Adopting our Urban Growth Boundary

In January of 2017, we began the formal process to adopt our own urban growth boundary (UGB), a major milestone for Envision Eugene.


The Planning Commission Process

The initial draft of the UGB Adoption Package was published in January 2017. In preparation for the March 7th Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing, the Envision Eugene team prepared updates to portions of the January 2017 Proposed UGB Package. This February Update was limited to minor corrections or clarifications/additions.

The Planning Commissions will hold deliberations throughout April and early May, where they will respond to concerns raised in public testimony, make typographical and other minor edits, and consider other alterations recommended by Planning Commissioners. The Planning Commission Agenda (posted the week before the session) includes the items prepared for deliberation for that session - April 10, April 17, April 24, May 2 (Lane County Planning Commission).

Additional evidentiary/technical support materials have also been added under the Technical Analysis and Studies section below.


The "UGB Adoption Package" is a compilation of required materials that sets a Eugene-specific UGB. Highlights of the package include: 

We have created a user-friendly Community Guide designed as an introduction to UGB adoption. The guide pulls together a variety of resources available across this site (such as fact sheets, infographics and timelines) and a version of the presentation delivered at the community information sessions in January and February. We hope this helps orient you to the UGB adoption package and process.


The full list of adoption package elements is below. This draft is almost a thousand pages long, and reflects more than six years of technical analysis, community input, and direction from City Council. Community members are invited to review the materials, which are laid out below with introductions to help people identify which aspects of the package they are most interested in. The City and County Planning Commissions, volunteer citizens, will review the package and provide their recommendations to the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners. A general formal notice of the March 7th Joint Planning Commission Hearing can be found here, with topic-specific hearing notices available here.

UGB Adoption Package Components

Different documents within the adoption package serve different purposes. The different types of documents are:

Metro Plan

The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan) has served as the comprehensive land use plan for both Eugene and Springfield for several decades. The adoption package will include several amendments to the Metro Plan to allow for a Eugene-specific UGB and comprehensive plan (see the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan below). The Metro Plan land use diagram will also be amended to address the UGB expansion areas.

Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan (Phase 1)

Because the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan is such a large undertaking, it will be adopted in phases.  The first phase includes all components that are essential to adopting the UGB (housing supply, employment supply, etc.). The Topic Area pages have additional information about the urban growth boundary and the Clear Lake expansion areaA map showing the Eugene-specific UGB will also be adopted as part of the first phase. The remaining chapters will be developed as future phases. 

Transportation System Plan

The City of Eugene Transportation System Plan 2035 will serve as the transportation element of the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan, but it is also a plan in its own right and was developed to address the future transportation needs of the community as envisioned in the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan. 

Public Facilities and Services Plan 

The Public Facilities and Services Plan must be amended to add water, wastewater, stormwater and electrical projects, including rough cost estimates and timing, to serve the expansion areas and areas within current urban growth boundary. 

Adopted Natural Resource Plans and Maps

Natural resources are highly valued in Eugene, and are protected through a variety of plans and tools. Two strategies that have proposed updates in this adoption package are our "Goal 5" and "Goal 6" regulations, which protect resource areas and particular aspects of certain resource areas.

Land Use Code

The land use code must be amended for both the City of Eugene and Lane County within the UGB. These amendments address multi-family housing strategies as directed by City Council, zoning and other issues specifically for the expansion areas, and the transition of policies from the Metro Plan to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan.  

Zone Changes

Both base and overlay zones will be applied to the expansion areas. The Clear Lake Overlay Zone will be added to the land use code to address preservation of large development sites and environmental justice concerns in the employment expansion area.

Technical Analysis and Studies

The following documents demonstrate the technical basis for adopting the urban growth boundary.

Legal Findings

Required written findings and analysis are included that show compliance with relevant Statewide Planning Goals, all applicable state laws and all applicable local land use regulations and policies for all of the above actions. These last documents address all of the work described above.


The documents laid out above are organized according to legal requirements in three ordinances that the City of Eugene or Lane County can use to adopt the UGB.

Learn More & Get Involved!

Want to provide feedback or see the project timeline? Go to Get Involved!
Want to learn more about past community involvement and technical analysis? See How we got here. For more detail on specific topics, see Topic Areas.