South Willamette Background Info

Latest Update

The proposed South Willamette Special Area Zone and design code that followed the recommendations of the South Willamette Concept Plan has been withdrawn. The land use application was withdrawn by the Eugene City Council as of May 10, 2016. This information page is for reference only.


South Willamette Area: Concept Plan

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The vision includes an attractive, healthy, walkable neighborhood with successful businesses and new opportunities for jobs and housing.


The study of the South Willamette district is part of Envision Eugene, the city’s plan for how to accommodate jobs and places to live for our growing population over the next twenty years.   The South Willamette Concept Plan began as a pilot for the Envision Eugene area planning strategy.  The district encompasses the vital South Willamette Street area from 23rd to 32nd Avenues and from Amazon Park to the base of College Hill.

The Concept Plan is a product of a robust community process involving over 600 people through workshops, online and email input, presentations and regular updates.  Following extensive public engagement and discussion, the final draft of the South Willamette Concept Plan was accepted by the Planning Commission on April15, 2013, and presented to the City Council on June 19, 2013.  The Concept Plan provides a vision for the South Willamette district to successfully blend a range of housing and jobs in a desirable community setting.
 
Check the South Willamette Area Planning web page for more information on implementation of the vision.

Public Engagement Milestones

September 4, 2013 Beyond the Travel Lanes

October 30, 2012 Revised Concept Plan

June 29, 2012 Revised Concept Plan

December 2011 Workshop Design Ideas

October 2011 Design Workshop

Spring 2011 UO Architecture Design Studio

March 2011 Community Ideas for South Willamette


South Willamette Area: Design Code

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The South Willamette Special Area Zone was developed to implement the South Willamette Concept Plan (SWCP), created by the community between 2011 and 2013. The vision includes an attractive, healthy, walkable neighborhood with successful businesses and new opportunities for jobs and housing. The proposed design code follows the recommendations of the South Willamette Concept Plan. The design code shares goals with the South Willamette Concept Plan, including:

  • Supporting a well-connected, healthy, and walkable district
  • Creating opportunities for more commercial jobs and homes, including a greater diversity of housing types
  • Setting standards for the physical form and scale of future development
  • Setting standards for active, successful streets and public realm
  • Realizing principles for compatible building design and transitions

South Willamette Special Area Zone Fact Sheets

The SW-SAZ fact sheets were developed to highlight the differences between the proposed design code standards and current code. Download a pdf version of the Fact Sheets here.

Proposed Design Code: Adoption Process

The proposed South Willamette Special Area Zone (SW-SAZ) was recommended for adoption to the City Council by the Planning Commission in August 2015.

Project Information

For more of an overview of general concepts with general provisions, check out the following documents:

Height Change Map

This map shows the proposed increases and decreases to existing height limits.


Proposed Design Code Concepts

Proposed Code Standards Concepts
Design standards, single family options, transitions, street design and flexibility.

Contact

  1. Planning Division


    Jennifer Knapp
    Urban Designer
    99 W. 10th Avenue
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Ph: 541-682-5445
    Email