Most Recent Version of Draft Vision Statement, Goals, Policies, and Actions
Draft Vision Statement
The River Road and Santa Clara Neighborhoods exude a strong sense of place. They are welcoming and inclusive neighborhoods for people of all backgrounds. River Road and Santa Clara celebrate and nurture community unity and diverse cultures, and honors the rich history of farming in the neighborhoods. The community recognizes the value of natural assets, such as the River, and thriving shared spaces, such as parks, schools and local businesses. Our neighborhoods are safe, resilient, and engaged, with strong social networks and reliable public services.
Goal 15: Ensure our community is welcoming and inclusive.
Goal 16: Foster collaborative relationships to build a stronger and more resilient community.
Goal 17: Provide comprehensive public services and community resources responsive to the needs of the community.
Goal 18: Increase resilience in local food, water, and disaster preparedness systems necessary for human health and wellbeing.
Draft Policies and Actions
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Ensure our community is welcoming and inclusive.
Promote a welcoming environment and inclusive approach to the work of the Community Organizations.
Respond promptly to any instance of racism, discrimination and/or hate in the neighborhoods by designating a board member to follow issues and share information, voting as a board to condemn actions, and sending an email update to the community.
RRCO/SCCO participate in Hate and Bias Prevention training.
RRCO/SCCO vote as a board to support local, state or national measures that support the community.
City/County provides materials and, together with RRCO and SCCO, comes up with a collaborative strategy for graffiti abatement in the neighborhoods.
Maintain a standing meeting agenda item for addressing issues important to youth, low-income residents, people with disabilities, LGBTQ residents, and communities of color. Recruit organizations and schools to participate in RRCO/SCCO meetings and lead the agenda item.
Connect with all residents. Increase the opportunities for under-represented residents to participate in community activities, including people with disabilities, non-English speakers, communities of color, youth, families, and unhoused residents.
Host multi-cultural events and outreach with translation services, food and entertainment.
Provide a list of organizations that provide social and cultural services and ADA accommodations. Work with The City of Eugene Human Rights Commission and other local community organizations to share relevant information.
Inventory community spaces in RRSC, provide a list of ADA features and limitations, and encourage organizations and institutions to improve ADA accessibility to community spaces, indoor and outdoor.
Provide ‘Welcomers’ to focus on outreach to schools new housing developments, new businesses, etc.– to be sure anyone new to the neighborhood feels welcome, is aware of the neighborhood organizations and are encouraged to participate.
Conduct occasional door to door outreach surveys over time to listen to views and get people involved in community activities.
City and County provide cultural ambassadors/language translators who would assist the Community Organizations with outreach, agenda setting, and creating and editing outreach materials (‘welcome kits’, newsletter articles, etc.) and who would be available for non-English-speaking residents to contact for questions related to City/County business.
Housing Affordability: Increase affordable housing opportunities in the neighborhoods (see Land Use Goals for details).
The Unhoused Community: Advocate for housing and provide information to community members about housing services and social opportunities for people without stable housing
Facilitate community conversations about how to provide services.
Outreach/education to general community about issues such as homelessness.
Work with the city and county to identify housing first options, and advocate for temporary and transitional solutions and network with other neighborhoods and learn from their successes.
Work with non-profits and faith-based organizations in the neighborhood to serve the unhoused community.
Support public art.
Augment and advocate for programs to facilitate and incentivize artistic initiatives that benefit the River Road, Santa Clara community.
Encourage the creation of a clearing house for networking artistic resources.
Foster collaborative relationships to build a stronger and more resilient community.
Enhance RRCO and SCCO communication and outreach capabilities to reach the entire neighborhood by establishing stable local funding.
The City and County will partner to provide stable funding, proportional to the total incorporated/unincorporated properties, to ensure both Community Organizations multiple opportunities, per year, can reach all addresses within the neighborhood.
Develop resilience action teams to design and implement projects that achieve goals of the Neighborhood Plan.
Gathering and Learning Spaces: Ensure access to open community gathering, sharing, and learning spaces for all residents.
Maintain a list of gathering spaces and local services that are accessible for all RR/SC neighbors.
Identify locations to establish and support community gardens in River Road/Santa Clara.
Build and maintain resident engagement in safety through neighborhood projects through outreach, empowering neighborhood volunteers, and applying for the City’s Community and Neighborhood matching grants.
Develop and maintain neighborhood action website.
Provide information on matching grants and best practices for neighborhood engagement and creative placemaking.
Use and promote matching grant funds to improve shared spaces that are not maintained by city or county.
Walkable Neighborhoods: Incentivize neighborhood development that allows residents to meet their daily needs without private vehicles.
Use neighborhood associations and businesses to cross-promote programs and ideas that increase use of active transportation and develop small businesses in the neighborhood.
Resilience Networks: Provide additional support for neighbors to build small scale resilience networks that facilitate communication and resource sharing between neighbors and businesses to enhance resilience.
Develop a mapping system for neighbors to identify their resources and neighbors in need. Publish ideas for community building activities and empower neighborhood associations to broaden their outreach.
Map and connect CERT trained community members and support resilience-focused gatherings.
Partner with existing tool lending library program to explore an expansion into our neighborhoods.
Provide comprehensive public services and community resources responsive to the needs of the community.
Address present confusion about service providers: Assure River Road and Santa Clara residents are educated about current services providers so there is clarity about which agencies provide their services and how to communicate with them.
Educate residents about what agencies are serving them and how they are funded. Publish and make available a compendium of service agencies in River Road and Santa Clara and their contact information.
Identify and publicize a single office (may be the City Manager office) that residents could use as a resource when they have questions or concerns vis-à-vis their available public services.
Address the confusion of who owns and maintains infra-structure (hydrants, streetlights, water lines) as annexations proceed.
Essential public services (safety, water, fire): Provide equitable provision of essential public services if amalgamation and/or transition of service providers is considered.
Review current service provision and adopt a plan of action that addresses coordination, improvement and/or potential transition of essential services as River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods evolve.
Make this planning process transparent by involving the community in the formulation of these plans.
Review essential service levels as they currently exist and ascertain what public services are missing or deficient; and create a path to mitigating these deficiencies (example: no service by Cahoots for unincorporated residents).
If service providers are amalgamated and/or transitioned, adjust current boundaries of service districts to assure that residents, especially those who are currently outside the UGB, continue to be served.
Prioritize provision of comprehensive public safety services and develop strategies for equitable administration of those services throughout River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods.
Optimize conditions for the establishment of an urgent care center in the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhood.
Community resources: Provide park and recreation services as well as library service to River Road and Santa Clara. Encourage and facilitate cultural services that enrich the community.
Provide a comprehensive and park and recreation system with sustainable funding to include all of River Road and Santa Clara commensurate with the services currently provided by the River Road Park and Recreation District.
Realize the development of the planned community park and community center in Santa Clara and continue provision of a community park and community center in River Road, currently being filled by the River Road Parks and Recreation District.
Investigate the feasibility of creating a larger, regional park and recreation district which would assure dedicated and sustainable funding for parks and recreation.
Research how consistent and sustainable library services can be provided to the entirety of River Road Santa Clara residents.
Increase resilience in local food, water, and disaster preparedness systems necessary for human health and wellbeing.
Green Infrastructure: Infrastructure development will be resilient to disasters, enhance stability of food, water, energy systems and preserve ecosystem functions.
Develop green infrastructure guidelines and standards for River Road Santa Clara.
Investigate financial support opportunities through design standards for homeowners and large developers which offset new infrastructure demands with onsite energy generation and water use minimization strategies retention.
Assess existing critical infrastructure such as streets, electrical grid, stormwater system, etc. to determine key weaknesses in the event of a natural disaster.
Develop a prioritized list of projects based on infrastructure assessment.
Ensure that each neighborhood has sufficient FEMA drop off sites, water access points, and at least one sheltering location per neighborhood according to disaster planning.
Increase home and neighborhood food production and storage through local land use regulations and community education, outreach and programs.
Encourage development of community food sharing/food swapping systems.
Allow owner maintenance of landscaping between sidewalk and curb.
Permit small scale collective sale of neighborhood produce.
Identify food producing trees and shrubs that can be included in the city’s “menu” of acceptable landscaping plants. Reference Olympia, Washington’s plant lists for public property. Identify a citizen’s committee to work with the city to identify acceptable plants.
Distribute information on opportunities and benefits of edible landscaping to encourage adoption and appropriate maintenance
Distribute information on pollinator importance and organic practices in our region.
Renewable Resources and Energy: Promote renewable resources and energy conservation to decrease reliance on public utility grid through community education, outreach and incentives.
Widely share up to date information on opportunities and rules around stormwater flow and rainwater catchment in our area.
Share information on graywater and encourage safe implementation.
Work with City of Eugene to develop performance criteria for retrofits that improve house envelope or increase resilience at reduced fees.
Promote utility incentives for energy conservation programs.
Ensure infiltration of all residential stormwater through information, advocacy, and mapping problem areas.
Neighborhood-wide Emergency Preparedness: Educate and prepare for natural disasters by funding regular Community Emergency Response Team training and through community volunteer efforts.
Create opportunities for annual CERT training and disaster plan training.
Map locations to access water in our area RRSC in the event of an emergency. Ensure they are evenly distributed and add additional locations if needed.
Provide water purification options at identified locations.
Encourage the identification of most vulnerable residents who would need additional support in a disaster.
Create centralized emergency centers that will provide water, food, emergency supplies and electricity in case of natural disaster.
Community Working Group Materials
December 5, 2018
Working group members reviewed the draft policies by sorting them into cross-cutting themes and identifying gaps.
- Meeting Handout: Full list of draft goals, policies and actions
- Meeting Results:: Draft policies sorted by theme
September 27, 2018
At the September 27 working group meeting, working group members, their Community Advisory Committee leaders, and Technical Advisory Committee members provided their final edits to the draft goals. They then began consolidating and reworking the draft policies that were submitted.
August 28, 2018
At the August 28 working group meeting, participants signed up to write draft policies under each goal using the accompanying worksheets. Goals on these worksheets reflect the August draft of the goals, which have been updated by working group members since (see above).
Working group members will also use the following documents while drafting goals, policies and actions.
- Worksheet Glossary (A cheat sheet with definitions and a guide to completing the worksheet)
- Community Data packet (Data collected over the course of the fall related to community)
April 23, 2018
March 20, 2018
- SCRRIPT Vision Statements (created in 2015)
- Summary of "Value Now" Activity
- Community Values Statements (Produced at the February 7, 2018 workshop)
February 7, 2018