Community Design Handbook

The Community Design Handbook (CDH) is a broad set of non-regulatory design principles and guidelines that express the community’s vision for the built environment. The CDH represents best practices related to design in support of several pillars of Envision Eugene.


The Community Design Handbook (CDH) (large PDF) is an integral component of Envision Eugene: Vision to Action. The CDH principles and guidelines are intended to be used to inspire, educate, communicate, and inform investment.

  1. Inspire: The CDH clearly sets forth the community’s expectations for quality and best practices of future development in Eugene.
  2. Educate and Communicate: The visual, easy-to-use format provides a reference for conversations about design between neighbors, developers, policy makers, business owners, staff, and others.
  3. Invest: Some elements of the CDH may be appropriate to reference or adapt as criteria for making public investments in projects or partnerships.