Land Supply and Capacity

About the Land Supply & Capacity

As part of Envision Eugene and state regulations for urban growth boundary planning, the we have identified several ways to accommodate the projected population growth over the next 20 years. They include:

  1. using existing buildable land capacity (e.g. vacant and partially vacant land) already inside the urban growth boundary (UGB),
  2. creating new capacity inside the existing UGB by implementing new strategies and actions to accommodate more homes and jobs (e.g. efficiency strategies, land use re-designations), and
  3. creating new capacity by expanding the UGB for any remaining amount of land still needed.

New!   The adopted Employment and Residential Land Supply (2012-2032) maps are below.


In 2012, the March 2012 Envision Eugene Draft Recommendation presented the draft land needs for housing, jobs, parks and schools to accommodate the next 20 years of growth. This included initial estimates on how much capacity our land supply has for more housing and jobs according to the three ways above and based on 2001-2008 data. 

Since then, additional work updated the estimates for the amount of land in our supply and how much capacity it has (based on 2001-2012 data) and refined how much additional capacity we can create on our land supply. 

2012-2032 Adopted Land Supply Maps

Resulting from all this work are the adopted 2012-2032 Employment and Residential Land Supply maps which 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 new Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2017. The land supply is depicted at the city-wide scale as well as in a set of atlas maps that provide a zoomed in view of the inventory across the city.

The Three Parts

See the links below for more detail about the three different ways we are meeting our next 20 years of growth.

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 has if we take no actions to do develop differently (create new capacity). Staff worked with the TRG (Technical Resource Group) to verify the accuracy of the 2012 updated 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 land demand we have (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, we looked at ways to increase the capacity of our existing land supply. The following are links to actions/projects that the city is taking or has completed that will create capacity for more jobs and homes inside the UGB:
  • Multi-family housing options - The R-2 zone was amended to increase the minimum density required for new development and incentives and programs will facilitate more housing downtown. (These are not shown on the maps.)
  • Residential Re-designation - The comprehensive plan designation was changed for portions of three areas (Crow Road, the Gilham site and the Irving Road) 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 2032 maps show the areas where the zoning code was amended to allow more commercial/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 in order to accommodate all of our 20 year needs for jobs, parks and schools. These two areas are identified on the 2012-2032 employment land supply maps.