Land Use Code Amendments

Current Projects

Secondary Dwellings (City File CA 18-1)
Phase 1 Implementation of Senate Bill 1051

The goal of this proposed land use code amendment is to expand the areas in which secondary dwellings are allowed in the City, as required by recent state legislation (Senate Bill 1051). The proposed amendment focuses on where secondary dwellings will be allowed in the City, and will increase the number of zones where secondary dwellings are permitted. To view the proposed land use code changes, click here.

The existing standards for height, setbacks, building size, etc., are proposed to remain in place at this time. Phase 2 is proposed to begin following adoption of Phase 1 and consists of a review and potential update of our existing development standards for secondary dwellings through an inclusive community process. This will allow for the emerging community conversations around housing affordability and neighborhood livability to inform potential changes.

Planning Commission Process
A Planning Commission Public Hearing on the proposed changes was held March 6, 2018. The hearing notice and staff report are available here and here. Following the hearing, the Planning Commission left the record open one week for additional testimony, which is available here. Planning Commission deliberations/action (recommendation to City Council) were held March 26, 2018. The materials for the deliberations meeting are available here
 
City Council Process
A hearing before City Council was held April 16, 2018. Notice of the hearing is available here. Materials for the hearing are available here. Testimony submitted between March 13, 2018 (after 5 pm) and April 10, 2018 is available here. Testimony submitted between April 11, 2018 and April 16, 2018 public hearing is available here. Testimony submitted at the public hearing is available here.

Following the public hearing, the City Council left the record open for two weeks for additional testimony. Testimony received during the open record period is available here.

On May 14, 2018, the City Council voted to approve the land use code amendment pertaining to housing on church property. A copy of the ordinance is available here. City Council postponed action on the amendments relating to where secondary dwelling units are allowed, and will be discussing the topic on May 23, 2018.

City Council initiated a phased approach for land use code changes to implement Senate Bill 1051 related to secondary dwellings in January 2018. Click here for the council materials 
 

Edison Elementary School Parking (City File CA 18-2)


The proposed land use code amendment would waive parking requirements for a new or remodeled school on the Edison Elementary School site. If the proposed amendment is adopted by the City Council, no on-site parking (parking lot or parking structure) would be required in conjunction with the construction of any future new or remodeled school on the Edison Elementary School site located at 1328 E. 22nd Avenue in Eugene. In lieu of providing on-site parking, Eugene School District 4J would be required to submit a transportation demand management plan that contains strategies for reducing motor vehicle use and parking demand to the City of Eugene for review and approval. City Council initiated this amendment in February. The City Council meeting materials are available here.

To view the proposed land use code changes, click here.

A Planning Commission Public Hearing on the proposed changes was held April 10, 2018. The public hearing notice is available here. Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed amendment. The webcast of the meeting is available here. A City Council Public Hearing is scheduled for May 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Harris Hall (125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene).

For more information or to submit comments, please contact Alissa Hansen at 541-682-5508 or alissa.h.hansen@ci.eugene.or.us

Skinner Butte Height Limitation Area & Gordon Hotel Sign Amendments (City File 18-3)

The proposed Skinner Butte Height Limitation amendment would allow building heights within the southern half block between 5th and 6th Avenue in the Skinner Butte Height Limitation Area to reach 530 feet above mean sea elevation which results in buildings approximately 110 feet tall.  Buildings currently cannot exceed 500 feet above mean sea elevation, or approximately 80 feet tall. 

The proposed Gordon Hotel Sign ordinance one property located in the northeast corner of the intersection of 6th and Oak (tax lot 17-03-31-11-02800) may erect a roof sign with a defined size maximum, height as measured from grade, density, and mounting style.  By prescribing specific sign standards unintended consequences of future signs on this site are eliminated.

City Council initiated these amendments on April 9. The City Council meeting materials are available here.

To view the proposed land use code changes, click here. 

A Planning Commission Public Hearing on the proposed changes was held on June 5. 2018. The public hearing notice is available here. Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed Skinner Butte Height Limitation Amendment and deny approval of the Gordon Hotel Sign ordinance. The webcast of the meeting is available here.

City Council Public Hearing is scheduled for July 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Harris Hall (125 East 8th Avenue, Eugene). 

 
For more information or to submit comments, please contact Allie Camp at 541-682-5480 or allison.k.camp@ci.eugene.or.us

1,000 Foot Separation between Retail Marijuana Stores (City File CA 18-4) 

The City Council initiated a land use code amendment process on April 18, 2018 to consider requiring a separation between retail marijuana stores. If adopted, new retail marijuana stores would need to be at least 1,000 feet away from any existing retail marijuana store. Such a standard would not impact existing stores. Retail marijuana stores are considered a “Specialty Store” in the land use code and are allowed in a variety of zones, including C-1, C-2, C-3, GO, E-1, and E-2, as well as all or a portion of the following Special Area zones: Chambers, Chase Node, Downtown Westside, Fifth Avenue, Blair Boulevard Historic Commercial, Royal Node and Walnut Station. To view the proposed land use code changes, click here. To view maps of retail stores, click here.
 
Notice will be sent to owners of property within each zone where the use of “Specialty Store” is permitted. The notice is required by state law since the proposed change may prohibit the establishment of a retail marijuana store on property where the use was previously allowed. 

Planning Commission Process
A Planning Commission Public Hearing and possible action is scheduled for June 5, 2018 at 6pm at Harris Hall (125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene). Notice of the hearing is available here.  The staff report will be available on May 29, 2018.

City Council Process
A Public Hearing before City Council is tentatively scheduled for July 16, 2018 with a tentative action date of July 23, 2018.

For more information or to submit comments, please contact Mike McKerrow at 541-682-5288 or mike.j.mckerrow@ci.eugene.or.us

Bicycle Parking


The City of Eugene has begun looking at updating the current bicycle parking standards.  The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in land use code EC 9.6105.  For more information, read on
 

Recently Adopted Land Use Code Amendments


The on-line version of Eugene Code Chapter 9 contains all adopted land use code amendments through December 20, 2017. Access the on-line version of Chapter 9 here.