Land Use Code Amendments
Expiration Extension for Approved Land Use Applications (City File CA 20-3)
On July 27th, 2020, the City Council initiated a land use code amendment process to extend the expiration of Type II and Type III land use approvals for three years as an economic recovery tool in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If approved by the City Council, this expiration extension will impact Type II and III applications that were approved and subject to expiration. Type II land use approvals typically require Planning Director approval, and include such application types as partitions, subdivisions and site reviews. Type III land use approvals typically require approval by a Hearings Official through a public hearings process and include such application types as tentative planned unit developments or conditional use permits. Visit here for a full list of Type I and Type II applications.
Land Use Code Amendment Schedule:
The Eugene Planning Commission will first hold a hearing, deliberate, and make a recommendation to the Eugene City Council as to approve, modify, or deny the proposed land use code amendment. The City Council will then hold a second public hearing, deliberate, and make a decision on the proposal.
- Public Hearing (Eugene Planning Commission) – September 15, 2020
- Public Hearing (Eugene City Council) – October 19, 2020 [Tentative]
- Possible Action (Eugene City Council) – October 26, 2020 [Tentative]
This proposal is one way for the City to support economic recovery is to extend the expiration dates of approved land use applications. The City’s land use code provides that land use approvals are only valid for a particular period of time. When land use approvals expire, applicants are required to repeat the land use application process and obtain a new land use approval in order to develop their property, which can be a costly and time consuming barrier to development. By extending the expiration date for certain land use approvals (Type II and Type III applications), the City Council would support development projects that have already undergone an extensive public process and received City approval, but may be slowed down or stalled due to the ongoing economic challenges and uncertainty related to the pandemic. By offering additional time for project to be completed, the City can support the community by giving developers more time to utilize their land use approvals.
While the expiration extension is processed as a land use code amendment, there will be no codified change. Rather, if adopted, the ordinance would operate as a stand-alone, uncodified ordinance that only impacts the expiration of land use applications approved prior to a particular date that is yet to be determined. A three year extension was used in the past as a response to the Great Recession in 2009 and is believed to be an appropriate amount of time for this recovery effort as well.
For more information, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, JGepper@eugene-or.gov
Digital Sign Code Amendments (City File CA 20-2)
City Council initiated amendments to the land use code related to digital signs at a work session on September 18, 2019. At the meeting, City Council was provided an overview of existing Eugene sign code regulations pertaining to digital signs, common concerns regarding digital signage, and examples of how other communities regulate digital signage.
At the end of the work session, City Council passed a motion to “allow digital billboards and digital readerboards within the City and to implement changes to the sign regulations identified by staff that are legally required or necessary to clarify the current regulations.”
The goal of the proposed land use code amendments is to modify existing sign code standards to allow and regulate digital billboards and digital readerboards. A draft version of proposed changes is available here. The proposed amendments focus on how best to allow conversion of existing billboards to new digital technology with specific standards for maximum size, message change intervals, brightness, location and separation. The proposed amendments also include digital allowances for institutional uses and gas stations and minor changes to the existing sign code suggested by staff to add clarity. The following is a summary of the proposed changes:
- Provides new definitions for digital billboards, cutouts and digital signs and modifies existing definitions for electronic message centers and flashing signs.
- Provides ability to convert existing billboards into digital billboards when proposed standards are met:
- Minimum spacing of 1,200 feet (4 blocks) between digital billboards
- Minimum 10 seconds between messages
- No video, animations, scrolling, or other similar effects.
- Auto-dimming to prevent glare, especially at night
- Allows one digital sign (maximum 20 square feet) for each institutional use such as schools, religious institutions and community centers.
- Allows up to six small digital sign components (totaling not more than 20 square feet) for service station uses.
- Allows up to two digital signs (maximum 7-foot high and not more than 40 square feet) for each drive-through use.
- Makes minor changes for clarification of existing standards.
- Work Session - July 21, 2020, 5:30 PM (Agenda, Webcast)
- Public Hearing - July 28, 2020, 5:30 PM (Agenda, Webcast)
- Deliberations - August 11, 2020, 5:30 PM (Agenda, Webcast)
- Deliberations - August 24, 2020, 11:30 AM (Agenda, Webcast)
- Public Hearing - September 21, 2020, 7:30 PM (Agenda, Webcast)
- Deliberations and Possible Action - October 12, 2020, 7:30 PM (Agenda, Webcast)
City Council Action - Adoption of Ordinance No. 20642
- August 10, 2020 Memo on Digital Billboards and Traffic Safety
- Testimony through September 14, 2020
- Testimony received September 21, 2020
For more information, contact Mike McKerrow, Associate Planner, at 541-682-5288 or MMckerrow@eugene-or.gov
Secondary / Accessory Dwellings (City File CA 18-1)
Implementation of Senate Bill 1051
City Council approved amendments to the land use code related to the allowance of secondary or accessory dwellings on June 11, 2018. Copies of the ordinances are available here Opens a New Window. and here Opens a New Window. .
The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) issued a decision remanding the City Council’s ordinances on November 29, 2018, meaning they are no longer in effect. LUBA’s decision is available here Opens a New Window. .
City Council held a work session on February 20, 2019 to begin addressing the remand. Meeting materials and a webcast of the meeting are available here. At the meeting, Council reviewed the accessory dwelling regulations raised in the LUBA appeal to provide an initial determination if they are “reasonable regulations relating to siting and design” consistent with SB 1051. Council provided direction for staff to return with a proposed ordinance to eliminate some regulations along with findings to justify how the remaining regulations raised in the LUBA appeal are consistent with SB 1051. The regulations proposed to be removed are:
- Prohibition on New Flag Lots
- Owner/Occupancy Requirement
- Maximum Bedroom Limitation
- Maximum Occupancy Limitation
- Dog Keeping Limitation
City Council Public Hearing
The City Council public hearing on the proposed ordinance was held May 20, 2019 at 7:30pm.
- Testimony through May 6, 2019
- Testimony from May 7 through June 17, 2019
- Testimony from June 18 through October 4, 2019
- Testimony from October 5, 2019 through January 6, 2020
City Council Action
City Council took action on ADUs at their January 21, 2020 work session. Meeting materials are available here.
The City of Eugene is looking at updating the current bicycle parking standards. The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in Eugene’s land use code. For more information, contact Reed Dunbar at 541-682-5727 or RDunbar@eugene-or.gov.