Downtown Priorities & Projects
Downtown Eugene is the social, economic and cultural heart of our community, and the source of some of our most vexing community challenges. Since the Downtown Plan was adopted in 2004, we have made significant improvements to our downtown. However, ongoing and emerging challenges continue to hold us back and impact the quality of life of people living, working, and visiting downtown. Through conversations with residents, businesses, and organizations, the City developed a list of Downtown Priorities and Projects to guide future improvements to the area. Eugene City Council considered the list and began to strategize on implementation in early 2023.
January 2024 Update
This two-page document summarizes the work being done by staff and council to advance all six priorities as of January, 2024. For additional information on downtown housing, check-out the January 22 council packet and webcast.
Downtown Urban Renewal
On June 12, 2023, City Council voted to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan, making $50 million available for projects that address community priorities downtown. The amendment identifies three focus areas of possible projects:
Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency Board, discussed the amendment to the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan on April 10 and April 12, and held a public hearing on May 15. Council/Agency Board has indicated they expect to direct a majority of the funds included in the proposed new spending limit to support the creation of new housing in the downtown core. The actual project funding allocations will depend on future Agency Board budgetary action and project implementation.
Click here to view a summary of the amendment. (Updated June 13, 2023)
January 2023 City Council Work Session
City Council discussed the list of Downtown Priorities and Projects at the January 25, 2023 work session. Click here to view the Council materials or watch the webcast.
At this work session, staff provided an overview of the draft list of Downtown Priorities and Projects and the public engagement process. Council directed staff to bring back a proposal to amend the Downtown Urban Renewal District to implement eligible projects.
Key documents in the packet:
Related Plans and Policies
The list of Downtown Priorities and Projects will build upon the City's existing goals and plans, outlined in documents such as: