Clear Lake Expansion Area

The Clear Lake expansion area is the proposed area to expand Eugene’s urban growth boundary (UGB) for additional land for jobs, parks, and schools. This expansion would add 924 acres of land to the UGB on the western edge between the city and the Eugene Airport.

The Clear Lake area is envisioned as a green employment center offering large sites for low-impact manufacturing, light industrial uses, offices, and commercial services, transitioning to schools and a large community park adjacent to the existing neighborhood. An area-wide green infrastructure system is planned to manage storm water, protect wetland and floodplain resources, and mitigate impacts to natural resources.

This expansion would be the largest since the original adoption of the UGB in 1982. The types of employment sites included in this expansion are an important strategy to support the Regional Prosperity Economic Development Plan and the city’s economic development goals. A comprehensive analysis of all areas outside the current UGB revealed few areas that fit the needed criteria for such sites.


One of the major changes proposed with Envision Eugene is expanding our urban growth boundary in the Clear Lake area between Highway 99 and the Airport. This page covers some of the big picture questions about why we are proposing an expansion in Clear Lake and what such an expansion would look like. For more details, see the More on Clear Lake sidebar.

What will change if we expand in the Clear Lake area?

When land is brought into the UGB, it becomes eligible for different types of development. When property owners decide that they want to develop at an “urban” level – including school development, some park enhancements, and any industrial development – the property will be brought into the city limits. To support this development, future transportation projects will be added to the Transportation System Plan 2035 project list if we expand in the Clear Lake area.
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  • /WQ Water Quality Overlay Zone map amendment for Clear Lake expansion area
  • Clear Lake expansion area zoning and overlay zone maps

What is the latest on the Clear Lake expansion?

The Clear Lake expansion area has incorporated extensive analysis and outreach over the past few years, including:
The most recent proposal for the employment areas of the expansion includes an overlay zone (September 2016 Draft) intended to address:
  1. the preservation of large development sites for light-medium industrial and campus employment development 
  2. addressing environmental justice-oriented concerns around the siting of additional industrial and employment uses in an area of existing concentration and in proximity to residents with moderate to higher rates of economic and social vulnerability 
The Clear Lake expansion is part of the UGB Adoption Package. This collection of documents includes information about where and why Eugene is setting its city-specific urban growth boundary, including the Clear Lake expansion. As a significant legal action, the adoption of the UGB includes analysis regarding how the adopted UGB will meet the city’s 20-year land needs for jobs, housing, and public land. It also includes policies and amendments to already adopted plans.

The UGB adoption process will include public outreach, including formal processes through the Eugene Planning Commission and City Council, and Lane County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners. Once the local process has been completed, the UGB Adoption Package will go to the State for acknowledgement.


How does the Clear Lake expansion relate to the UGB Adoption Package?

The Urban Growth Boundary Adoption Package is the collection of legally required documents to formally set (adopt) the UGB. The Clear Lake expansion requires substantial documentation about how the land was chosen for expansion and how it will meet the city’s land need for jobs, parks and schools. Also included will be amendments to the zoning code for a new overlay zone (September 2016 Draftto cover the Clear Lake expansion area.

Because these documents are focused on showing the state that we are meeting our responsibilities in accordance with state law, most of the language in these documents is both legal and extremely detailed.


How does the Clear Lake expansion relate to Envision Eugene: Vision to Action?

Envision Eugene: Vision to Action is an upcoming set of four documents that present the outcome of the Envision Eugene process and complementary ways to make the community vision a reality. The 2015 working drafts of all four documents are available here.

The Clear Lake expansion is a major strategy for meeting the overall goals of Envision Eugene, and is presented from the perspectives of values, policies, and specific actions.

The Community Vision explores the history, the values, and the goals that inform how Eugene should grow. Clear Lake is the area where the majority of outward growth (expansion) is proposed, in accordance with the pillars of Envision Eugene.

The Comprehensive Plan is the state-mandated land use policy plan for the City of Eugene. It will include policies to keep the land in the Clear Lake area for its intended use, which could not be met in other areas of the city.

The Urban Form Plan presents both local context and best practices to guide and inform the built environment in Eugene. Although the Urban Form Plan provides guidance that can enhance development in Clear Lake, it is not directly tied to the expansion itself.

The Action Plan lays out specific steps to achieve the goals of Envision Eugene. Several of these actions relate to the adoption of the Clear Lake expansion, and the use of the expansion to meet our goals.


What else might I want to know about the Clear Lake expansion?

What are future opportunities to comment on the Clear Lake expansion?
More information about upcoming opportunities can be found on the Get Involved! page.

How has the Clear Lake expansion been presented in the past?
Previous presentations on the Clear Lake expansion include:
How was the need to expand determined?
The need for an expansion for jobs began with identification the industries that have higher than average wages and a higher likelihood of locating in the community. We determined what the characteristics are that these targeted industries need for their sites and how many sites are needed. After identifying the land inside the UGB that meets these needs, we found that there is still a need for 11 more sites, resulting in a UGB expansion to bring those sites in to the UGB.

The need for an expansion for parks is based on the City’s long-range parks planning efforts which identified a need for two community parks to serve north Eugene, one of which is in the Clear Lake area.

The need for an expansion for schools is based on Bethel School District’s long-range school planning efforts which identified a need for an elementary/middle school to serve the west Eugene and surrounding area.

More information on how our land need in the Clear Lake area was identified can be found on the Jobs page and the Parks and Schools page.

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