For over 30 years, land use and development in the River Road and Santa Clara communities has been governed by the River Road-Santa Clara Urban Facilities Plan. Adopted in 1987, the plan needs to be updated. The River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations have sponsored activities to gather information on neighborhood concerns, dedicating innumerable volunteer hours to hearing from the community. These activities will form the basis of further outreach efforts in the crafting of a responsive neighborhood plan.
The planning process will be a collaborative effort among the River Road and Santa Clara community organizations, the City of Eugene, Lane County, and other stakeholders throughout both communities. The 2-year planning process will create a Community Vision to guide decision-making for decades to come. Simultaneous with the neighborhood planning process, a Federal Transit Administration grant will enhance the Community Vision by allowing for intense focus on the River Road corridor between NW Expressway and Hunsaker Lane.
The vision will be articulated in a Goal and Policy document tackling a wide variety of issues identified in previous public engagement efforts led by neighborhood teams (Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning (SCRROL) and Santa Clara-River Road Implementation Planning Team (SCRRIPT)). The plan will focus on four priority areas: Land Use, Transportation, Economic Development, and Parks and Natural Resources.
There are limits to the effectiveness of planning tools to address two previously identified priorities areas: Public Safety and Governance. However, the planning process will employ an inter-departmental staff team to ensure these concerns are addressed and implemented through appropriate mechanisms. The plan will conclude with an Action Plan that includes implementation strategies to advance the defined policy direction. The final product, including policies, zone changes, and new development standards, will be adopted by the City of Eugene and Lane County to ensure action and long-term implementation.