended to:
- Provide more accurate data that is accessible to the community and decision makers so we can periodically assess our assumptions and the effectiveness of goals and policies adopted as part Eugene's new comprehensive plan.
- Then, decision makers can determine whether some sort of action is needed if the trends or needs are different than we anticipates (e.g. if vacant land is being developed quicker than anticipated, does the density, location, and type of housing and jobs match our assumptions?).
- The Monitoring Program follows our commitment to the community in Pillar 7 and to Council's direction to deliver the first monitoring report to Council within three year of the State acknowledging our new urban growth boundary (now known to be due by January 2021).
What is the latest on the Growth Monitoring Program?
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 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.
- What is the latest on the Growth Monitoring Program?
- How will the Growth Monitoring Program work
- How does the Growth Monitoring Program relate to adopting our UGB?
- How does the Growth Monitoring Program relate to Envision Eugene: Vision to Action?
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
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How will the Growth Monitoring Program work?
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
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How does the Growth Monitoring Program relate to adopting our UGB?
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?
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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