River Road Corridor Study

River Road Corridor Study Area

Project Overview

The River Road Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan is charting a vision for the future of the two neighborhoods. A key goal of the Plan is to improve River Road, the major street that runs from Santa Clara, through River Road, and connects the neighborhoods to central Eugene. As one of the major transportation routes in the Eugene area, River Road is important to neighborhood residents, the Eugene-Springfield community, and regional travelers. In addition it was identified as a key corridor through Envision Eugene, the community’s long-range vision.

The Neighborhood Plan draft vision includes “thriving, vibrant and active mixed neighborhood centers along the River Road corridor” and “a transportation system that is safe, accessible, affordable, environmentally responsible and transitions to zero carbon.”

To implement the community vision, the Corridor Study includes proposed zone changes  to encourage active neighborhood centers and a variety of housing types, integrating how people get around, where they shop and live, and how the corridor looks and feels. The Study will also include physical plans, economic models, and ways to improve transit connections to better serve people in the area. Community members, the City of Eugene and Lane Transit District are exploring ideas through design workshops, financial studies, and transit evaluations to prioritize investment and produce an updated land use code.

Where are we in the process?

Based on community input and collaboration with the CAC, the project team created the Draft Preferred Zoning Concept Map (Fall 2019-Winter 2020).

The concept includes:

  • Corridor Mixed-Use Zone: to create thriving neighborhood centers at key locations to support 20-minute neighborhoods.
  • Corridor Residential Zone: shown along River Road and next to neighborhood centers to provide a transition from higher density mixed-use to lower density residential areas.
  • Residential Middle Options Zone: provides housing choices within ¼ mile of the corridor that fit into the scale and character of existing residential neighborhoods.
  • This concept maintains the existing R-1 zoning adjacent to the Willamette River to maintain a low-density edge as identified in the neighborhood plan actions.

See the Draft Proposed Zone Changes Map (July 2021) that shows the potential zone changes. For more information on the draft concept, see the Zoning Comparison and Draft Development Standards.

Did you receive a postcard from the City about potential zone changes to your property?

A number of C-2 and R-2 properties outside the River Road Corridor Study area have been identified as areas of opportunity to be considered for zone changes. C-2 properties would be zoned as Corridor Mixed-Use  and R-2 as Corridor Residential, providing for more flexible development. See the Zoning Comparison and Draft Development Standards  that shows the addition of permitted uses for each zone.

Corridor Workshop #2: Concept Implementation (June 2019)

At the second open house for the River Road Corridor Study participants learned about Corridor concepts and land use and zoning options. The design team and community members discussed implementation strategies and land use policies that will guide the type of growth that can happen and where. As they reviewed the work of the design team, community members responded to the following questions:

  • How well do the example development and land use types fit with your vision and goals for the River Road Corridor area?
  • Are there specific locations along the Corridor and/or in the Neighborhood Centers where you think different development types are most appropriate?
  • How well do the proposed development standards achieve your desired neighborhood character?
  • Community members, staff and consultant team members brainstormed draft land use concepts, zoning options and design standards to further vet with the community using an online survey throughout summer and fall 2019 focusing on two draft land use concepts

    • The first draft concept focused future residential development in a narrow, denser area along River Road and major side streets including rowhouses and 2-3 story apartments as well as middle housing types.
    • The second draft concept focused future residential development in a wider, less dense area focusing on middle housing types such as duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, and courtyard and cottage cluster housing within 1/2 mile of the corridor.
    • Both draft concepts included active mixed-use centers at key areas along River Road and development standards that provide transitions between zones.
    • You can read the full workshop report to see what was discussed and produced.

Corridor Workshop #1: Concept Creation (February 2019) 

Community members were invited to join in a workshop to create a range of concepts, exploring land uses, densities, connectivity, transit service, access to open space, and other factors. These concepts explored different methods of supporting the policies of the Neighborhood Plan. The project team then evaluated concepts against three major qualities:

  • Livability - Neighborhood compatibility and a range of housing, business, and recreation opportunities for everyone.
  • Economics - Financial feasibility and how public investments can have the greatest impact.
  • Ridership - Transit service options to existing and new destinations and how that impacts ridership.

SERA Architecture led the events, testing design concepts with residents, businesses, the Technical Advisory Committee, and the Community Advisory Committee. You can read the full workshop report to see what was discussed and produced.

Corridor Physical and Economic Assessment (February 2019) 

The team studied land use, transportation, economic, housing, and natural resource conditions along the corridor to identify opportunities for compatible development and investment in public resources and amenities.

What’s Next

More detailed draft code language is being developed this summer/fall and will be vetted with the CAC, community and elected and appointed officials. 

Additional Resources

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Chelsea Hartman

    Senior Planner

    99 W. 10th Avenue

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5686