This page provides an overview of Envision Eugene’s historical background – the key events and project phases in the Envision Eugene process that have gotten us to where we are today. It also includes information about the extensive public involvement and technical analysis that has led to a robust set of plans.
This video was released early in the Envision Eugene process, explaining the purpose of UGBs in Oregon and inviting the public to participate in Envision Eugene.
In December of 2014, the City Council provided direction to staff to expand the UGB for jobs, parks and schools. The expansion would add 924 acres to the UGB northwest of Randy Papé Beltline and Highway 99, and 35 acres in the Santa Clara area. Most of the expansion would help meet the city’s projected land need for large business sites during the next 20 years. It would also provide 54 acres for a future school site in the Bethel School District, as well as 257 acres for future community parks (222 acres for Golden Gardens Park, and 35 acres for Santa Clara Community Park).
On July 20, 2015, as a result of new information, the City Council gave direction to staff to establish a Eugene-specific UGB with no expansion for single-family homes. Council also requested that staff pursue a growth monitoring program, improve the land use code for needed housing development and begin urban reserve planning for longer term (50 years) population growth.
With this direction from City Council, staff began working on the formal adoption package that will need to be reviewed by the City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions, and then sent to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners for adoption. The adoption process will begin once formal direction has been given by Council on accommodating our unmet need for multi-family housing within our urban growth boundary.
The UGB adoption will be accompanied by a new Eugene-specific comprehensive plan, which will lay out goals and policies that guide land use planning related to growth management for Eugene over the next twenty years. This will align closely with the 2012 Envision Eugene recommendations and subsequent Council direction. The timeline for formal adoption and endorsement of Envision Eugene can be found here.BACK TO TOP
At the heart of Envision Eugene is the mission to facilitate community conversations about growth and how it affects us in our daily lives. Eventually, the City Council will make decisions about what future growth strategies we will pursue. Since 2010, we have held hundreds of community listening sessions to expand the conversation via community networks that are already in place. We’re interconnected in many, many ways.
In addition to engaging community members like you, Envision Eugene engages with a variety of partners, boards, commissions, and projects, including the following: