South Willamette Area Planning Updates

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Next Steps for South Willamette

​The City Council passed a motion outlining next steps for planning in the South Willamette Area at the October 10th work session. The motion can viewed here.

South Willamette Community Comments

​Written comments received after the close of the Planning Commission public record on June 9, 2015 at 5 pm and through Sept. 27, 2016 can be viewed here. Please let us know if any letters weren't included that you would like added to the comments.

City Council Work Session - Oct. 10, 2016, 5:30 pm

​The City Council work session on Oct. 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm will discuss next steps for planning in the South Willamette area. The Council meets at Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue. To view the agenda click here.

Public Forum - Sept. 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

​The Mayor's forum is on Monday! The purpose of the  forum is to provide an opportunity for community members to share with City Council their thoughts about engagement processes related to South Willamette planning. The forum is at South Willamette High School Cafeteria (address below). Please use the entry at the back of the building. Sign-in for commenters begins at 5:30 pm and will close at 7 pm.

Mayor's Letter to the Community August 12, 2016

Mayor Kitty Piercy sent a letter to community members regarding the September 19, 2016 forum. To read more about the forum see the posts below. To read the Mayor's most recent update, click here.

Public Forum Update

A public forum regarding planning in the South Willamette area will be held Monday, September 19, 2016 at South Eugene High School Cafeteria, 400 East 19th Ave., at 6:00 pm. Sign-in for commenters begins at 5:30 pm and will close at 7:00 pm. To read the Mayor's letter to community members click here. Questions and comments can be emailed to

May 28, 2016 Letter from the Mayor to City Council

letter outlining next steps and the Mayor's proposed forum for the South Willamette area was sent by Mayor Kitty Piercy to the City Council and City Manager.

City Council Votes to Withdraw SW-SAZ Application

The Eugene City Council voted to withdraw the South Willamette Special Area Zone land use application as of May 10, 2016. 

May 7, 2016 Letter from Mayor Kitty Piercy

message regarding next steps for the South Willamette area was sent by Mayor Kitty Piercy to the City Council and City Manager.

Oregon Consensus Assessment Report

Following Council direction and a request by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, the community was engaged over the past few months in an assessment process for the South Willamette Special Area Zone, led by 
Oregon Consensus and funded by the State of Oregon. A pair of neutral facilitators, Turner Odell with Oregon Consensus and Eugene resident Tim Hicks, interviewed community members, assessed the present situation, and have made recommendations for next steps.
Their assessment report summarizes what they heard and learned from interviewing an initial set of interested people and organizations. The report also includes a recommendation for how to move forward and find the best next steps in the ongoing learning and decision-making process.

To read a brief introduction and overview of the Oregon Consensus assessment process click here.

To read an outline of the interviews as planned preceding the assessment click here.

South Willamette Street Initiative

 A proposal for next steps for the South Willamette area was sent out by Councilors George Brown and Mike Clark on April 25, 2016. Our team of planners will be looking at this closely and offering our thoughts when appropriate. We're certain the City Council would like to hear all of your thoughts on it as well. Please include Terri Harding in any comments you send the Council about this matter, to keep our planning staff in the loop of communication on this very important issue. We very much appreciate being included on the messages several of you have already sent.

Terri also provided an update on the South Willamette Area Zone and Oregon Consensus Assessment Report at the Friendly Neighbors General meeting on April 21. Her introductory comments are here.

South Willamette Street Improvement Plan Update

The construction and re-striping along South Willamette Street has been completed for the 3-lane configuration test. The City has also recently received a grant for pedestrian improvements between 24th and 29th Avenue. In October, the Metropolitan Policy Committee approved federal Surface Transportation Program funding for five City of Eugene projects including: $2 million to reconstruct sidewalks and driveway aprons, upgrade traffic signals, and enhance the streetscape with trees, pedestrian scale lighting, benches and bike racks. Implementation will take place when the street is reconstructed in 2018. For more information on this parallel project visit the website: South Willamette Street Improvement Plan.

City Council Discussion

   City Council meets in Harris Hall, Lane County Public Services Bldg. 125 E 8th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401


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