Public Involvement

Eugene City Council Meetings

Eugene City Council Presentation:

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, noon

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue

City Council Agenda Item Summary - April 16, 2014

City Council Presentation - April 16, 2014

Webcast - April 16, 2014

Eugene City Council Public Hearing:

WHEN: Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue

City Council Agenda Item Summary - May 19, 2014

Webcast - May 19, 2014

Eugene City Council Deliberation & Action:

WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Harris Hall, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Avenue

Eugene City Council Action:

On May 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council accepted the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan and directed staff to implement a test of South Willamette Street Improvement Plan street design Alternative #3 (three lanes with bike lanes) and report back with findings after a 12-month test period.

Previously, on April 16, 2014, the Eugene City Council received a presentation of the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan and on May 19, 2014 a public hearing was held regarding the Plan and possibility of conducting a test restriping of the street.

The restriping test will occur on South Willamette Street within the study area between 24th and 32nd avenues. The test will include the construction of a permanent traffic signal at the Woodfield Station driveway north of 29th Avenue as well as permanent widening north of 24th Avenue in order to tie in to the existing bikeway system to the north. In the vicinity of 29th Avenue, the test will include two southbound travel lanes, a center turn-lane, one northbound travel lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street. North the 29th Avenue area, the test will include one travel lane in each direction, a center turn-lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.

Construction activities are anticipated to begin in the spring or summer of 2015 with the test restriping lasting a full calendar year following an adjustment period after construction. A report to the Eugene City Council detailing the test results from transportation, economic, and user experience perspectives is expected in late 2016 or early 2017. Following a final decision on the South Willamette Street configuration, a pavement preservation project is planned for construction in 2018 where the final street configuration decision will be implemented.

Please join the project email list to receive updates by sending an email to Chris Henryor call 541-682-8472.

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The City of Eugene recognizes that public support and enthusiasm are critical to the success of this plan. Public involvement for this project is guided by the following:

Guiding Principles

  • Respect the intelligence of the public
  • Seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected
  • Identify issues and concerns early and throughout the process
  • Widely disseminate complete information in a timely manner
  • Include the public’s contribution in decisions
  • Report how input was considered & reasons for decisions in each phase
  • Encourage open and honest communication

Public Involvement Goals

  • Broad participation
  • Timely, authentic & useful public input
  • Thoughtful responses to individual comments, concerns, questions
  • Public information on city policies, such as the 20-minute neighborhood

Level of Public Involvement

Public involvement for this project will be comprehensive, ongoing, and target a variety of key stakeholders. The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan will use a variety of methods to provide opportunities for public involvement, including:

  • Stakeholder Outreach and Meetings throughout the project
  • Focus Groups on two key issues
  • Community Meetings at three points in process
  • Direct Outreach (street displays, speaking at other organizations)
  • Meetings with Planning Commission & City Council

A draft of the Public Involvement Plan is available for review.

Decisions and Roles

The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan is being managed by the City of Eugene and is funded with a grant from the Transportation and Growth Management Program of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Public outreach and technical analysis for the Plan is being conducted by a consulting team, led by DKS Associates. The City will provide the consultant team with direction for the development of a preferred alternative for improvements to Willamette Street, based on the technical analysis and public input. The South Willamette Street Improvement Plan will then move to Eugene’s Planning Commission and City Council for review and approval as a proposed capital improvement project.