Land Supply Maps
About the Land Supply Maps
As part of Envision Eugene and state regulations for urban growth boundary planning, Eugene adopted a new Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in 2017 representing how we will accommodate our projected population growth over the next 20 years. The types of development capacity we are counting on is sorted into three categories:
- using existing buildable land capacity (e.g. vacant and partially vacant land) already inside the 2012 urban growth boundary (UGB),
- creating new capacity inside the existing 2012 UGB by implementing new strategies and actions that will make room for more homes and jobs ("efficiency strategies" such as land use re-designations and incentives), and
- creating new capacity by expanding the UGB for the remaining amount of land still needed.
2012-2032 Adopted Land Supply Maps
The 2012-2032 Employment and Residential Land Supply maps adopted with the UGB graphically show, as much as possible, the three ways we are meeting our growth over the next 20 years. The maps and much more detail on the land supply, demand and capacity analysis are included in the Envision Eugene Employment Land Supply Study and Residential Land Supply Study, both appendices to the 2017 adopted Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan. The maps depict the land supply at the city-wide scale as well as in a set of atlas maps.
In 2012, the March 2012 Envision Eugene Draft Recommendation presented the draft land needs projected for housing, jobs, parks and schools over the next 20 years of growth. This included initial estimates on how much capacity we would have under the three ways above, based on 2001-2008 development data. These estimates were updated with additional work based on 2001-2012 data and with adoption of efficiency strategies. The 2017 adoption of a Eugene-only UGB that included an expansion in two areas, completed the 20-year land supply for Eugene.
The Three Parts of Land Capacity
The links below include more detail about the three ways we are meeting our next 20 years of growth as compiled on the adopted 2012-2032 maps.
Part I: Existing Buildable Land Capacity
The existing capacity is a snapshot of the land supply as of 2012, and how much capacity that land had if we took no additional actions to do develop differently (e.g. create new capacity). Staff worked with the TRG (Technical Resource Group) to verify the accuracy of the 2012 updated land supply and capacity analysis:
- The inventory of vacant and partially vacant land was identified in 2012 with a final check to omit vacant land with any new development in May 2013.
- Key assumptions used to determine how much demand we have for new land (e.g. the number of persons assumed per household) and how much capacity that land has (e.g. the average density of new homes on vacant land) was updated to reflect recent U.S. Census data and development data from 2009-2012.
- 2012 Employment Land Supply maps; city-wide map or atlas (42 maps)
- 2012 Residential Land Supply maps; city-wide map or atlas (18 maps)
Part II: New Capacity Inside the UGB
Because we had a shortfall in meeting our full 20 year land needs on our 2012 land supply, we looked at ways to increase the capacity of our existing land supply (efficiency strategies). The following are links to the main actions/projects that the City completed to create capacity for more jobs and homes inside the UGB:
- Multi-family housing options - The R-2 Medium Density Residential zone was amended to increase the minimum density required for new development and incentives and programs will facilitate more housing downtown. The 2012-2032 maps show sites with a corresponding plan designation of Medium Density Residential.
- Residential Re-designation - The comprehensive plan designation was changed for portions of three areas (Crow Road, the Gilham site and the Irving Road site) in order to accommodate more low density housing. The 2012 land supply maps show the plan designations of these sites in 2012 and the 2012-2032 maps show their amended plan designations.
- Employment and Industrial Zoning - The 2012-2032 maps show the areas where the zoning code was amended to allow more commercial retail/commercial office jobs in industrial areas.
- Brownfield Redevelopment - One to three yet to be identified sites are intended to be addressed through this program and will provide more land for large-lot industrial development. (These are not shown on the maps.)
Part III: New Capacity Through UGB Expansion
Even after the projects above, we still had a shortfall of land to meet all of our needs. Additional land was added to our land supply by expanding the UGB in two areas to accommodate the remaining shortfall for jobs, parks and schools. These two areas are identified on the 2012-2032 employment land supply maps.