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World Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of track and field and contains 214 member federations (i.e. competing teams). World Athletics’ premier event is the World Athletics Championships, which takes place once every two years. The term ’athletics’ outside the U.S. means ’track and field.’
Due to COVID-19, World Athletics postponed the Championships from August 2021 to July 2022. The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event will take place in Eugene, Oregon, at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field July 15-24, 2022. It will be the first time in history that the Championships will take place on U.S. soil. ‘WCH Oregon22’ is the official acronym for this event.
The event will be hosted in partnership with USA Track & Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States.
This will be the third track and field championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The IAAF World Junior Championships made its U.S. debut in TrackTown USA in the summer of 2014 and the IAAF World Indoor Championships was hosted in Portland in March of 2016.
The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event is coming to Eugene, Oregon July 15-24, 2022. The majority of the events will take place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.
Experience the Championships live in Hayward Field at the University of Oregon this summer from July 15-24! Check out the event schedule, look at 3D seat views, and buy tickets here (TicketMaster is the official ticketing partner).
The Local Organizing Committee is called Oregon22. This organization is a tax-exempt subsidiary of Track Town USA, Inc. (an Oregon non-profit corporation) that has been established to deliver the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Oregon22 LOC is partnering with USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in this country, and communities around the state to welcome the world in 2022. The City of Eugene is represented on this committee as a primary stakeholder to ensure the delivery of a world-class event that will have a lasting positive impact on our community.
A preliminary economic impact report, conducted by Travel Lane County with economic consulting firm ECONorthwest in the fall of 2015, estimated spending by visitors at $52 million of direct spending associated with the event itself. The report also shows direct spending by visitors and by the event totaling $138 million with a total output (value of goods and services produced) of $205 million.
As for other large-scale track and field meets, Travel Lane County reports:
World Athletics Council released a statement regarding sanctions on Member Federations of Russia and Belarus.
Become a volunteer by registering to join Crew22, the WCH Oregon22 workforce. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old by the time of the Championships, and no prior volunteer (or track and field) experience is required! Some of the roles include welcoming fans to the stadium, assisting the media, and providing support to technical officials during the competition.
Sign up for email updates to stay updated on the official Championship event, and follow @WCHoregon22 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Follow the City’s @2022eugene Instagram and Facebook pages for coverage on how Eugene is preparing to be a Host City for the World Athletics Championships, including opportunities for the community to get involved.
The City of Eugene’s ultimate vision for Oregon22 is to support the event, engage the community, and inspire the world. A few examples of how the organization is leveraging the event for the betterment of the community include the following projects:
The City of Eugene is also hosting the Eugene Riverfront Festival in conjunction with the WCH Oregon22 event. Two major themes represented in the festival will be equity/inclusion and environmental sustainability. See the FAQs below for details on the festival.
The Eugene Riverfront Festival is a free, community fan festival that will celebrate the best of Eugene and Oregon during WCH Oregon22. As Eugene welcomes the world in this once-in-a-lifetime global event, the City of Eugene and REVERE, a local event production company, are working in tandem to create an event that is the cornerstone of a “never before experienced city celebration” at the new Downtown Riverfront Park.
Activities will be happening at the new Downtown Riverfront Park from July 15-24. Schedule will be released soon.
The vision is to celebrate Eugene and Oregon, with the festival serving as a primary “experience hub” during the Championships. It is an opportunity for Eugene to welcome visitors and celebrate the diversity of cultures that make up Eugene.
As part of the planning process, the City is honored to welcome nine incredible organizations as members of the Eugene Riverfront Festival Equity Panel. Their expertise and vision are helping to shape this once-in-a-lifetime global event. Panel members include:
It is recommended to use a third-party site, such as Airbnb and Vrbo, to rent out your house (or a room or two). If you live in the City of Eugene, you need to register your unit to participate in the short-term rental marketplace. It’s free! Visit this website to fill out the form. Check out this blog post from Eugene, Cascades and Coast (a.k.a. Travel Lane County) for more helpful information on renting your house during WCH Oregon22.
Businesses have many opportunities during WCH Oregon22 and to get involved:
All youth are invited to get involved in the Championships through the WCH Oregon22’s youth engagement program Making Tracks. Targeting K-12 students, the Making Tracks website has informative resources, lesson plan ideas, and activities.
A collaborative transportation working group is tasked with moving people around the city during the ten days of the event. Information on park and rides and shuttles will be released the month leading up to the event. It is highly recommended that people throughout the region take advantage of all of the local active transportation options available, such as the PeaceHealth bike share system, Lane Transit District bus system, walking and bike trails, and more. Check out Travel Lane County’s Championships Transportation webpage to learn more.
By utilizing the hotel inventory, student apartment complexes, and the Airbnb and Vrbo market, there is supply of beds for World Athletics staff, athletes and team officials, members of the media, and spectators. Check out Travel Lane County's Accommodations page for more information. Experience from hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials indicates that spectators also choose to stay in communities up and down the I-5 corridor and other cities within Lane County. The compression of visitors will extend throughout the state, about a100 mile radius around Eugene.
In advance of the World Athletics Championships and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene Parks & Open Space program launched 2,021 for 2021: an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021. While working hard to clean the air, giant sequoias also make our community more attractive, livable, and prosperous. They have been planted in shared public areas such as parks and street medians, as well as in private spaces like schools, local businesses, and homes. The 2,021 for 2021 project ultimately will boost Eugene’s urban forest and turn hosting the Championships into a more sustainable opportunity for the southern Willamette Valley. All of the trees have been planted! To learn more, please visit website linked above or email project lead Scott Altenhoff with Urban Forestry.
City of Eugene staff decided to keep the name of this project as-is (keeping the name ’2021’ instead of changing it to ’2022’) in the spirit of capturing the excitement and enthusiasm the community held for the World Athletics Championships event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. New projects are underway that take long-term community recovery from COVID-19 into account and will be promoted accordingly.
In advance of the World Athletics Championships and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene Cultural Services program launched the 20x21 Mural Project: an initiative that aimed to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals leading up to the World Championships. The project has been led by a highly engaged committee representing collaboration across sectors including communications, law, architecture, small business, nonprofit, and the arts. 20×21 aims to bring color and life to Eugene’s urban landscape to foster pride and contribute to a sense of identity. To date, the project has brought 24 murals in total to the city.
City of Eugene staff decided to keep the name of this project as-is (keeping the name ’2021’ instead of changing it to ’2022’) in the spirit of capturing the excitement and enthusiasm the community held for the World Athletics Championships event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. New projects are underway that take long-term community recovery from COVID-19 into account and will be promoted accordingly.
The City of Eugene is a national leader in responsible event management. Between the Waste Prevention, Transportation, and Climate teams at the City, there is always a strong focus and collaborative mindset on how to achieve our city’s many sustainability goals. Eugene set the bar high at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, which earned the International Olympic Committee’s highest sustainability honor, Sport and the Environment Award. This recognition was leveraged by City staff to create the We Can! sustainable events program, which offers technical assistance and educational resources to anyone delivering an event in Eugene. The Responsible Events Framework, developed by the City of Eugene with support from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, serves as a tool that any event planner can use to plan a sustainable event in any community.
The Eugene Riverfront Festival is working with sustainability operations company Kilowatt One to ensure the highest level of sustainability is achieved. WCH Oregon22 is contracting with local nonprofit BRING Recycling to deliver event services at Hayward Field. Both events will work toward achieving the highest level of certification from third-party event certifier, Council for Responsible Sport.
The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event will take place at Hayward Field at University of Oregon. Learn more about the venue by clicking here.
Please check the list of acceptable forms of identification and exemptions at TSA’s website.
Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 3, 2023.
Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States.Read more about Real ID at TSA.
Per the TSA website : In the event you arrive at the airport without valid identification, because it is lost or at home, you may still be allowed to fly. The TSA officer may ask you to complete an identity verification process which includes collecting information such as your name, current address, and other personal information to confirm your identity. If your identity is confirmed, you will be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint. You will be subject to additional screening, to include a patdown and screening of carry-on property.
You will not be allowed to enter the security checkpoint if your identity cannot be confirmed, you choose to not provide proper identification or you decline to cooperate with the identity verification process.
TSA recommends that you arrive at least two hours in advance of your flight time.
Please arrive 2 hours before your scheduled flight. Check with your airline for specifics.
The Eugene Airport follows the guidance and policies for COVID-19 set forth by the Governor and Lane County Health. Masks are no longer required but are optional. Passengers should check with their airline and with their destination for any possible additional COVID-19 requirements. No proof of COVID-19 testing is required for entry to the Eugene Airport. For updated information on Covid-19 information contact Lane County Public health using the link provided above or visit the City of Eugene website www.eugene-or.gov/coronavirus
The Eugene Airport does not have a testing site. Please contact Lane County Public Health or your Physician for testing information.
You will need to contact one of our airlines to see what the fees and rules are regarding shipping live animals.
Please visit our Lost and Found page for more information on how to report lost items.
Know what you can pack in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport by reviewing the lists of prohibited items on TSA’s website.
TSA has a Customer Service page that will provide you with various ways to reach someone.
Yes! You can contact IdentoGO to set up an appointment at the Eugene location.
The public area of the Eugene airport terminal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The businesses that provide services at the airport establish their own hours of operation, please contact these businesses directly for their hours of operation. Arriving and departing passengers are welcome to stay in the public areas of the airport in order to facilitate their travel needs.
Please contact your airline directly for assistance in locating your lost baggage.
Please visit our Accessibility page for information.
There is one private ATM located in the airport terminal. Foreign currency exchange services are not offered at Eugene Airport.
Please see the latest FAA rules for flying drones.
There is currently no reservation system for parking at Eugene Airport
Unfortunately, we do not have shuttle service available, Please use the pedestrian crosswalk and the covered walkway to reach the terminal.
Yes! We have a 30 minute grace period in all of our Parking lots. We also have a Cell Phone Lot located on Old Airport Rd. Just watch for the sign as you approach the approach the airport.You can park here for free and wait for your passenger to let you know that they have arrived and are at the curbside pick up area outside of the terminal.*Please note - parking at the curbside area in front of the terminal is not allowed. This area is for passenger loading and unloading only. If your passenger is not curbside when you arrive, please continue to the exit and circle back around.
Help is only seconds away! You can speak to a live attendant by pressing the Help button on the kiosk touchscreen.
The Terminal's front curb is for passenger loading and unloading only and parking is not allowed. If your passenger is not curbside when you arrive, please continue to the exit and circle back around. EUG does provide a 30 minute grace period in our parking lots, as well as a Cell Phone lot located on Airport Road.You can park here for free and wait for your passenger to let you know that they have arrived and are at the curbside pick-up area outside of the terminal.
Upon exit, press the HELP button on the kiosk screen and inform the attendant that you have an ADA or Wounded Warrior placard. They will assist you in activating the discounted rate.ADA spaces will be charged the Economy Lot rate of $10 per day (midnight to midnight).Wounded Warriors will receive the first 14 days at no charge, following days will be charged at the Economy Lot rate of $10 per day (midnight to midnight)
Parking cost is often the determining factor for choosing which lot to park in. All lots are available, regardless of length of stay, but daily rates differ. Enter your Entry/Exit information into our Parking Calculator to see an approximate cost for your length of stay at each lot.
Any person who needs to park in any of the parking lots for more than 30 days must get prior approval from EUG Parking. Without prior approval, a vehicle may be subject to citation and towing at the owner's expense.
At this time EUG cannot accommodate vehicles with trailers. We encourage you to make other transportation arrangements.
You must contact Ground Transportation 541-632-2131 to determine the best parking accommodations for you oversized vehicles.
All of our parking lots are very well lit!
EUG has loaner Jumper Packs available for dead battery issues, please call;
541-632-2131 during business hours541-954-6584 after hours
Please call the appropriate service for any other car related issues.
We have a bicycle rack located in front of the terminal . You can also use one of our bike lockers free of charge. Bike lockers must be coordinated in advance by filling out an online form here
Just press the HELP button on the kiosk touchscreen to speak to a live attendant who can help you.
The Eugene Airport currently does not have any electric vehicle charging stations
The Community Safety System works to keep everyone safe. This system is made up of interdependent City departments and community partners. Each relies on the other in different situations.
Our Community Safety System is stressed:
The Eugene City Council passed the Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance (No. 20616) in June 2019 to provide long-term funding for community safety services. The Community Safety Payroll Tax is expected to generate funds to provide faster, more efficient safety responses, deter crime, connect people to services, engage and help at-risk youth, support more investigations and court services, and add jail beds to reduce capacity-based releases and hold those who commit crimes accountable.
A Community Safety Revenue Team was formed to develop a funding recommendation for the City Manager. The Revenue Team included three City Councilors, current and former Budget Committee members, and the Chair of the Police Commission. The revenue team studied many different types of funding options, ranging from levies to a combination of other taxes or fees. You can see the list and analysis of all revenue alternatives considered in the Revenue Team’s Final Report. Also see key discussion points from the Revenue Team’s recent analysis of two specific alternative funding options: River Road/Santa Clara Annexation and a City personal income tax.
The team took into consideration the amount of money needed, the administrative effort and potential costs, and the stability and reliability of the funds. They also considered the fairness of the different options, their feasibility within Eugene and how the option related to the community safety need. The team also reviewed the potential economic, environmental, and social equity impacts – also known as the triple bottom line. They focused on a payroll tax as they concluded their research.
In the long term, gross payroll appears to be a sustainable and growing revenue source that can weather economic cycles and keep pace with general and wage inflation impacts on recommended service funding levels.
A payroll tax is paid by employees, self-employed persons, and/or employers and is usually calculated as a percentage of gross payroll or wages. Learn more about the Community Safety Payroll Tax.
The measure passed by Council includes critical accountability requirements to ensure the funding is used as directed including:
To ensure accountability for the expenditure of Community Safety payroll tax, the City Manager has convened a Community Safety Citizen Advisory Board. This group will review the use of payroll tax funds and report on the City’s use of the tax revenue each year. In addition, after seven years the board will conduct a comprehensive review of the City’s community safety system, use of the payroll tax revenues, and compliance with the ordinance. All reports will be provided to the City Council and public.
Read more about the Citizen Advisory Board and see a list of members.
Yes, all employees earning wages and salaries within the City of Eugene would pay the employee portion of the payroll tax – including public employees.
Public employers would be exempt from the proposed payroll tax because intergovernmental taxation is prohibited. Without express authority, one government entity cannot tax another.
Watch the July 20 City Council Work Session. Eugene Police Chief Skinner gives a presentation and the Council has a discussion about public safety funding and how to most effectively bring a broad array of perspectives and priorities into our discussions of structural change.
Allocation of Funds:
Funding from the local marijuana tax does support community safety. The local marijuana tax collected almost $1 million in 2018; that money supports parks security, Community Court, human services, and a portion has been set aside to fund homeless shelter options. Funding for a local option levy was also considered by the Community Safety Revenue Team, but a new levy would yield less than $10 million annually and isn’t considered a permanent funding source as a levy would need to be renewed every five years. These other options do not meet the funding needed to provide services for our Community Safety System.
The majority of city funds (78.3%) come from user fees and property taxes, which are primarily paid by city residents. There are some taxes that come from other sources to help provide the services used by residents, visitors, and others who spend time in Eugene. The local transient room tax, for example, is paid by people who visit Eugene and stay in a local hotel or similar accommodation. The local gas tax is paid by people who stop for gas in Eugene. While the people paying those taxes do not live or vote in Eugene, they do take part in the services provided by the city, including use of local roads, public safety and emergency services, and the cultural events and programs held in Eugene. Likewise, when Eugene residents travel or work outside of the city, they also contribute to local taxes in other communities.
El sistema de seguridad comunitaria trabaja para mantener seguros a todos. Este sistema está formado por departamentos y colaboradores comunitarios interdependientes de la ciudad. Cada uno depende del otro en diferentes situaciones.
Nuestro sistema de seguridad comunitaria está saturado:
El Consejo de la ciudad de Eugene aprobó la ordenanza del impuesto sobre la nómina para la seguridad comunitaria (No. 20616) (Community Safety Payroll Tax Ordinance (No. 20616)) en junio de 2019, a fin de proporcionar una financiación a largo plazo para servicios de seguridad comunitaria. Se espera que el impuesto sobre la nómina para la seguridad comunitaria genere fondos para proporcionar respuestas de seguridad más rápidas y eficaces, impida actos delictivos, conecte a personas con servicios, involucre y ayude a jóvenes en situación de riesgo, respalde más investigaciones y servicios judiciales, y agregue camas de cárcel para reducir las liberaciones basadas en la capacidad y retener a aquellos que cometan delitos imputables.
Se formó un equipo de ingresos públicos para la seguridad comunitaria, a fin de elaborar una recomendación sobre maneras de financiar para el administrador municipal. El equipo de ingresos públicos incluyó a tres concejales municipales, miembros actuales y anteriores del comité de presupuesto y el presidente de la comisión policial. El equipo de ingresos públicos estudió muchos tipos diferentes de opciones de financiación, variando de gravámenes a una combinación de otros impuestos o tarifas. Puede ver la lista y el análisis de todas las alternativas de ingreso público consideradas en el informe final del equipo de ingresos públicos (en inglés). También vea los puntos clave del debate del reciente análisis de dos opciones alternativas específicas de la financiación por parte del equipo de ingresos públicos: Anexión de la Calle River/Santa Clara y un impuesto personal sobre la renta de la ciudad (en inglés).
El equipo tuvo en cuenta la cantidad de dinero necesaria, el esfuerzo administrativo y los posibles costos, y la estabilidad y fiabilidad de los fondos. También consideró la ecuanimidad de las diferentes opciones, su viabilidad dentro de Eugene y cómo estaba relacionada la opción con la necesidad de seguridad comunitaria. Además, el equipo examinó los posibles impactos económicos, medioambientales y en equidad social. Se concentraron en un impuesto sobre la nómina cuando concluyeron su investigación.
A largo plazo, la nómina bruta parece ser una fuente de ingresos públicos sostenibles y cada vez mayores que puede hacer frente a los ciclos económicos y seguir el ritmo de los impactos inflacionarios generales y de sueldos en niveles recomendados de financiación de servicios.
El impuesto sobre la nómina lo pagan los empleados, las personas que trabajan por su cuenta y/o los empleadores y, por lo general, se calcula como porcentaje de una nómina o sueldos brutos. Obtenga información adicional sobre el impuesto sobre la nómina para la seguridad comunitaria (en inglés.
La medida aprobada por el Consejo incluye requisitos decisivos de rendición de cuentas, para asegurarse de que se utilice la financiación como se indica, incluyendo:
Para asegurar la rendición de cuentas del gasto del impuesto sobre la nómina para la seguridad comunitaria, el administrador municipal ha convocado a un consejo consultivo de ciudadanos para la seguridad comunitaria. Este grupo examinará el uso de los fondos del impuesto sobre la nómina e informará cada año sobre el uso de los ingresos impositivos por parte de la ciudad. Además, después de siete años, el consejo llevará a cabo una revisión completa del sistema de seguridad comunitaria de la ciudad, el uso de los ingresos públicos del impuesto sobre la nómina y el cumplimiento de la ordenanza. Todos los informes se proporcionarán al Consejo de la Ciudad y al público.
Sí, todos los empleados que ganen sueldos y salarios en la ciudad de Eugene pagarían la porción del empleado del impuesto sobre la nómina, incluso los empleados públicos.
Los empleadores públicos estarían exentos del impuesto propuesto sobre la nómina porque se prohíben los impuestos intergubernamentales. Sin autoridad expresa, una entidad gubernamental no le puede cobrar impuestos a otra.
*El Consejo de la Ciudad ha programado una sesión de trabajo el 20 de julio (en inglés) para revisar la iniciativa de seguridad comunitaria y hablar sobre los siguientes pasos con respecto a las inversiones en seguridad pública. El Consejo también hablará el 20 de julio sobre cómo presentar una amplia gama de perspectivas y prioridades en nuestros debates sobre un cambio estructural.
Asignación de fondos:
Los fondos que se recaudan del impuesto local a la marihuana respaldan la seguridad comunitaria. Se recaudó casi $1 millón de dólares en 2018 del impuesto local a la marihuana. Dicho dinero respalda la seguridad de los parques, el tribunal comunitario, los servicios humanos y se dejó a un lado una porción para financiar opciones de refugio para personas sin hogar. El equipo de ingresos públicos para la seguridad comunitaria también consideró los fondos del gravamen de opción local, pero un nuevo gravamen produciría menos de $10 millones de dólares anualmente y no se considera una fuente permanente de fondos, ya que un gravamen debería renovarse cada cinco años. Estas otras opciones no cubren la financiación necesaria para proporcionar servicios para nuestro sistema de seguridad comunitaria.
La mayor parte de los fondos municipales (78.3%) proviene de las tarifas de los usuarios y los impuestos a la propiedad, los cuales son pagados principalmente por los residentes de la ciudad. Hay algunos impuestos que provienen de otras fuentes, para ayudar a que se proporcionen los servicios que utilizan los residentes, visitantes y otras personas que pasen un tiempo en Eugene. Por ejemplo, el impuesto por hospedaje transitorio lo pagan las personas que visitan Eugene y se quedan en un hotel o alojamiento similar local. El impuesto local por gasolina lo pagan las personas que paran para obtener gasolina en Eugene. Aunque las personas que pagan dichos impuestos no vivan en Eugene, toman parte en los servicios provistos por la ciudad, incluyendo el uso de las calles locales, la seguridad pública y los servicios de emergencia, y los eventos y programas culturales que se llevan a cabo en Eugene. Asimismo, cuando los residentes de Eugene viajan o trabajan fuera de la ciudad, también contribuyen a los impuestos locales en otras comunidades.
Every 10 years, the Eugene City Council adjusts the council wards based on the Federal census. The basic purpose of redistricting is to bring the wards back to more equal population distribution. A similar process is underway throughout the country at every level, all in an effort to assure equal protection under the laws.
This process determines which neighborhoods and areas of the city are grouped together into a ward, for the purposes of electing City Councilors that represent each ward.
The City Council must determine any necessary adjustments to ward boundaries. This decision will occur late in 2021 or early in 2022, as Federal census data will not be made available until late-September of 2021, several months later than usual.
There will be multiple opportunities to engage in the process. In the spring, community members can provide input on the criteria that will be used to create new boundaries via a survey. Once Census data becomes available and different boundary scenarios are created, additional opportunities for input will be created. This will include additional online surveys, public forums and public hearings prior to key Council decision points.
The Eugene Charter provision related to redistricting is general and states:
Section 33. Wards. The council shall divide the city into wards and redefine the boundaries thereof as necessary to accord persons in the city the equal protection of the laws. No person may vote at a city election in a ward other than that in which he or she resides.
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. This is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. The Census Bureau is required by federal law to provide population counts to states by April 1, 2021, however this has been delayed to September 30, 2021.
The role of the census in maintaining representative government is strong. Apportionment of the U.S. Congress is only half of the process of distributing political power. Virtually all states rely on the census numbers for the redrawing of political districts within the states after apportionment. The Census Bureau has a responsibility to "work closely" with officials in the individual states before each census and to provide summary data for local areas such as election precincts and wards. These areas are the essential building blocks for creating new districts and wards.
The council adopts criteria to guide the ward boundary process. Those criteria are likely to address such issues as the allowable range of difference in populations among wards (in 2001, the City used a guideline of +/- 5 percent and +/-3 percent in 2011), anticipated growth in wards over the next 10 years, and such factors as neighborhood organization borders, geographical features and population demographics.
The actual redrawing of boundaries awaits preparation of the 2020 census data and transfer of that data to our local mapping system. The mapping itself will consider the distribution of population throughout the city, as well as the geographic and other features that help shape our community. Staff will prepare ward boundary options incorporating up-to-date population figures and reflecting criteria adopted by council. Council will review the data and ward boundary options, obtain public input, and select a plan that makes sense.
Section 44 of the Eugene City Charter provides that the Eugene Water & Electric Board be composed of five electors whose election is prescribed by ordinance. Section 2.175 of the Eugene Code, in turn, provides that one EWEB commissioner be elected from wards 1 and 8, one from wards 2 and 3, one from wards 4 and 5, one from wards 6 and 7, and one at large. Any changes to the council ward boundaries directly affects the districts EWEB commissioners represent.
Hold initial work session to share information, identify issues, and discuss general approach.
Provide information and obtain public input on criteria.
Council direction to staff on ward boundary options.
Give direction on boundary revisions or new ward options.
See our Job Posting Status page for regular updates throughout the selection process. This is your best source of information regarding the current status of each position.
The selection process varies according to the position, and can range from two weeks to several months, depending on the process.
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We encourage all eligible suppliers to gain certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Emerging Small Business (ESB), and/or a Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) through the State of Oregon Certification Office of Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID).
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Artists will submit applications using the submission form on the Urban Canvas page on the City of Eugene Cultural Services website. A book of artist submissions is compiled and Cultural Services staff act as the liaison between artists and wall owners. Wall owners will review the book and let us know which artist(s) they would like to commission to paint their wall. Then the fun begins!
The selection process will be based on individual selections from wall owners/project coordinators. If your work meets the desired aesthetics of a wall owner/project coordinators, Cultural Services staff will contact you with the next steps. Your submission will remain on file, unless otherwise noted. You may contact us at any time to remove or update your profile.
When a wall owner indicates interest in your work, you will be requested to create a budget for the project, which includes supplies, lift expenses (if needed), and your desired artist stipend. Urban Canvas can help you provide realistic estimates, if needed. In some cases, the project budget has already been predetermined, so you can make the choice to accept or pass on the project as offered.
Artists are not required to reside in Eugene, however, they must be able to make it to the mural site each day. Transportation, parking and lodging costs will not be provided or reimbursed.
If a wall owner is interested in your work, but you are not comfortable with the offered wall or project, you do not have to accept the proposal.
Each project will have its own timeline to be determined and agreed upon with the wall owner, artist and Urban Canvas.
Artists will have some level of creative freedom to create their murals, however designs must be approved and agreed upon by the artist, wall owners and Urban Canvas before any work can begin. Designs that include subjects of hateful imagery, pornography, or illegal/illicit activities (such as vandalism or drug use) will not be accepted for approval.
Mural costs include the artist stipend, supplies, and the rental of lifts or scaffolding (if needed).
Yes and no. We want wall owners to have a vested interest in the work being displayed on their buildings. However, artists will need to have some level of creative freedom to create their murals. Designs must be approved and agreed upon by the artist, wall owners and Urban Canvas before any work can begin. Designs that include subjects of hateful imagery, pornography, or illegal/illicit activities will not be accepted for approval.
No, not through this program. The objective of this project is to foster the artistic assets of the Eugene community, and to allow artists to develop their skills and talents through mural creation. Including a name or logo may change this project from a mural to a sign. The City of Eugene has ordinances that must be followed for signs. Please visit the City of Eugene Land Use website for more information.
All murals created with the help of Urban Canvas must be maintained for a minimum of 12 months post completion.
If you believe you have been the victim of housing discrimination, you may file a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Fair Housing Council, or file a lawsuit in state or federal court. You must file the complaint with HUD within one year of the housing discrimination incident. If you choose to file your own lawsuit in federal or state court, you must do so within two years of the incident. In addition, the Office of Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement may provide referral assistance where appropriate.
Taggers seeking underground recognition and fame cause almost all of the graffiti in Eugene-Springfield. "Tags" take the form of often unreadable words or initials, elaborate designs or bubble-style letters. Tags can derive from a unique name, street name or moniker. Taggers' tools are spray paint, large-tipped pens, devices that etch glass, or adhesive material used to apply tags to a surface. A group of taggers are called a "crew," and a common value among crews is non-conformity to rules or authority. Taggers often refer to themselves as "street artists" or "writers" and to their tags as "art." They don't view their acts as unlawful, believing that tagging is self-expression. However, their acts of vandalism to public and private property add up to thousands of dollars in restoration costs every day.
Graffiti is a gang's means of identifying "turf," proclaiming superiority over other gangs, and issuing challenges and threats to rivals. Unlike tagger graffiti, this type of graffiti will commonly spell out a gang name, their geographic area or a numeric identifier. It can sometimes show an entire list of gang nicknames called a "roll call" or "roster."
Skinhead/Hate Crime Graffiti
Whether it is gang related, hate crime or tagger graffiti, the result is the same: decreased property values, vandalized public assets, and increased fear and anger among residents, business owners and other citizens.
Most work done on a commercial property requires a permit. For the list of exemptions, refer to the Oregon Structural Specialty Code 2019 Edition, OSSC 105.2 Work Exempt from Permits.
When it is required that documents are prepared by a registered design professional, you will be required to indicate who will be the responsible professional in charge when submitting the application.
While we are not able to provide you with an exact estimate of permit fees, our office does publish a Commercial Fee Estimating Guide that provides a description of fees and tips for calculating the costs for your project. The most complex fee calculation for your project will be System Development Charges (SDCs). Although we are unable to provide an estimate of SDCs, our Public Works staff will be happy to explain the methodology for calculating this fee. Because SDCs often will be a significant amount, be sure to take this into consideration when planning your project.
The ground snow load in Eugene is approximately 11 psf at a elevation of 420 feet (OSSC 1608.2.2; http://snowload.seao.org). The ground snow load must be modified in accordance with ASCE 7-16 Table 7.2 for higher elevations. However, the minimum snow load and minimum sloped roof snow load of 20 psf typically govern design (see OSSC 1608.2.3 and 1608.2.4). An additional rain-on-snow surcharge load of 5 psf applies for flat roofs and roofs that constrain runoff. (OSSC 1608.2.5)
Basic design wind speeds for Eugene are as follows (OSSC Table 1609.3):
Most structures in Eugene are assigned Seismic Design Category D in accordance with OSSC 1613.2.5. Seismic design parameters should be obtained from https://hazards.atcouncil.org/.
New multi-family apartments constructed under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) require fire sprinklers.
Sprinklers may be required in new commercial buildings, additions to commercial buildings or a change of occupancy. Requirements for sprinklers are noted in the OSSC and the Fire Code (OFC). Each project requires individual review.
The requirements for fire suppression systems in a single family dwelling are determined by the size of the home, the available water supply at the street and the relative ease of access for the fire department to the house. The requirement for sprinkler systems for commercial buildings are found in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC).
Fees assessed for fire permits are found in the Construction and Development Fee Schedule.
Typical items inspected are:
Each project is different and we cannot provide firm estimates but do offer resources to aid your planning. The Commercial Fee Estimating Guide provides a description of fees and tips for calculating your costs. If you have questions regarding fees please contact our staff at 541-682-5505.
The length of time required to obtain your permit will depend on the complexity of your project and the completeness of your plans. After your project has been assigned a project coordinator, you will receive a Commitment Letter which will give you an estimate of the time required to complete the review of your project.
Most permits are valid for 360 days from the date they are issued, except stand-alone electrical permits which are valid for 180 days. Each time an inspection is scheduled AND completed, the permit’s expiration date will be extended for another 360 days. (Stand-alone electrical permit exception for 180 days also applies to this type of extension.)
You can search our Building Permit database for permits applied for as of June 1998. If the structure was built prior to 1998 you might want to consider submitting a Record Search Application. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee which will pay for the first 45 minutes of research through older permit records. In accordance with State guidelines, our office does not keep residential plans beyond two years after the completed date of the project. We do keep plans for commercial projects. After the commercial project has been completed the plans are stored on microfilm. To view microfilmed plans that are available before deciding if you would like copies of plans, please submit a Record Search Application and staff will contact you to set up an appointment time that will work for you.
The answer to this question is based on the zone a property is located in. For example, if a property is located in Low Density Residential (R-1), a secondary dwelling unit may be permitted as long as it meets zoning code standards. For general questions about our current requirements, you can email the Planner-On-Duty or call 541-682-5377. For information on additional dwellings in other zones see the Multifamily Permits page.
Typically fences can be built without a permit but must still meet land use standards. See the Fences and Accessory Structures handout for more information.
For sites within the city limits, Public Works staff may be able to determine the approximate distance of the property line from the street curb or sidewalk. If the original property pins (typically a metal post with a plastic tie or cap attached at the top) are still in place, you may be able to locate them by using a metal detector. To determine precise locations of property lines, you may need to engage the services of a private land surveyor.
The base charge for a site development permit, which includes reviews by Public Works and Land Use, is $963.56. Additional fees may apply depending upon the scope of work. If a plumbing permit is needed for a private storm sewer, building permit for grading or fill, or fire safety and systems review by the Fire Department, additional fees will apply. For limited site development work such as grading/fill only, the final fee can be less than the standard $963.56, depending on the number of cubic yards being moved from or placed on the lot.
It can be difficult for contractors to distinguish between private and public improvements, and the applicable standards differ – resulting in separate reviews and inspections that are part of an overall development process. All private improvement inspections must be requested through our online inspection scheduling application similar to other inspection requests.
You must request all required inspections on a project. Without approval for all inspections, a site development permit could expire and permit renewal (more fees) would be required. For information about the inspection process, contact inspection support staff Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 541-682-5283. If you do not have access to a computer, our inspection support staff will also be able to assist you in scheduling the inspection.
A STR, or short-term rental, is a unit with a rental period of less than 30 days.
There is no fee to register a STR. All STRs pay Transient Room Tax. More information about the Transient Room Tax is available here.
For process/policy-related STR questions, please contact Lydia Bishop. For Registration questions, please contact Jimi Parker.
No, properties that have a Eugene address but are located in unincorporated Lane County are not required to register.
A sign permit application is required for each sign on a property, regardless of the number of signs proposed. Staff will review the application and use a checklist to determine if the plans are complete for intake. The following information is required for each sign permit application: • Sign application; • Signed electrical application (if the sign is illuminated); • Site plan, elevation drawing, and attachment details (see Sign Permit Plan Requirement Checklist).
Sign permit applications should be submitted online through eBuild.
A building permit is NOT required for the following signs types:Freestanding signs that meet ALL of the following requirements: 1) Overall height less than 12 feet 2) The horizontal sign dimension is less than twice the vertical sign dimension 3) The sign area is less than 100 square feet 4) The sign is mounted to a steel pole which is: a) embedded in a concrete footing b) extends vertically through the sign cabinetWall signs that meet ALL of the following requirements: 1) The sign is attached to the wall of a building 2) The plane of the sign is parallel to the plane of the building wall 3) The sign projects no more that 9 inches from the face of the wall 4) The sign does not extend beyond the sides or top of the wall 5) The sign is anchored to the wall structure with a minimum type and number of fasteners evenly distributed over the area of the sign as follows based on the structure of the wall a) Wood stud wall: 1/4-in lag screws with 2-in penetration into studs or blocking (one per 12 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum: b) Steel stud wall: #12 sheet metal screws into studs or blocking (one per 4 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum) c) Concrete/CMU wall: 1/4-in Titen screws (or similar) with 2-in penetration (one per 8 square feet of sign area; four screws minimum)
Please contact Building staff or call 541-682-5613 for more information.
Your sign permit application will be assigned a permit number. Within three days of permit application acceptance, you will receive a commitment date for review. The commitment date is when you can expect a permit approval or notification that additional information is needed. You may also review a permit’s progress through the City’s permit tracking system using the permit number, the street address, or your business name.
The building was originally constructed as a Montgomery Ward department store. Lane Community College (LCC) used it as its downtown educational center from 1979 until 2012. LCC vacated the property when it moved to its new building, the Mary Spilde Center, at 10th Avenue and Olive Street.
The City of Eugene bought the building from LCC in April 2020, with the intent to redevelop it into mixed-income housing. The City has identified resources that could be directed to support project and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for mixed-income housing. We received one proposal in response to the RFP. City Council is scheduled to vote whether they would like to move ahead with that proposal at a June 9, 2021 Work Session.
The proposed project is a new 6-story building, called the Montgomery. It includes the following:
The building will also include green building features and will be certified under LEED Multifamily criteria.
In this FAQ, when we refer to “Affordable Housing” we are referring to income-qualified, subsidized housing for low-income individuals. This FAQ also generally discusses housing affordability. Housing is considered affordable when a household spends no more than 1/3 of their income on housing.
For information on the different kinds of subsidies used to support Affordable Housing, see Question 7. What are the tools available to support lower-income Affordable Housing?
Just over half of the Montgomery’s units (51%) will be affordable to households with incomes at 80% of the Eugene’s area median income (AMI). The federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides annual updates of income levels and allowed rents for different household sizes. The proposed rents meet the federal definition of affordable for households at 80% AMI. HUD’s 2020 income definition of 80% of AMI for a single-person household is $39,200, which is the annual earnings for a full-time worker earning $18.84 an hour. The Oregon Employment Department shows that housekeepers, retail clerks, and security guards, and many other job types, typically earn this wage.
This is different from other Affordable Housing projects in Eugene, which are available to households at lower income levels, typically 60% AMI or below. The project at 1059 Willamette targets households with incomes at or below 80% AMI. These households would be ineligible for Eugene’s existing Affordable Housing developments, yet many are housing cost burdened, which means a household spends more than 1/3 of their income on housing.
City Council will make a final decision about the public investment in this proposed project at a future work session. City Council is considering approving the use of these tools:
Most of the financial tools and subsidies we have to support housing development are only available for housing that is affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of area median income (AMI). Most of these tools are competitive, which means that each proposed housing development is competing for the funds against other housing developments. The financial demand regularly exceeds the available funds. Additionally, there are few tools available to construct housing for moderate-income households that earn between 60% AMI and 80% AMI—yet those households have difficulty finding housing within their budget.
The 1059 Willamette property is unique in that we had an opportunity to use a resource specific to this location – Downtown Urban Renewal funds. The proposed mixed-income housing project is an innovative use of local resources to create housing for people earning incomes at a level that makes it difficult to find housing that is affordable. This project is not using the limited federal and state resources that are available to lower-income housing, which will allow those resources to fund other housing projects in our community.
See Question 7. What are the tools available to support lower-income Affordable Housing? for information on Affordable Housing tools. See Question 8. Is the City doing anything else to create Affordable Housing? to learn more about how the City supports development for households with incomes less than 60% AMI.
Affordable (rental) Housing is typically available to households with incomes at or below 60% of AMI and receives federal, state, or local development resources or ‘subsidies’ to be able to offer rents at that level. In the Eugene area, some examples of Affordable Housing providers are St. Vincent de Paul, Homes for Good, Cornerstone Community Housing, and DevNW. The developers apply for public resources and leverage private funds to make developments happen. It takes many partnerships and many funding sources to create new Affordable Housing. The City provides specific subsidies to support housing development serving households with incomes at 60% AMI and below. Rents in Affordable Housing are restricted so they are more “affordable” to low-income households, which generally means the household would spend less than 1/3 of its income on housing. The owner of the housing development collects less rent than in a market-rate housing project—however, the cost of construction is the same. In order to make Affordable Housing financially feasible, some financial subsidy must fill the financial gap between the cost of construction and the income generated from rents. If there is a gap, construction is not financially feasible, and the project will not move forward.
There are a variety of tools available to fill the financial gap. There are federal, state, and local programs. Most new Affordable Housing developments typically use multiple tools. A summary of the typical available tools is below:
Eligible Income Level
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
A federal program that creates a tax incentive to construct or rehabilitate Affordable rental Housing for low-income households. Individual projects compete to receive these funds through Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and not every proposed project is awarded.
Available to projects targeting households at or below 60% AMI.
HOME Investment Partnership Program
A federal program that is administered through the Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium, led by City of Eugene. These federal funds can be used for acquisition of existing residential and non-residential building for conversion to Affordable Housing, or for new construction. The Eugene-Springfield Consortium awards funds through an annual Housing Request for Proposals.
Housing Development Grant “Trust Fund” Program
A federal program administered by OHCS directly to housing developments. The maximum funding amount for any one project is $500,000 per funding cycle. Individual projects compete to receive these funds and not every proposed project is awarded.
Supports development for households at or below 30% AMI.
General Housing Account Program (GHAP)
A State program offered to housing developments in partnership with other OHCS administered funding sources.
Supports development for households at or below 80% AMI.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Land Acquisition (Land Bank) program
A federal program administered by the City, the City uses part of its CDBG allocation to buy land for Affordable Housing developments.
Available to projects targeting households at or below 80% AMI.
CDBG Rental Rehabilitation program
The City uses part of its CDBG allocation to offer low interest loans to rehabilitate affordable rental housing.
Available to developments serving households at or below 80% AMI.
Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE)
This local program offers a 20-year property-tax exemption for qualified rental properties.
City of Eugene Systems Development Charge (SDC) Exemptions
This City program offers exemptions for SDCs for Affordable Housing developments. There is an annual cap on available funds.
Available to rental housing developments targeting households at or below 60% AMI, and homeownership developments targeting households at or below 80% AMI.
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
The City of Eugene established this fund in 2019, funded by a Construction Excise Tax on new residential and commercial construction. The funds for development are awarded through a competitive Request for Proposals process.
Available to projects targeting households at or below 100% AMI.
While the City does not own, operate, build, or manage housing, we collaborate with nonprofit and other partners to assess the City’s housing needs, determine strategies to address priority needs, and identify resources to implement the strategies. The City has worked with Affordable Housing providers to create and maintain Affordable Housing in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area. As of April 2021, the City is supporting 9 recently completed or upcoming affordable housing projects with the use of federal HOME funds, SDC exemptions, or LIRHPTEs.
These 9 projects represent the creation of 385 new Affordable Housing units in Eugene in the past year or the near future: 100 units were completed in the last year, 115 units are under construction, and 170 are in the pipeline. Of these 385 Affordable Housing units, 126 are Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), a model designed to provide housing and supportive services on a long-term basis to people who are experiencing homelessness. Of the 126 PSH Eugene units, 66 have been completed, 15 are under construction, and 45 are in the pipeline. The TAC report recommended adding 350 PSH units in Lane County (Eugene’s prorated share is 263 units) in five years with a focus on single adults.
Affordable Housing Project
Number of Units
Market District Commons (6th/Oak)
Commons on MLK (2411 MLK Jr. Blvd)
Iris Place (1531 River Rd.)
Sarang (1604 Taney St.)
The Nel (11th/Charnelton)
In the pipeline
Lincoln St. Apartments (11th/Lincoln)
The Lucy (850 Hunsaker Ln.)
Royal Ave. homeownership project (5220 Royal Ave.)
Information on the City’s programs to address Affordable Housing can be found on the Community Development webpage. The City’s strategy to address Affordable Housing development using federal funds is guided by the Eugene-Springfield 2020 Consolidated Plan. See Question 7 What are the tools available to support lower-income Affordable Housing? for information on the City’s tools.
The proposed Montgomery project is a mix of income-qualified and market-rate units. Because the City used federal CDBG funds to buy the property from LCC, at least 51% of the units must be offered at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income and rent levels for 80% Area Median Income (AMI) households. HUD identifies income levels for different household sizes and the proposed rents are based on these income levels. The rents for the income-qualified units below are based on 80% AMI incomes for 1- and 2-person households. For example, the 2020 income limit for an 80% AMI 1-person household is $39,200. For that person to not be cost-burdened, they must pay no more than 1/3 of their income on rent and utilities, which is $980 per month. The income-qualified rents below reflect the 2020 federal HUD income limits, minus an allowance for utility costs.
The proposal shows estimated rents for the market-rate units. These rents will ultimately be what renters in the market are willing to pay. The rents presented in the proposal are consistent with current rents for comparable properties in and near the downtown, also shown in the table below.
Proposed Units and Rents
Current Rents In and Near Downtown*
# of Units
# of units
*Source: Apartments.com, April 2021
Income qualification is a standard process for Affordable Housing projects. All the households in the income-qualified units would have their incomes verified by the property manager at 80% of AMI or less at the time of moving in to qualify to live there. The development team includes both Cornerstone Community Housing and Affinity Property Management, who both have experience verifying income levels. As with other Affordable Housing developments, the City of Eugene would monitor the process to qualify the residents using the most current CDBG income limits.
Because the City used Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to acquire the site, the project is required to maintain 80% AMI income restrictions in at least 51% of the units for at least 20 years. This is called the ‘affordability period.’ The development team has committed to maintaining the affordability period for 35 years.
The City received one proposal to redevelop 1059 Willamette. The team consists of:
The City received only one submission in response to the Request for Proposals. Given the challenges of redeveloping the site and meeting the rent requirements, it is not surprising that the City did not receive multiple proposals. This is a unique, challenging, and complicated project. There are challenges working with a constrained L-shaped site with a vacant, unmaintained building. It is difficult to construct buildings downtown, due to the tight physical space. In addition, the mixed-income housing model is complex. It requires an understanding of both the market-rate and Affordable-Housing development realms, including the knowledge of how to navigate federal Affordable Housing requirements.
Other developers in Eugene expressed interest in the RFP, and we asked why they did not submit a proposal. We learned that some had a lack of capacity to take on additional work. Others reported that they would be interested in the project if it had included the corner lot, but they were unable to acquire that parcel.
Eugene is facing a housing crisis and there is a need for housing at all income levels. By adding new, more affordable, below-market housing options, housing mobility is encouraged, which can relieve pressure on the stock of lowest income housing options that have the highest demand in our community. Additionally, the project provides a more affordable option for rent-burdened residents paying more than 1/3 of their income on housing, allowing them to reduce costs, save money, and work towards greater financial stability.
No. The City is contributing public resources to the project, as described in Question 5. What is the City of Eugene contributing to this project? If City Council chooses to move forward with this proposal, the City would transfer the land to the development team at no cost and would apply $1.1 million to cover pre-development costs.
There is some confusion about the value of the property that would be transferred to the development team. The City had the property appraised in 2019 by Duncan and Brown, a real-estate appraisal firm located in Eugene. They estimated the value of the property at $680,000. That appraisal stated that the structure added negative value to the property—that is, the property would be worth more if it were a vacant lot.
The Lane County Office of Assessment and Taxation shows the property had an estimated real market value in 2020 of about $6.9 million. It estimates the land at about $0.9 million and the structure at about $6.0 million. The Office of Assessment and Taxation reported that they last analyzed the building in 1994. Since that time, the property’s estimated real market value has been pegged to average commercial values across the county. Commercial property values have increased since 1994, and the Office of Assessment and Taxation simply applies the average growth rate to all commercial properties to this property. The property has been in public ownership since 1979 and is therefore tax exempt. The Office of Assessment and Taxation has not made it a priority to re-assess the value of a building that does not generate tax revenue. Because the building has not been re-assessed, the County’s real market value does not take into account the current state of the unmaintained building, the asbestos in the building, and the amount of investment needed to re-use the existing building. The Duncan and Brown appraised value is an accurate assessment of the building’s property value.
Staff can help you understand the several types of tax exemptions that your business might qualify for. Please see our website pages with information about different incentives or contact our development liaison.
The City of Eugene has a no cost temporary sidewalk seating program called Streateries. You can find out more on this webpage.
City staff are here to answer your questions. Please contact our Business Help Team and let us help you. The City of Eugene has created a specialized Business Help Team to assist employers as they seek to keep their businesses afloat by answering questions about financing options and other topics. The team is working to be flexible to meet the needs of different businesses as rules change and needs evolve.
Please contact our Business Help Team. They can discuss financing, relocation, help you connect with planners to explain Eugene land use code and more. Let us help you!
MUPTE is the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption. It is a state-enabled program designed to be an incentive of redevelopment of residential properties in city centers and along transit corridors. In Eugene, the City Council has authorized the use of MUPTE in the downtown area and west of the University. The program has been discontinued in the West University area and is on hold in the downtown core. It has been narrowed so that student housing is no longer eligible.
MUPTE allows new multi-family units (5 or more units) to avoid property taxes on the value of new residential construction for up to 10 years. The property continues to pay taxes on the land value and any commercial portion of the property.
The intent of MUPTE is to lower operating costs in the early years of a housing development so that it becomes financially feasible. In a housing market like Eugene, market rents are lower than in larger metropolitan areas, but the cost of construction is as high. The rents here make it difficult to build dense housing (that is, tall buildings) in the downtown core—taller buildings are more expensive to build than shorter buildings. New residential development does not ‘pencil out’, so new residences in the downtown core do not get built. It is more expensive to build downtown than on greenfield sites on the edge of town, because it is more complicated to build in an existing neighborhood where there is less elbow room.
In order to receive a MUPTE, a developer must show the expected costs and revenues (a pro forma analysis) and their expected return on investment. City staff review the analysis, compare the rents, construction costs, and other factors to current market conditions. The tax exemption is only given to developments that show their development does not pencil out but for the exemption. The proposed program changes include a community member review panel and an independent third party financial review for each application.
The City’s 20-year growth management plan, known as Envision Eugene, shows that Eugene must redevelop land inside our urban growth boundary if we do not want to expand the boundary. The expected demand for housing inside the existing boundary will need to be built somewhere. By encouraging growth in the downtown core, we can reduce development pressure on farmland on the edge of the community.
A high priority action item within the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan is to increase density around the urban core and along high-capacity transit corridors. National data show that individuals living in city centers drive, on average, fewer miles than individuals in other parts of a community. Downtown is walkable, has good access to transit, and offers goods and services for residents’ daily needs. More residents in the downtown will result in lower per capita carbon emissions and other automobile emissions (including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxide, and particulate matter).
Housing in the downtown core also positively affects the economic activity in the city center. For example, new residents in the downtown support local businesses because they increase demand for nearby goods and services. Also, an occupied building creates an active use, which enhances the overall vibrancy of the downtown.
The chart below shows property tax per acre for a variety of development types and locations throughout the community. The chart shows that dense development in the downtown core generates substantially more tax revenue per acre than any other part of the city. And the dense development costs less to serve—the cost per resident for roads, water, and sewer are significantly lower.
To understand if MUPTE would be a useful tool for affordable housing, one should understand how affordable housing is developed.
There are other tools the City of Eugene uses to construct affordable (subsidized) housing, including the LIRPTE (Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption) program. Like MUPTE, it offers a property tax exemption for the value of the new housing construction, but over a 20-year period.
Over the past several decades, the City has invested in thousands of units of affordable housing created through partnering agencies like St. Vincent DePaul, HACSA, and Cornerstone Housing. These units are only available to individuals and families typically earning less than 60% of area median income, and the below-market rents typically apply to 100% of the units.
There are currently 680 units of affordable housing in the downtown core area, and HACSA is proposing an additional 50 units. There are approximately 4,600 units of affordable housing throughout Eugene.
To compare MUPTE to existing affordable tools, consider a new apartment complex with 300 units. If 30% are rent-restricted, there will be 90 affordable units. They will maintain affordable rents for 10 years, creating 900 unit-years of affordable housing.
Compare that to a new affordable housing development with 90 units. Those units must maintain their affordable rents for 50 years, so the 50 new units would create 4,500 unit-years. Over the long term, existing affordable housing tools create many more units of affordable housing. Not only do the rents remain affordable for a 50-year period, residents typically receive support services related to job skills, employment opportunities, and health.
The exemption has the ability to make a project financially feasible. If it is not financially feasible, it does not get built, so the City and other taxing jurisdictions never get the tax revenue. With the exemption, they get the tax revenue after 10 years. The exemption can make a housing financially feasible, and the City grows its tax base in the long term.
For example, the 50-unit Tate Condominium project used the MUPTE 9 years ago. When it comes onto tax rolls next year, it will generate approximately $262,000 in tax revenue. Without the new structure, the property would generate about $3,300 in tax revenue.
Because MUPTE encourages development is in the downtown core, the City is able to more efficiently provide services than in less dense parts of the community. Dense development requires less pavement, less sewer line, and less water line than in low density areas. The City generates more tax revenue per acre and spends less per acre.
Using the Tate Condominium as an example again, when it comes onto the tax rolls next year, it will generate approximately $300,000 per acre in annual property tax revenue. In comparison, an acre of single family housing generates about $20,000 per acre annually. Over a 20-year period, the Tate will generate more than 7.5 times the tax revenue per acre, when compared to single family development, even with a 10-year tax exemption.
There have been 28 residential projects that have received a MUPTE since 1978, creating 1,490 units. The private developers invested $283 million in those projects. The total combined tax revenue being generated on the 28 properties was approximately $133,000 per year before the projects were constructed. When all of these projects come onto the tax rolls, they will generate approximately $2.5 million per year in property tax revenue. The City did not have to invest any public resources (i.e., cash) to achieve this significant increase in tax revenue. In fact, the private sector was responsible for the entire investment and took all of the investment risk. The City’s primary role was to sit patiently for 10 years waiting for the added value to come onto the tax rolls.
Since 1978, the program has supported the development of about 1,500 units in the city center. No housing has been built in the downtown core without MUPTE or some other property tax exemption for at least two decades. MUPTE has been essential to building density in the core.
Since at least 1990, all downtown market-rate housing developments have used MUPTE. The two affordable housing complexes (the Aurora and West Town on 8th) used the 20-year Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption, in addition to other financing tools specifically available to affordable housing developments.
The last market rate ownership housing (non-student) newly constructed within the downtown MUPTE area was the Tate Condominiums built 9 years ago. The last market rate rental housing (non-student) newly constructed within the downtown MUPTE area was Broadway Place, built 16 years ago.
The downtown housing vacancy rate has been at or near zero for many years, but there has been virtually no new construction. This points to some basic economic deficiencies—generally, the cost of new construction is high and the local market rents are too low to support the cost of dense construction.
Local firms have worked to build new housing projects in the city center, but have discontinued their planning. The developer of a proposed mixed-use project at 6th and Oak has put the project on hold, citing uncertainties related to MUPTE. The UO Foundation had proposed to build large amounts of market rate and affordable housing on the riverfront site, but exited the project, citing high risk and low investment returns.
When the district is created, the assessed value of property within the district is set (or “frozen”) and those taxes continue to go to the government (city, county, and school districts through the State). Any property value increase above that frozen amount is called the “increment.” The amount of taxes on the increased value (or “increment”) is what is collected across the city for the urban renewal district to use for redevelopment projects.
The State of Oregon created the legislation that allows for urban renewal; districts are created by local municipalities. In Eugene, the City Council decides what areas should be included in urban renewal districts. The council also creates a plan for improving the area.Following public notice and hearing, and after considering public testimony and planning commission recommendations, the city council may approve the urban renewal plan or amendments to the plan by ordinance.The Downtown Urban Renewal District Plan includes a list of specific projects that were approved by the City Council in 2010. In addition, the Agency Board (City Council) must approve any project, other than loans, from Riverfront District funds over $250,000.The City of Eugene’s Budget Committee reviews the Urban Renewal Agency’s proposed budget and provides recommendations to the City Council. The City Council adopts the Urban Renewal Agency budget and reviews and approves any supplemental budgets during the year.
Eugene has two urban renewal districts: the Downtown Urban Renewal District and the Riverfront Urban Renewal District, shown below. Click the map to see a larger version.
Council has used Downtown Urban Renewal to support significant downtown improvements, primarily public projects including the Hult Center, Eugene Public Library, Lane Community College Downtown Campus, and the LTD downtown station. Since 1998, City Council has focused the use of the Downtown Urban Renewal District almost exclusively on public improvements in downtown – helping fulfill the public’s vision for downtown.The Downtown Revitalization Loan Program has provided almost $6 million in loans to support downtown redevelopment and leveraged over $26 million in private funds. The revolving loan program provides gap funds that are repaid and then loaned to other projects. The loan program has supported and enhanced our local businesses including places like the McDonald Theatre, the Jazz Station, Oregon Contemporary Theater, Davis Restaurant, Shoe-A-Holic, Harlequin Beads, the Barn Light, Sizzle Pie, First National Tap House, First on Broadway (apartments), Red Wagon Creamery, Party Downtown, Broadway Commerce Center (office building), Off the Waffle, Woolworth Building, Cowfish, and Brenner’s Furniture.You can view an interactive map of downtown redevelopment projects here. City Council has used urban renewal on a number of these projects.
Since the Downtown Urban Renewal District was created, the value of the area has had an average annual increase of 5% - from $45.8M to $499.2M; and total increase of $453.4M.
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See a summary of current Short-Term Rental regulations.
This is undetermined at this point. City Council is reviewing different regulation options and could move a full package as proposed to a public hearing or they could decide not to regulate short term rentals. They will discuss this item on December 11 and determine next steps. If you would like to stay up to date, please join our interested parties list and we will keep you up to date on actions and options for input as this process continues.
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YES! The Overpark and Parcade garages provide free parking for your first hour. It is $1.20/ hour after your first free hour, and up to $8.00 for all day parking. All parking garages are free on weekends (except for event parking) and holidays. City of Eugene on-street meters operate Monday through Saturday.
The City of Eugene utilizes an online permit application program, IPS.
Without a valid, City-issued on-street parking permit: Vehicles must be moved at least two blocks from the original parking location, and remain moved for at least 72 hours before returning.With a valid, City-issued on-street parking permit: Although the vehicle must still be moved every 72 hours, it may be returned to its original parking location.
Our Land Use Planners are responsible for:
Our Community Planners focus on long-range, multi-year projects that help guide economically, socially and environmentally sustainable growth and development patterns citywide. These projects explore:
Our Urban Designers operate in the intersection of architecture, city planning, transportation and traffic engineering, real estate economics, landscape design, and ecology. They add value by helping projects connect to each other and back to the city in a more comprehensive way.
ADUs are dwellings that are secondary to a primary single-unit dwelling. They can be attached or detached. The pre-approved plans are detached units.
The ADU has been reviewed for compliance with the building code and has been approved to build. The homeowner/developer can skip the building design process, building code plan review and plan review fee. The next step in the process is the site design. This step will require design, plan review for site-related requirements and associated fees.
To expedite the approval process, it is important for residents to meet with city staff prior to submitting an application to discuss the project. Following the meeting, a resident, or their contractor, submits a building permit application with the pre-approved construction plans through eBuild, the City’s online permitting resource. When submitting a pre-approved plan for permit, identify that the plan is a pre-approved ADU in the project description on the application. See the eBuild User Guide for step-by-step instructions.
Building permitting staff will review the application for completeness and the plans for site-specific regulations. This review will typically take 3-4 weeks. If there are no questions or items that need to be addressed following the plan review, the applicant will receive notice that the plans are approved and the permit can be issued. If there are outstanding issues, the applicant will receive an itemized list of Plan Review Comments to address prior to approval. See the Building an ADU Checklist.
No, residents can have their own plans developed. However, the City’s standard review process would apply.
The City of Eugene plans are free to use. The pre-approved plans in the plan library can be purchased from the architect or designer for $500 each.
Cost is difficult to estimate. It is based on the design, materials, finishing and many other variables. In general, a detached ADU is the same price per square foot as a single detached home. As of 2020 that means that the City of Eugene plan (approx. 576 sq. ft.) would be about $115,000 to construct.
This issue is referred to as housing mix. The draft Envision Eugene proposal suggests that future multi-family housing should be accommodated inside the existing urban growth boundary (UGB) by focusing on transit corridors and existing multi-family and commercially zoned lands. Tools such as area planning and Opportunity Siting will be critical in advancing this objective.
No, only listed properties are eligible for this grant. HOWEVER, you could be eligible if your property becomes listed as a City Landmark or on the National Register. There are countless properties in Eugene that are eligible for listing, and yours could be one of them. To learn more about your property’s historic status and the listing process, contact Althea Sullivan, Senior Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 541-682-5485.
House Bill 2001 (HB 2001) is a law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 to increase housing choice and supply. The law requires large cities, including Eugene, to amend their land use regulations to allow more housing types like duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential areas where single-family homes are allowed, by June 30, 2022. These housing types are often called “middle housing” because they are between a single-family house and an apartment building in terms on number of units. For more information about the requirements of HB 2001, visit the Requirements of HB 2001 fact sheet. For more information about what led to Oregon adopting the bill and middle housing types, visit the Project Overview fact sheet.
All residentially zoned areas within the city limits that currently allow single-family homes will be affected. In Eugene, this includes the following zones: R-1 Low Density Residential, R-2 Medium Density Residential, R-3 Limited High Density Residential, R-4 High Density Residential, and certain Special Area Zones (including Chambers, Chase Node, Downtown Westside, Elmira Road, Historic Blair, Jefferson Westside, Royal Node, Whiteaker, and Walnut Station special area zones). Land that is not zoned for residential use, including but not limited to commercial, industrial, agricultural and public land are not affected. In addition, land that is outside of the city limits (not annexed) is also not affected by HB 2001 (but will be, once inside the city limits).
Land within Eugene is divided into different areas called “zones.” These are intended to provide areas suitable for certain types of development or uses (examples include commercial, residential or industrial). Each zone provides a set of regulations governing the uses and development of a property within that zone, and includes such regulations as maximum building height or minimum building setbacks. To find out the zoning of a specific property in Eugene, use the City’s searchable zoning map. To learn more about what uses are allowed in a specific zone, you can check out Eugene’s land use code. While all middle housing types are currently allowed in Eugene, not all middle housing types are allowed in all residential areas and often times extra process steps are required to build it.
Yes. House Bill 2001 does not prohibit single-family homes or make it more difficult to build single-family homes where they are currently allowed, rather it allows middle housing types to be built in the same residential areas where single family homes are allowed.
While HB 2001 does prohibit the creation of new CC&Rs that conflict with HB 2001, it does not affect existing CC&Rs. To find out if a specific property has CC&Rs, contact the Homeowner’s Association (if applicable) or a title company or conduct a search through Lane County Deeds & Records. If you own property, the title report produced when you purchased your property should disclose any CC&Rs. If you are buying property, realtors are required to disclose existing CC&Rs before you purchase the property. The City of Eugene does not enforce CC&Rs or other such private agreements.
The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted rules that include three ways or choices for cities to comply with House Bill 2001: a model code, minimum compliance standards, and a performance metric approach. The model code is a set of ready-made land use regulations that cities can directly apply; the minimum standards are, at minimum, actions that cities must take to comply with the house bill; and the performance metric requires that middle housing be allowed on a certain percentage of lots around the city and within census tracts. The new rules were adopted on December 9, 2020 and contain some prescriptive requirements (such as parking standards) as well as areas where cities have flexibility in implementation. Project staff completed 10 months of public engagement as outlined in the project’s Public Involvement Plan, resulting in Guiding Values and Principles and recommendations that Eugene’s implementation of the house bill go beyond the minimum standards required by the state. The recommendations were to encourage lower-cost and Affordable Housing , provide flexibility, and reduce parking regulations near transit.
Middle Housing isn’t a new thing! These housing types were more prevalent before World War II, as can be seen in many historic districts and older neighborhoods. Locally, you can find older examples of middle housing in the Skinner Butte area, in and around downtown, and near the University of Oregon. However, allowing middle housing as contemplated by HB 2001 throughout postwar single-family neighborhoods is pretty new. In 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the first city to adopt a city-wide policy to allow middle housing, by right, in all residential zones. Then, following close behind, Oregon was the first state to pass such a bill. Other cities in Oregon, such as Bend adopted new land use regulations prior to the passage of HB 2001 to allow for middle housing types to be built in more areas.
Because this project will result in changes to Eugene’s land use regulations (which requires a legislative process), the Eugene City Council will be the decision-maker. Staff provided a recommendation on the changes to the Eugene Planning Commission, based on public engagement and consultant work to bring forward to a formal adoption process. The formal adoption process for any new or changed land use regulations included a public hearing before the Planning Commission, who then deliberated and made a formal recommendation to City Council. Then, on April 18, 2022 at 7:30pm City Council will hold a separate public hearing and additional meetings for deliberations and action.
A “roundtable” is a form of discussion. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right to participate, as illustrated by the idea of a circular layout referred to in the term “roundtable.” The groups that participated in the roundtables were identified in the Public Involvement Plan. A initial list of groups was identified by staff and expanded based on Planning Commission and City Council feedback, and subsequently approved by the Planning Commission when they approved the final plan. The roundtables did not have decision-making authority, rather their role was to be advisory to staff. For the Boards and Commissions roundtable, staff invited six official city boards and commissions to provide representatives. For the Local Partners Roundtable, staff invited local organizations or groups including participants in the Housing Tools and Strategies process, neighborhood leaders, builders and developers, environmental advocates, realtors, and housing advocates to provide representatives. Lastly, for the Equity Roundtable, staff invited groups or organizations doing equity-based work serving underrepresented community members to provide representatives.
In support of inclusive public engagement, staff collaborated with the Portland-based group Healthy Democracy. Healthy Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit that designs and coordinates innovative deliberative democracy programs. Their purpose is to involve community members who are representative of the community and compensate them for their time engaging in public policy issues. The creation of an advisory group designed to reflect the broad needs and interests of the community provides perspectives that otherwise would not be included in project implementation. Letters were mailed to 7,500 random Eugene households in October 2020 to solicit a broadly diverse panel across seven demographic categories. Several of the demographic categories, include race and ethnicity, were based on the makeup of the school aged population in the 4-J and Bethel school districts, in an effort to reflect the greater diversity of our future generations. The panelists were selected in early November 2020 via a live selection event and shortly thereafter began meeting and hearing background information from experts in land use, planning, housing, and more. The panel is kind of like “Eugene in a room.” The panelists met a total of 15 times through spring 2021 and provided a truly democratic lens to the project. The panel did not have decision-making authority, rather their role was to be advisory to staff. All large-group sessions were broadcast live and can be watched on the Healthy Democracy YouTube channel. For more information, see the Eugene Healthy Democracy Panel’s webpage.
We want to hear from everyone! There are ongoing opportunities for the public to learn more about the project and provide input. The best places to start are the project website. For project updates, opportunities to engage, and to receive formal mailed notice, sign up for the project’s Interested Parties Email List. Additionally, community members can provide testimony by email to email@example.com. For more information or to provide input, community members are encouraged to contact project staff
The Public Involvement Plan for this project has an intentional focus on equity and inclusion. These areas of focus mean we added new ways for community members to engage, in addition to the variety of existing methods we have in our public engagement toolkit. Planning projects affect the entire community; however, traditional engagement efforts face challenges in reaching certain parts of the community. This structure has created disproportionate representation in the planning process and has resulted in exclusion of some people and groups who are directly impacted by plans and policies. As summarized by Oregon Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) Commissioner Anyeley Hallova during a rulemaking meeting on the House Bill, “before racial segregation through zoning, some neighborhoods had more diverse housing types with mixed incomes that are part of our beloved neighborhood fabric. As intentional as racially segregating housing policy was, we need to be as equally intentional about providing equitable housing outcomes for all.” Across the country, we have a difficult history of exclusion to grapple with, and our intent with this project is to acknowledge that history, and move forward with a focus on inclusion for all, including renters, low income people, people with disabilities, young people, seniors, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. For more information, you can review the History of Residential Zoning fact sheet and visit the project webpage.
As noted above, the House Bill was passed in 2019 by the Oregon Legislature and is now Oregon law. Changes to the language of HB 2001 can only be made by the Oregon Legislature. The City of Eugene must comply with HB 2001 and the newly adopted rules by June 30, 2022, or the state model code will apply directly. However, we recognize that people will have questions and concerns about implementation. As staff, we want to hear what you think – please reach out. We can help explain what things the City has control and choice over during implementation, and what things are predetermined by the house bill and new rules. See the fact sheets on the project webpage as well as the Guide to the Planning Commission Recommendation for more information on the scope and requirements of the bill and how Eugene is proposing to implement the bill. Additionally, community members can provide testimony by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a difference between true “Affordable Housing” and “naturally occurring affordable housing.” Affordable Housing is housing that is directly subsidized by an organization or the government. This housing usually has waitlists and serves people with specific income ranges and housing needs. Naturally occurring affordable housing is market-rate housing that is usually older, smaller, or both. Newly constructed middle housing is anticipated to be sold or rented at market rate, and it will have a wide range of prices. New housing, however, tends to have a higher price tag than older housing, simply because it’s new. A new house that is very similar to a house 30 years old is likely to command a higher price, because of that lack of wear and tear. The newer house will have a higher up-front cost but will have lower maintenance costs. Middle housing can be ‘affordable by design.’ Middle housing tends to be relatively small, which leads to lower operating and long-term maintenance costs. A 1,500 square foot house is likely to cost its occupants much less than a 2,500 square foot house. There’s less square footage to heat, a smaller roof to maintain, less exterior space to paint. The cost of housing includes maintenance costs, not just the upfront price. As part of implementation of House Bill 2001, the City will be required to consider ways to increase the affordability of middle housing. We know that housing affordability is an issue of importance for our community, as has been reiterated during the public engagement for this project. The Planning Commission’s recommended code amendments include incentives for lower-cost and Affordable Housing. For more information about the proposed Land Use Code incentives, visit the Guide to the Planning Commission Recommendation. Incentives beyond the scope of the project and the Land Use Code, including an Anti-Displacement Plan, will be pursued through the Housing Implementation Pipeline process
Some people worry that new market-rate apartment buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods raise nearby rents and accelerate gentrification. The concern is that new buildings could change nearby amenities or neighborhood reputation, increasing demand for the neighborhood enough to offset the effect of increasing supply. Research by economists at the Upjohn Institute have shown that new market-rate apartment buildings in low-income areas do not accelerate gentrification. 3 Instead, they slow rent increases in nearby apartments. This implies that new developments serve mainly to absorb existing demand for an area rather than to generate new demand. In turn, this reduces pressures on nearby rents because many high-income households move to the new building rather than outbidding lower-income households for nearby apartments. New developments are associated with gentrification, but they follow it rather than precede it.
tate law does not allow jurisdictions to require all new middle housing to be affordable at a specific income level. Imposing affordability requirements on private development (known as “inclusionary zoning”) is allowed by Oregon law only for development with at least 20 units per building, and only if certain incentives are offered in exchange. This would also be prohibited by House Bill 2001 because it would almost certainly constitute an unreasonable cost that is not applied to single-family housing. The City could make density bonuses, lower parking ratios, or other code incentives that go beyond minimum compliance available only for development that meets certain affordability criteria but must allow middle housing subject to standards consistent with HB2001 regardless of pricing. New middle housing is likely to be affordable to a broader range of households than new single-family detached homes; however, it is very difficult to deliver new housing (of any form) that is affordable to the City’s lowest income residents without public subsidy. Even if it were legal, requiring middle housing to offer below-market rents or sales prices without providing public subsidy or incentives would likely make it impossible for the private market to develop. It would also mean that middle housing would face even greater obstacles compared to single family development. Nearly all for-profit developers would likely continue to build single family homes. Some non-profit or affordable housing builders would be able to build middle housing, but it would rarely be delivered by the private market.
Yes, the City has discussed and is considering several options for encouraging or incentivizing development of middle housing that would be affordable to a wider range of residents. These include:
Implementation of the proposed middle housing code updates will enhance housing equity and affordability in the long-term in a variety of ways.
In general, imposing more regulation on the development and design of any form of housing tends to increase the cost of producing and providing that housing. While it is important to continue to regulate certain aspects of housing development in a reasonable, fair and consistent manner, too much regulation can constrain housing production in ways that drive up housing costs overall. However, if calibrated carefully to the local housing market so that new development remains viable, regulations that limit the size of new homes (including single-family detached homes as well as middle housing) can help prevent very large homes that are more likely to be expensive from “out-competing” smaller and lower-cost housing options.
The City can continue to work with non-profit and market rate developers of all forms of housing that are affordable to people with low incomes. This includes continuing to implement a variety of strategies including: use of publicly owned land, reduction of system development charges or other fees, implementation of property tax abatement programs, provision of technical assistance by City staff, use of state and federal funds for subsidies, and others.
Senate Bill 458 was adopted by the Oregon Legislature in 2021. The bill allows lot divisions for middle housing that enable them to be sold or owned individually. Essentially, Senate Bill 458 allows for lot divisions of a “parent lot” solely for ownership opportunities of middle housing units. For example, if a side by side duplex used the lot division, you could purchase one side of the duplex and the land around it.
The bill is a follow-up to House Bill 2001 - the bill that legalizes middle housing in many cities throughout the state. Senate Bill 458 requires jurisdictions to allow middle housing lot divisions for any HB 2001 middle housing type (duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters) built in accordance with ORS 197.758.
SB 458 requires a middle housing lot division application submit: “A proposal for development of middle housing in compliance with the Oregon residential specialty code and land use regulations applicable to the original lot or parcel allowed under ORS 197.758 (5)”. This means that any lot division proposal will need to demonstrate compliance with both applicable building code and HB 2001 middle housing code in order to be eligible for a lot division under SB 458. While middle housing built after implementation will meet these criteria, middle housing built prior to implementation may not be eligible.
The Senate Bill lot division would work the same with detached middle housing as it would for attached middle housing. So long as the “parent lot” met the Middle Housing criteria (including frontage, lot size, lot coverage, etc), then the lot could be divided for ownership opportunities.
A Partition is a type of land use process that creates new legal lots. Those new legal lots would be granted full development rights. The Senate Bill 458 lot division allows the creation of new lots within a legal “parent lot” solely for the purpose of ownership opportunities. The new lots created from Senate Bill 458 are not granted additional development rights and must be maintained to meet the criteria applicable to the “parent lot”.
No, the Senate Bill 458 lot division does not grant additional development rights to the middle housing lot. Even if you owned a unit of middle housing on its own lot, it would still be considered middle housing—not as a new single detached unit.
You could add additions if the development would still meet criteria applied to the “parent lot”. This includes criteria such as height, lot coverage, and open space requirements.
No, Senate Bill 458 does not speak to vertical divisions of middle housing and requires that each resultant lot or parcel contain exactly one unit. Therefore, cities are not required to allow vertical divisions of middle housing.
The River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan captures the community vision for growth and development in a manner that respects the area’s unique characteristics and opportunities. This plan will guide decision-making in River Road and Santa Clara for decades to come and focuses on the topic areas of Economic Development, Transportation, Parks and Natural Resources, Land Use, and Community. To reflect the community values, aspirations and priorities expressed during outreach, each topic area includes:
Since 1987, land use and development in the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods have been governed by the River Road-Santa Clara Urban Facilities Plan. After 35 years, the plan is ready to be updated to reflect current community visions, building upon years of work by grassroots community organizing and planning for their future. Additionally, River Road has been designated as a key corridor for focused long-term transit and land use development at state, regional, and local levels. City government plays an important role in helping community members design and plan for the future through neighborhood planning. This requires balancing neighborhood-level concerns and aspirations with City-wide goals and policies.
As a formally adopted land use plan, the Neighborhood Plan will provide policy direction for City and County decision-makers as they consider future legislative actions. Some plan policies will guide City and County staff in formulating proposed changes to local land use codes and other regulatory documents, developing other work programs and long-range planning projects, and preparing budgets, funding strategies, and capital improvement programs. Other plan policies include aspirational calls for collaboration as well as continued advocacy and sweat equity from the River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations and other community partners. The Neighborhood Plan considers the unique characteristics of these neighborhoods in the context of Envision Eugene, the community vision for future growth in Eugene’s urban growth boundary (UGB) in a way that protects and enhances quality of life and reflects shared community values.
The Neighborhood Plan will apply within the boundaries of the River Road Community Organization and Santa Clara Community Organization, and includes properties located inside the Eugene city limits, properties located outside the Eugene city limits, and properties located outside Eugene’s UGB. The portion of River Road from Northwest Expressway up to the Santa Clara transit station at Hunsaker Lane was identified as a key transit corridor in the Envision Eugene Community Vision. The map shows the Neighborhood Plan boundary, the River Road key transit corridor, and the buffer area located within ¼ mile of the corridor, which was the focus of the River Road Corridor Study.
Key transit corridors, or key corridors, are streets that have, or are planned to have, frequent transit service (approximately every 15 minutes or less) and nearby amenities such as parks, commercial attractions or employment centers, and higher density housing that enable shorter trips and less reliance on the automobile. Promoting compact urban development and efficient transportation options is a shared community value and one of the Envision Eugene pillars. By redeveloping existing land and creating more well designed compact neighborhoods in the downtown, along key corridors and around core commercial areas, the need to expand Eugene’s UGB can be reduced, thus farm and forest land can be conserved and the community as a whole can be more resilient. The goal is to transform the downtown, key corridors and core commercial areas into mixed-use walkable neighborhoods that are connected by transit, walking, and biking infrastructure to improve access to employment, shops, parks and entertainment for people who live and work in these areas.
MovingAhead is a partnership between the City of Eugene, Lane Transit District, and other regional partners that has explored what transportation investments are needed in key transit corridors, including River Road. In early 2022, local decision-makers approved the proposed MovingAhead recommendations, which includes a recommendation for EmX (bus rapid transit) on River Road. The next steps in that process involve refining designs for the project (which will include more community engagement), seeking funding, and completing environmental review processes.
Moving Ahead and the Neighborhood Plan are separate initiatives linked by the community’s vision for improved active transportation options such as walking, bicycling, and transit. The Neighborhood Plan and the proposed land use code and zone changes will establish the land use framework for transit-oriented development, guiding future growth and redevelopment for properties along the River Road corridor. We will need continued coordination between land use and transportation planning along the corridor.
To stay involved and up-to-date on next steps in the MovingAhead process, visit https://www.movingahead.org/
The Action Plan is critical to the long-term success of the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan. The purpose of the Action Plan is to capture and catalogue community identified actions that are possible strategies to implement the policies of the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan. The Action Plan helps direct efforts to move closer to the community’s vision for its future. The Action Plan will guide implementation of the Neighborhood Plan incrementally over the long-term and will require continued coordination between the City, County, River Road and Santa Clara communities, and other community partners, as well as advocacy for additional resources. The Action Plan includes general budget, feasibility, and timeframe estimates to help inform continued advocacy for resources and City, County and other community partners’ work plans and capital project development.
While some items in the Action Plan may be implemented after Neighborhood Plan adoption, certain land use code and zone changes are proposed to be adopted concurrently with the Neighborhood Plan, such as the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone. Actions fall into one or more of the following project types:
One desired outcome of the Neighborhood Plan is to improve the River Road corridor. The Neighborhood Plan vision supports active mixed-use neighborhood centers along the River Road corridor and a transportation system that is safe, accessible, affordable, environmentally responsible, and transitions to zero carbon. The River Road Corridor Study includes an in-depth analysis of the River Road corridor, from Northwest Expressway to Hunsaker Lane, funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant awarded to Lane Transit District and the City of Eugene. The Study included stakeholder interviews, public workshops, economic and demographic research, and conceptual design work. This work helped inform the Draft River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone and the Draft Proposed Zoning Map to support implementation of the community vision along the corridor.
To support implementation of the community vision along the corridor, the proposed River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone focuses on neighborhood centers, key commercial areas near future transportation improvements, along the River Road corridor, and includes commercial zoned areas and key large church properties beyond the corridor to support potential future redevelopment. The Draft Proposed Zoning Map shows where the proposed zoning will apply and where current zoning will remain. The proposed zoning will only apply to properties currently within the city limits or as property owners choose to annex. The purpose of the Special Area Zone is to:
While the land use code and zone changes that are proposed to be adopted concurrently with the Neighborhood Plan focus on specific areas, both the Neighborhood Plan and Action Plan will apply to the entirety of the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Plan will provide the adopted policy direction to guide future City and County decision-making while the Action Plan will guide implementation of the community vision. The Neighborhood Plan and Action Plan contain policies and actions related to transportation improvements, parks projects, natural resources protection, community volunteer projects, and a range of other topics that are important to and will impact all of River Road and Santa Clara. Implementation will occur over time with continued coordination between the City, County, River Road and Santa Clara communities, and other community partners. The Action Plan in particular is meant to be iterative to reflect changes over time as work is completed and new community priorities are identified.
House Bill (HB) 2001 is a law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 to increase housing choice and supply. The law requires large cities, including Eugene, to amend their land use regulations to allow more middle housing types like duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential areas where single-family homes are allowed, by June 30, 2022. The City’s Middle Housing Code Amendments project will implement HB 2001.
All residentially zoned areas within the city limits that currently allow single-family homes will be affected. In River Road and Santa Clara, this includes the R-1 Low Density Residential and R-2 Medium Density Residential zones that are currently within the city limits. Land that is outside of the city limits (not annexed) is not affected by HB 2001 but will be as property owners choose to annex.
The implications of HB 2001 were incorporated into the neighborhood planning process and as the Special Area Zone was developed. For more information, visit the project website at eugene-or.gov/4244/Middle-Housing.
Most properties with proposed zone changes are currently developed and redevelopment will likely be gradual. See this map of where current development is happening and where remaining vacant land exists in Eugene’s UGB. The proposed zoning can allow and encourage certain land uses and remove development barriers in the land use code, but the timing and pace of development will be based on market demand, construction industry capacity, construction costs, land values, infrastructure, property owner interest and several other factors. Expanding available development incentives could be considered by decision makers in the future to help improve the feasibility of development.
In addition, the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods are a patchwork of City (incorporated) and County (unincorporated) properties. Annexation (sometimes called “incorporation”) is the legal process by which unincorporated properties become part of a city and can be developed with urban levels of development. The Draft Proposed Zoning Map shows proposed zone changes for both incorporated and unincorporated properties, however proposed changes will only apply to properties within the City limits and to unincorporated areas as property owners choose to annex. Annexation is voluntary and must be initiated by the property owner, under current City of Eugene policy (additional state statutes apply).
For properties that will be subject to the proposed new zoning (see ‘What is the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone? Where will it apply?’ above) the standards that implement the proposed new zoning will apply to new development or redevelopment only. Existing uses or structures will not be affected. The proposed changes will not require a change in use or changes to current structures. If an existing use or structure does not meet the proposed zoning regulations, then it would be considered a legal non-conforming use. For more information, see Legal Non-Conforming Use Situations.
Proposed adaptive reuse standards may permit the reuse of existing buildings by allowing for alterations, expansions or changes for retail sales, services and office uses. (In these instances, the adaptive reuse standards would apply instead of the standards that implement the proposed new zoning.)
There is no effect on the taxable value as a result of solely changing the zoning of a property. For private property, the taxable value is equal to the property’s ‘assessed value,’ which is, by law, lower than the market value of the property. Unless the property redevelops or changes use, Oregon state law limits the increase in a property’s assessed value to 3% per year, and it cannot exceed the property’s real market value. It is normal for the market value of a property to fluctuate year-to-year and this does not trigger a recalculation of the Assessed Value. If the use of a property changes to be consistent with the new zoning, then the assessed value would be recalculated. If a property is annexed into the City limits, the tax rate applied to the taxable value will increase, and the overall tax burden will increase accordingly.
No. The River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations, as well as City and County planning staff, have agreed that annexation is best addressed after the neighborhood plan is complete. This agreement is captured in the project charter.
See the Annexation FAQ to learn more about when annexations take place and what decisions trigger annexation.
Traffic is a concern that frequently arises in discussions surrounding the Neighborhood Plan. Improving safety and efficiency for people who walk, bike, drive and use transit is a community priority and involves many partners at the city, county, and state level. The Neighborhood Plan addresses traffic and transportation by envisioning the development of new bicycle and pedestrian routes and connections, improving Beltline, and increasing transit service to the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods (also see ‘How does this Neighborhood Plan relate to MovingAhead?’). This is consistent with Eugene’s 2035 Transportation System Plan, which has a goal to triple the percentage of trips made on foot, by bike and transit in the next twenty years. The City of Eugene also passed the Climate Recovery Ordinance, which includes community wide goals that aim to reduce carbon emissions by the year 2030 by reducing fossil fuel dependence by 50% compared to 2010 usage.
Want to learn about ongoing transportation projects in River Road-Santa Clara, and how they relate to the Neighborhood Plan? Check out this factsheet of transportation projects! Also see the Existing and Future transportation maps to see City, County, and private streets and infrastructure.
The Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking is in response to an executive order issued by Governor Kate Brown, directing state agencies to take actions to reduce and regulate greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change while also centering the needs of Oregon’s most vulnerable communities. On July 21, 2022, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted rules to update Oregon’s transportation and land use planning rules. Eugene has a long history of supporting related efforts to address climate change, and there is overlap with several City plans and projects that support compact development, climate resiliency, increasing the share of trips made by non-auto modes, and removing barriers to housing affordability.
Part of the rules require Eugene to adopt land use code changes to eliminate all minimum parking requirements citywide, or, take a multifaceted approach to adopt land use code changes to eliminate parking requirements for certain uses and in certain locations and adopt changes to parking programs, policies and pricing to increase on-street parking management, including pricing at least 10 percent of on-street spaces. One of the requirements of these new rules includes a provision that for development on land within 1/2 mile of frequent transit corridors (including the River Road Corridor), the City may not require minimum on-site parking requirements after December 31, 2022. This provision goes into effect automatically along with provisions to remove parking requirements for certain types of development. (Removing minimum parking requirements does not necessarily mean no parking will be built, lender requirements and market dynamics usually result in parking being built.)
Additional parking changes will be part of upcoming Eugene City Council discussions and citywide code changes that will go through a formal adoption process with opportunities for public input. While most of the parking changes must be adopted locally by June 30, 2023, depending on the path selected, a few requirements are due after this date and a few become effective earlier. Note that some of the parking changes also apply Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) wide and will require Lane County participation.
Parks and Natural Resources is one of the five Topic Areas that the Neighborhood Plan and Action Plan focuses on. Access to parks was a community value heard repeatedly during neighborhood outreach and many neighbors provided valuable input on ways to expand or improve recreation opportunities. A common question was about the future of undeveloped park land, specifically land that the City of Eugene has purchased in recent years. Planned park development is laid out in the City’s Parks and Recreation System Plan which lays out the vision and guiding principles of the 30-year strategic plan and provides a clear path forward with a 10-year implementation plan. The plan includes a Planning District Summary for River Road-Santa Clara that provides detailed information on specific proposed parks projects. Want to learn about ongoing parks projects in River Road-Santa Clara?
Most of the River Road portion of the riverfront, south of Beltline, is part of the West Bank park, stretching from Maurie Jacobs Park to the Owosso Bike Bridge. This park land is managed by the City’s Parks and Open Space Division meaning City park rules apply. For concerns about illegal activity in this area, contact the City’s Park Watch program. The Park Watch website provides statistics on incidents within parks, such as illegal camping and incidents requiring a police response. For maintenance requests on City park land, contact the City’s Public Works Maintenance department.
The Santa Clara portion of the riverfront is outside Eugene’s UGB. A key long-range vision of acquiring additional land along the Willamette River, north of Beltline, is contingent in large part on land acquisition from sand and gravel companies (See the Willamette River Open Space Vision and Action Plan). North-south connectivity along the edge of the UGB can be explored in the meantime.
The riverfront in River Road and Santa Clara is an important community asset. It is part of the larger Willamette River Greenway that runs from Eugene to Portland, which was established by Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 15 to protect, conserve, enhance, and maintain the natural, scenic, historical, agricultural, economic, and recreational qualities of lands along the Willamette River, while still allowing for development. The Willamette River Greenway is a corridor of water and land in which development is planned and built with recognition of the unique qualities of the Willamette River. To implement Goal 15, cities and counties were required to adopt a Greenway section in their comprehensive plan, create a Greenway Boundary, and establish standards for new development, new uses, and intensification of uses within the boundary area. The standards were intended to maintain physical and visual access to the river, preserve habitat and vegetation near the river, and to direct development away from the river.
Directing development away from the river does not mean development is prohibited. It means that the site design needs to provide open space and access as appropriate in a case by case analysis. The River Road portion of the Willamette River Greenway is within Eugene’s UGB and subject to the Eugene Code while the Santa Clara portion is outside the UGB and subject to the Lane Code.
In addition, the City of Eugene and Lane County have both adopted a Water Resources Conservation Overlay Zone which implements waterway setback regulations associated with Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 5 to protect significant natural resources. These regulations apply to the Willamette River, as well as other waterways in the River Road-Santa Clara neighborhoods. The City of Eugene has also implemented the Water Quality Overlay Zone which applies waterway setback regulations associated with Statewide Planning Goal 6 to protect water quality. These regulations apply to certain waterways with significant natural resource or water quality functions and values. To view how both of these overlay zones apply to River Road-Santa Clara, view Eugene’s Zoning Map.
For more information about waterways and natural resources in River Road-Santa Clara, check out the Parks and Natural Resources Map and Stormwater handout.
The proposed Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments are intended to provide a clear and objective set of approval criteria and standards for the review and approval of proposed housing development within the Willamette River Greenway, consistent with legal requirements. The amendments include:
If the proposed amendments are adopted, an applicant proposing to develop housing within the Greenway will be able to choose to proceed under a set of new clear and objective standards, or choose to proceed using the existing discretionary criteria under sections 9.8800-9.8825 of the Eugene Code. The proposed code amendments will not change the adopted Willamette Greenway boundary.
To learn more, check out the Willamette Greenway FAQ or visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/764/Land-Use-Code-Amendments.
The proposed zoning and land use code changes that are part of the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone include a Willamette River Greenway Overlay. The proposed Willamette River Greenway Overlay includes standards to enhance public access and connections to the river, recognize the significance of the Greenway’s natural, scenic, historic, and recreational qualities, and provide a buffer between the Willamette River Greenway Setback and new development. This overlay applies to properties with proposed Corridor Mixed-Use or Corridor Residential zoning that are within the previously adopted Willamette Greenway boundary. See the Draft Proposed Zoning Map.
Some key differences in the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone compared to the citywide Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments, include:
City residents (with proof of residence) can get a Eugene library card at no cost by visiting any City of Eugene public library location. The closest library for many residents is the Bethel Branch Library. County residents are also able to get a card to Eugene public libraries but must pay a fee. As of July 2021, the fee is $11/month per household. Residents and non-residents pay approximately the same amount, one through taxes and the other through the non-resident fee. Both City and County residents can attend events and classes at the Eugene public libraries, regardless of whether they hold a library card. For more information, visit the City of Eugene Library website. Additionally, both City and County residents are welcome to check out books at the River Road-Santa Clara Volunteer Library.
One of the Neighborhood Plan policies captures the community’s desire to have library and cultural services in the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods.
The South Willamette Concept Plan was created to be an “actionable” plan. In other words, the community didn’t want a plan that would sit on a shelf and gather dust, but rather one that would give us real guidance towards achieving a vision. Updating current code regulations to match the vision is an important first step. If we don’t update the code, it will be impossible to realize the vision, for example creating a great pedestrian realm along South Willamette Street, or setting standards for new buildings of the right size and shape to meet the community’s expectations.
Depending on whether you live, work, shop, play or travel through the district, or if you’re a property owner, renter, or business person, the design code will affect you in different ways. By looking at the maps, you can find out which development types and height limits are proposed for your property and properties around you. If you have specific concerns or questions, please get in touch with City staff. We want you to be informed!
The City of Eugene Land Use Code regulates what can be built in Eugene. Generally speaking, Chapter 9 of the code governs the size, shape, and location of new buildings, site improvements like parking and landscaping, and many other aspects of the city we live in every day. Most of the code is written in technical language that tries to lay out the rules as clearly as possible, often using standards that can be measured.
The existing zoning in the South Willamette district will be removed and replaced with a new "special area zone." The updated code will shape future development according to the vision in the South Willamette Concept Plan. Most of these changes reflect and reinforce existing development patterns in the district.Here are a few examples. In areas currently zoned for commercial use, maximum building height will be reduced from 10 stories to 5 stories. Most existing multi-family zones will continue to be multi-family, with some changes in height. In several locations, existing single-family residential use (R-1) will be changed to allow multi-family uses, and in other areas to allow new, single-family housing types like row houses, cottage clusters, and courtyard homes. The code update will encourage more open space, parking flexibility, improved street design for pedestrians, and mixed use. New design standards will raise expectations for new development, while menus of options and some built-in flexibility will create a smoother permit application process. In addition, new standards for “transitions” will improve compatibility between larger-scale buildings and single-family, low-density homes.
All development in Eugene is regulated through a variety of zones, for example commercial, residential, and industrial zones. Each zone regulates what can be built, for example building height, size, and location, allowed uses, parking requirements, landscaping, etc. A “special area zone” (SAZ) is a type of zone that is tailored to meet the needs of only one particular area of town. Inside the boundaries of the SAZ, different subdistricts act something like mini-zones to regulate future development to match the needs of the area. In this case, the subdistricts are designed to match the vision created in the South Willamette Concept Plan.
It is important to note that the proposed code concepts are a SEPARATE CONVERSATION from the recent discussion of travel lanes for the South Willamette Street Improvement Plan. The proposed code sets the state for a significantly improved "street-side realm" that is designed to work with either a three-lane or a four-lane configuration on Willamette Street, and does not depend on a particular outcome of the trial restriping or subsequent paving project.In other words, the proposed code update addresses the LONG-TERM vision for streetside realm in the district. Proposed concepts DO NOT affect the outcome of recent discussions of travel lanes on South Willamette Street ("South Willamette Street Improvement Plan"); again, all proposed standards will work with either a 3-lane or a 4-lane paving configuration. Both projects have been closely coordinated to ensure that this is possible.
The current right of way along South Willamette Street and 29th Avenue does not allow adequate space for amenities supporting the community’s vision of a walkable district and business vitality. Current code standards would place future buildings permanently in locations needed for streetside realm amenities along South Willamette Street. This issue exists on many “key transit corridors” in Eugene. The design code proposes a “special setback” on South Willamette and 29th Avenue to ensure that future development will allow room for a safe and attractive pedestrian environment and on-street parking. These measures are critical for achieving the community’s vision. The special setback will help ensure that future buildings are placed in the right location to allow the desired, future streetside realm to be built within the district over time. On South Willamette Street, this includes a 15 foot special setback from the existing right of way on either side of the street. The future streetside realm preserved by the special setback would be able to accommodate a 10’ sidewalk, street trees, and amenities like lights and benches, and on-street parking to serve adjacent businesses. NOTE: THIS WOULD NOT AFFECT CURRENT BUSINESSES AND DEVELOPMENT. Current businesses need existing parking and site improvements; impacts to these existing improvements could be damaging to businesses. The proposed standards only apply to new projects. Property owners who choose to make changes on their property would only be required to meet the proposed standards if the existing “streetside realm” is demolished and reconstructed. However, to support the success of future businesses, owners would have the option of constructing long-term streetside improvements, including on-street parking, at the time of redevelopment.
The streetside realm generally refers to the area between the curb and the property line, usually including sidewalks, street trees and plantings, on-street parking, lights, benches, art, and other pedestrian amenities. It can also include café seating, outdoor store displays, and other commercial activity. This part of the public street is critical to walkability and business success. Districts that offer a safe, attractive and generous streetside realm rate among the most livable places in the country with high income potential for businesses. The proposed code update offers new standards for the streetside realm including features and dimensions that support this vision.
The City of Eugene Planning and Development Department is responsible for administering the code. The update process begins with the community’s vision for what the future of Eugene should be like. With clear goals in mind, this process is followed by a great deal of research, analysis, and legal review to craft a code that achieves these goals. The Eugene Planning Commission, various stakeholder groups, neighbors, and experts are consulted along the way. When a complete draft is ready, the broader community is engaged to assess how well the proposed code meets and balances the community’s needs. Any proposed changes need to be carefully reviewed by the Eugene Planning Commission, who makes a final recommendation. However, all final decisions related to the code are made by the Eugene City Council based on the Planning Commission’s recommendation.
Code changes involve a great deal of community outreach to make sure everyone has a chance to understand what’s happening, get their questions answered, and share their views on the proposals. In addition to other mailings, meetings, and events, code changes require official notice to all affected property owners as well as an official public hearing at both the Planning Commission and City Council level. Official public notice requires letters to be mailed to property owners and occupants within 500 feet of the district, as well as advertisement in the local newspaper.
A good rule of thumb is to think about planning for the next generation. Even though the code update suggests that things will be different in the future, this transition will not happen overnight. In fact, given the difficult economics of redevelopment, change is expected to be very gradual. Almost all of the property in the district is already developed. Even with incentives such as MUPTE (Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption), the analysis suggests that about 250 new multi-family housing units will be built in the entire district over 20 years, along with a few dozen new jobs. This is good news for those who are concerned about change and not so good news for those who would like the long-term vision to happen sooner rather than later.Change will happen whether we plan for it or not. This project is how we, as a community, can guide that change in a way that better meets our expectations.
Updating our code is the first step. After that, there are two main things we can do as a community. First, we can invest in the kinds of development the community want to see. Since the area is already developed, any new buildings will have to be done through “redevelopment.” This can be guided and encouraged by making strategic investments project by project. Second, we can build new public amenities like street and pedestrian improvements, parks, and plazas, or make other changes like moving power lines and utilities underground. These projects need a large funding source, so aren’t very common, but they can make a big difference in the quality and value of the district over time. These actions are part of the South Willamette Concept Plan “Action Plan” and will be completed as resources are available after the code update is adopted.
Eugene’s current economic climate (i.e. low average wages, high construction costs) make redevelopment very challenging for most development types. Student housing and medical offices are the only two types that make financial sense as redevelopment projects. Based on detailed analysis, however, other kinds of mixed use or housing are very unlikely to pencil out. Most of the new redevelopment projects we see downtown, for example, are enabled by public-private partnerships and wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The same is true in the South Willamette Area, where conditions do not support mixed use, multi-story redevelopment. For this reason, the City Council is proposing to extend the Multi-Unit Tax Exemption (MUPTE) to the South Willamette Area. This will help close the “financial feasibility gap” for a few projects over the years and help the community avoid expanding the Urban Growth Boundary. The proposed, revamped MUPTE program will also help ensure higher-quality projects and good design. It is important to note that the revised MUPTE program will not be available for student housing and medical office projects. Also, the MUPTE program will not be “turned on” for the South Willamette district until the new code is adopted and in place to help ensure that the investment supports projects that better meet the community’s expectations. For more information on the MUPTE program please visit the MUPTE project web page.
New development occurs only when property owners choose. No property owner would be displaced or be required to relocate or redevelop their property; property owners will make decisions about their own properties. Market forces create opportunities for development and redevelopment. If people are not interested in building or rebuilding an apartment, a house or a business in the district, no change or development occurs. When an individual property owner decides it’s time for a change, any development proposals will be required to meet the code regulations in place at the time the proposal is made.
Everyone is both welcome and encouraged to get involved and share input. The proposed design code is to guide the future of an important part of Eugene in a way that meets the community’s needs. Your views and insights are valuable and will help guide a successful code update for the district. The best way to stay informed of opportunities to provide input is to add your name and email address to the Interest List and check the project web page regularly. Join the Interest List.
The intent of the plan is two-fold: to enhance a neighborhood center that already serves a large number of Eugeneans, and to set design standards for future growth and redevelopment that is likely to occur in and near South Willamette whether the code is adopted or not.These twin purposes have been an important part of the conversation over the last five years, from visioning to code implementation. The first purpose is about creating more opportunities for people to find employment, do business, and meet daily needs in close proximity to their homes; for streets that are safe, comfortable and interesting to walk along; and for a greater diversity of housing options to meet a growing diversity of demographics and lifestyles.The second purpose is about establishing design standards that require development to meet the community’s expectations. Through the Envision Eugene process, City Council has determined that there is sufficient land for housing inside our existing Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate 20 years of population growth. This presumes the development of currently vacant lands and the redevelopment of other properties. For multi-family housing, the city’s approach is to prioritize Key Corridors and Core Commercial Areas, and South Willamette is identified as both. Whether or not the South Willamette Special Area Zone is adopted, there is capacity to add development in the district. The existing zoning allows much more than is currently built, as is the case in many places across the city. The proposed code is not a tool to increase density or make development happen faster; the code serves as a set of rules that future development must follow, focusing on building form and design transitions.In 2014, City staff used the Redevelopment Estimating Tool (RET), an analysis framework developed collaboratively by staff and a community advisory committee, the Technical Resource Group, to compare the redevelopment expected to occur under the South Willamette Special Area Zone with the baseline of expected redevelopment under existing zoning. The conclusion of the study was that the code had minimal impact on the quantity of redevelopment, potentially 60 additional units over 20 years in the entire area. If City Council voted to implement economic incentives, such as the MUPTE program, it would raise the number to 250 units in 20 years. The study demonstrated that the primary cause of redevelopment in the area would be the financial balance between construction costs and rents or sales, and not the land use code.
The critical role that the South Willamette Special Area Zone plays in Envision Eugene is demonstrating how the city plans to accommodate infill and redevelopment in a way that preserves neighborhood livability. Envision Eugene identified key corridors and core commercial areas, directs the city to do area planning along corridors, and directs the city to develop compatible design transitions between different land uses, especially corridors and lower density residential areas. Existing zoning and planning documents allow for a significant amount of growth, both commercial development and housing, under minimal code standards. The pivotal question is whether the neighborhood will be ready for new development, whether plans will be in place to avoid the consequences of the existing zoning. The South Willamette Concept Plan recognized this opportunity – an opportunity to avoid problems that have plagued other neighborhoods and to build the community people want for the future.
No. Existing buildings are rarely built to the maximum height and area that the zoning allows. For example, houses in the R-1 zone (Low-Density Residential) can be up to 30 feet tall (2-3 stories) and can occupy half of the area of the lot. For a typical 60’ x 120’ lot, that would be a 7,000 – 10,000 square foot house. The C-2 commercial zone that lines much of south Willamette Street allows buildings that are 120 feet tall (10-12 stories), cover 90% of the property, and have no setback.The distinction between existing buildings and zoning can be confusing when single family houses are built on properties zoned for higher density, such as R-2 (Medium-Density Residential). Today in South Willamette, there are 40 properties zoned R-2 with single family houses on them and 32 properties zoned R-3 with single family houses on them.Zoning is a tool the city uses to regulate development within the context of our larger land use plan, or blueprint for growth in the region, the Metro Plan. In 1982, the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan General Plan was adopted, establishing basic Plan Designations across the entire Metro Region. These designations, such as LDR - Low Density Residential, HDR - High Density Residential and COM - Commercial, were established as a regional policy to guide future zoning changes. Where city zoning is in conflict with the Plan Designation, property owners typically have legal grounds to rezone their property to a zone consistent with the Plan Designation. Today in South Willamette, there are 36 properties currently zoned R-1 that have a Plan Designation of MDR – Medium Density Residential or higher. The South Willamette planning process started with the Metro Plan as a guide to determine, with the community, where taller buildings would be appropriate in the district, and then developed an implementing zone focused on design standards and compatible transitions.
Yes. Prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing, legal notices were sent to property owners and occupants within the Special Area Zone boundary and also those within 500 foot of the area. Mailing Lists and Maps were sent through the US Postal Service.
Yes. State and city law require legal notices to property owners and occupants within the Special Area Zone boundary and also those within 500 foot of the area prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing. The same area is planned for notification of the City Council hearing, although this is not currently required by City Ordinance. The City of Eugene has a state-acknowledged citizen involvement program that insures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process. The City staff far surpassed these minimum obligations over five years of extensive public engagement. Over the years, outreach has included door-to-door canvassing of businesses on Willamette St., multiple neighborhood picnics, meetings and board meetings, a “test-drive” workshop with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, contributions to neighborhood newsletters, the creation of a code concepts video, and regular emails to an interested parties list that grew to over 650 participants. Prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing, and in addition to the required noticing, city staff sent a second mailing – a postcard – to every owner and occupant on the required list, as well as other stakeholders.Recently, staff participated on a panel at the South Willamette multi-neighborhood forum, and continues to talk with and email dozens of people about the proposed code. All public comments are documented in the project record.
The study area boundary has remained fixed since the completion of the South Willamette Concept Plan in March 2013. Prior to that, one of the tasks of the concept plan was to determine the extent of the study area. Various boundaries were explored, and by 2012, the boundary arrived at its final shape, confirmed with the publication of the Concept Plan the following spring.
Yes. The existing commercial zoning throughout the South Willamette area allows residential uses, including row houses, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and multiple family dwellings. The C-2 zoning, covers 33.3 acres on and around Willamette Street, over 25% of the South Willamette area. An example of a project allowed under current C-2 zoning is The Hub, on Broadway near Patterson Street.
Yes. Addressing the potential impacts of new development has been the main focus of the work for over five years, and is the basis for creating the proposed code. Here are some of the impacts that have been studied:RedevelopmentIn 2014, City staff used the Redevelopment Estimating Tool (RET), an analysis framework developed collaboratively by staff and a community advisory committee, the Technical Resource Group, to compare the redevelopment expected to occur under the South Willamette Special Area Zone with the baseline of expected redevelopment under existing zoning. The conclusion of the study was that the code had minimal impact on the quantity of redevelopment, potentially 60 additional units over 20 years in the entire area. If City Council voted to implement economic incentives, such as the MUPTE program, it would raise the number to 250 units in 20 years. The study demonstrated that the primary cause of redevelopment in the area would be the financial balance between construction costs and rents or sales, and not land use policy.Traffic and transportationFrom the outset of the Concept Plan development, a key concept has been to facilitate a walkable neighborhood. The code would put setbacks in place that are needed to make Willamette Street and other streets safer, more attractive, and more walkable, as well as provide more parking in the district. This has not been at the exclusion of cars and other travel modes, and there are a number of provisions that address specific needs for people driving or on bicycles, but in a way that helps the district overall look and function better.At the same time that this code is being considered, the City of Eugene’s Transportation System Plan, a state-mandated, long-range plan to guide transportation investments, is also being updated. For its traffic analysis, this plan incorporated the proposed code update for the South Willamette district. Based on what’s expected to happen over the next 20 years, the TSP projects no need for additional infrastructure beyond what’s already been planned, which includes the restriping test of Willamette Street, and lots of other projects in the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.As is already the case city-wide, any larger project that happens in the district will be required to do a traffic impact analysis to see if that particular project will trigger any needed improvements like crosswalks, signs, signals, etc. on a case-by-case basis.In addition, the code update will comply with state rules specially designed for districts like South Willamette, where the community is trying to create an active, livable center in a currently auto-oriented, commercial district. The code update meets all the state’s criteria, which includes maintaining car traffic capacity as it does today, but also supporting other, more active transportation modes like walking, biking, and transit. This makes the district safer and more attractive, while providing residents and visitors with more transportation options.ParkingParking has been discussed thoroughly from the beginning of the project several years ago. Based on those conversations, the South Willamette Concept Plan lays out several ways to address parking over time, and those ideas have been built on by more recent, detailed options drafted and presented to the Eugene Planning Commission by the City’s Parking Manager. Considering that the scale of change in the district is expected to be small and rather slow, this allows time to be proactive and implement parking options ahead of, or in conjunction with, new projects that may come along. In addition, the proposed code would create capacity for more than 235 parking spaces on Willamette Street, about the same parking capacity as the Pearl Street Garage on 10th and Oak in downtown. Under the current code, new commercial buildings wouldn’t be able to provide parking between the building and the street. The proposed code would create space for, and allow, new parking on the street, in addition to a safer, more pleasant pedestrian realm, in keeping with the vision of the Concept Plan.The proposed code also reduces the minimum private parking requirements to be consistent with other recent parking standards in the city (such as Walnut Station), and increases the options that property owners have for meeting those requirements, including the use of on-street spaces, shared and time-flex parking, and off-site facilities. These standards, coupled with the proposed parking management options, reduce the amount of land dedicated to automobile parking, in line with our community’s climate change and energy reduction goals. The proposed parking standards balance the need for automobile parking with other needs such as to reduce impervious paving (which also reduces urban heat island effect), reduce housing costs, and use more land for other uses, from housing and commercial space to parks, gardens and patios.AffordabilityThe potential for change in the district has been thoroughly studied, including how the proposed code might affect whether or not owners could choose to redevelop particular properties. Based on the expected level of redevelopment in the district (i.e., 250 units in the district over 20 years if incentives are applied), the code itself won’t have much impact on property values or rents over the next 20 years. Changes in affordability would be driven over this time period more by the market and local economy, not the code. Some say the code will decrease property values if a large project goes in next door. Others say it will increase property values too much by making the land more attractive for redevelopment. Each of those options could be seen as a positive or negative depending on one’s viewpoint. The improved transition standards are designed to mitigate impacts of new development.Housing affordability is a city-wide issue (in Eugene and many other communities) that Council and City staff are exploring further as part of a larger conversation (see Consolidated Plan, Fair Housing Plan, etc.). Smaller homes located in town near services and amenities, with options for singles, couples, retirees, etc. are typically more affordable, especially factoring in the cost of transportation.. Pushing development to the outskirts of town, far away from services with no access to transit, and limited ability to walk or bike, increases the cost of living for those residents. The code promotes livability through better regulations on design, transitions, more diverse building types, better streets, etc., while also allowing more people to live and work close in. To the extent the code succeeds in achieving these goals over time, it should have a net positive effect on housing affordability.SchoolsThe school district has been involved in discussions for several years, in particular around the former Willard School site. Our current understanding is that South Eugene schools have been experiencing decreasing attendance for a number of years. The district is aware that needs may change in the future as the demographics and composition of Eugene neighborhoods continue to shift. For example, Willard School site is currently being held in reserve by 4J for future needs.Given the modest changes expected through redevelopment over the next 20 years, the code itself will likely have little effect on schools. Demographic and related economic trends, e.g., whether or not new families are starting or moving into or out of the area, will be the main drivers of school attendance.
Yes. Under the proposed code, no building can be taller than 3 stories along a street, at which point taller buildings are required to step back for all upper stories. The current code allows buildings as tall as 120 feet to be built immediately on the front property line (The Hub on Broadway near Patterson is an example), potentially restricting light, air and views and not providing adequate space for amenities supporting the community’s vision of a walkable district and business vitality.The design code proposes a “special setback” on South Willamette and 29th Avenue to ensure that future development will allow space for a safe and attractive pedestrian environment and on-street parking. These measures are critical for achieving the community’s vision. The special setback will help ensure that future buildings are placed in the right location to allow the desired, future street-side realm to be built within the district over time. On South Willamette Street, this includes a 15 foot special setback from the existing right of way on either side of the street. The future street-side realm preserved by the special setback would be able to accommodate a 10’ sidewalk, street trees, and amenities like lights and benches, and on-street parking to serve adjacent businesses.As discussed in more detail below, regarding the triggers for the new code, this special setback would not impact current businesses. Current businesses need existing parking and site improvements; impacts to these existing improvements could be damaging to businesses, and so the proposed standards only apply to new projects. Property owners who choose to make changes on their property would only be required to meet the proposed standards if the existing sidewalk is demolished and reconstructed. However, to support the success of future businesses, owners would have the option of constructing long-term street-side improvements, including on-street parking, at the time of redevelopment.
Yes. The proposed code specifies that renovations and additions up to 30% (see below) do not trigger the design standards. The triggers are:
Additionally, the city’s standard provisions for rebuilding structures after a catastrophe apply: a building damaged in a fire, earthquake or similar event can be restored, as long as the reconstruction begins within two years of the damage.
Yes. One of the issues identified during the development of the South Willamette Concept Plan was that the current zoning had many abrupt adjacencies between high density commercial or residential development and low density houses. Today under the existing zoning in the South Willamette area, there are:
The South Willamette Special Area Zone reintroduces the concept of height and zoning transitions, implementing gradual increments of change to increase compatibility between neighbors. As a whole, the proposed zoning decreases those conflicts for low density properties both inside and outside the study area. Under the proposed zoning there would be:
Furthermore, the proposed transition standards would offer the highest level of protection anywhere in Eugene. These standards offer more reassurance that new development will be more compatible with existing neighborhoods. Transitions, including increased interior yard setbacks and decreased height limits, are required for all AC or MU zoned properties adjacent to areas zoned for single family homes.
In most areas of Eugene, the only transition standard required is that commercial buildings stepdown to the maximum height of adjacent residential zones within 50’ of the property line.
No. Property taxes are controlled by a state law that limits annual increases to 3%, regardless of changes in property values. Unless your property is redeveloped or has new improvements, your taxable value will not be affected by the South Willamette Special Area Zone.
No. The South Willamette Special Area Zone addresses the need for planning around one of Eugene’s key corridors and core commercial areas. With the completion of the South Willamette plan, the Planning Division will fulfill commitments for area planning in the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods, around the University of Oregon, and in other Key Corridors and Core Commercial Areas around the city. No other areas near South Willamette qualify as one of these.
No. The final decision-making power rests with the Eugene City Council. The Council has not yet begun its process for South Willamette, which is tentatively scheduled to begin with a work session on October 21, 2015 and a public hearing on November 9, 2015. For now, the public record is open, and any testimony submitted now will be considered by the Council in their deliberations. For more information see the City Public Participation website. The Council will have the benefit of a recommendation from the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission is appointed by the Council to help plan for growth and development within the city. The Planning Commission developed the proposed Special Area Zone code between 2013 and 2015 as a means of implementing the community vision expressed in the South Willamette Concept Plan. The Planning Commission process involved 18 public sessions, with input from community members and city staff support. The resulting draft code was unanimously recommended to City Council. However, the City Council has no obligation to accept any or all of the Planning Commission recommendation.
Yes, but not on Willamette Street. MovingAhead, a collaboration between Lane Transit District and the City of Eugene, is a current project to determine what improvements are needed on some of our most important transportation corridors for people using transit, and facilities for people walking and biking. The corridor between downtown and Lane Community College has been identified as one of these key corridors, and although the preferred route will not been determined until 2016, the project team is not considering Willamette Street itself as an option for EmX. However, there is interest from the community project oversight committee to bring EmX service close enough to the South Willamette area that it can provide additional transportation options to the neighborhood, and Amazon Parkway is being considered as a route. This is consistent with how EmX was considered during the Concept Plan process.
No. At a later date, City Council may expand the MUPTE boundaries upon approval of:
The areas that the council may approve later are: the downtown area west of Charnelton; Mid-town; South Willamette; West 11th; 6th/7th Trainsong Highway 99 Corridor; Valley River Center commercial area; North Franklin; South River Road; Mid-River Road; North River Road; South Coburg Road; Mid- Coburg Road; and North Coburg Road.
Public involvement has been a critical component in getting us to an agreed-upon Urban Reserve area. There have been five large in-person meetings and a virtual, month-long open house that have been promoted to study area residents and the general public in a variety of ways. The first two Urban Reserves outreach events were held in October 2018 and May 2019 at the Downtown Library. Postcards were mailed to all property owners within the study area (other than Fisher Road). In November 2019, property owners within the Fisher Road expansion area were notified that their land was being considered for Urban Reserves. Then, in December 2019, all property owners whose land was still in an area being considered for urban reserves were notified by postcard and invited to three different Open House events. In June and July 2020, property owners were notified of the virtual open house hosted on Engage Eugene throughout July 2020.
In August 2018, the City Manager appointed 13 community volunteers to serve on the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC). The EETAC has been guiding Urban Reserves Planning by reviewing technical information that will be used to inform policy decisions, providing feedback to staff on technical-related issues, and reviewing assumptions and analysis related to long-term growth management-related efforts. You can keep up to date on their work at the EETAC project webpage, which includes the member roster and meeting materials.
Additionally, information is kept up to date on the City of Eugene Urban Reserves webpage and Urban Reserves Engage Eugene project page, and project updates are sent monthly in the EUG Planning Newsletter. We encourage anyone interested in getting regular project updates to sign up for the Urban Reserves Interested Parties list.
After receiving direction to proceed with the adoption process from the Board of Commissioners and City Council, a significant amount of work was undertaken. Some of this was policy refinement, drafting plan amendments, developing IGAs with service providers, writing legal findings, and documenting our public engagement process. In so doing, we also refined our analysis, and the proposed Eugene urban reserve boundary has changed slightly, resulting in 22 fewer developable acres. The proposed urban reserves are still expected to provide the City with approximately a 27-year supply of developable land, covering a planning period of 2032-2059. There was some parkland and LCC land not identified with development capacity on the edge of the study area removed from consideration as part of our suitability analysis, as well as a parcel with land in the Airport’s Runway Protection Zone, north of the Eugene Airport.
The average capacity calculations were based on existing development patterns inside the UGB completed for the previous UGB expansion analysis acknowledged by the state of Oregon in January 2018. Before expanding the UGB into Urban Reserves, the state requires cities to take actions to facilitate denser development within the UGB. If land is still needed for growth after that, then the UGB will expand into Urban Reserves.
In theory, House Bill 2001 may allow Eugene to develop more densely, however, there is no way to know future development patterns and market conditions. Because of this, the bill states that local jurisdictions can increase their density estimations by only 3% after the implementation of the bill. The 3% increase may reduce the amount of land needed at the next UGB expansion analysis. House Bill 2001 code amendments will be finalized before June 2023 and will begin to take effect then. The bill may affect overall city density, how much land is needed when the UGB expands, and how quickly we would need to expand into Urban Reserves.
The state gives communities flexibility when deciding on the size of Urban Reserves--we can designate enough land to meet the needs of between 10- and 30-years of population growth, from 2032. First, the Urban Reserves technical analysis gave us the critical information needed for establishing the Urban Reserves study area and calculating our land need. After completing the technical analysis, we conducted the suitability analysis to evaluate all land in the study area, then dismissed land that, on balance, would be unsuitable for Urban Reserves, according to the state guidelines. Using the technical and suitability analyses we began by identifying the best Urban Reserve option to meet a 30-year land need, then evaluated a range of other scenarios of varying sizes. There were several other options explored that were not moved forward, due primarily to physical constraints and land patterns that would negatively impact future serviceability. Preliminary options were refined, with the help of the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee, that reflect the largest possible Urban Reserve size (30-year), the smallest possible Urban Reserve size (10-year) and two options that protect our highest-class soils.
For Urban Reserves, the state directs us to prioritize farm and forest land equally, so that properties of either type with the least productive soils are considered first for Urban Reserves. Therefore, we identified for each suitable property, the predominant land capability class for agricultural land and the predominant forest productivity class for forest land. Then, predominant agricultural land capability and forest productivity classes were combined into one dataset for analysis purposes. The land capability and forest productivity class data came from the US Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Forestry.
On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a motion in support of the Eugene City Council’s initiation of a public review and adoption process to consider the establishment of Urban Reserves as described in Option 3, the 27-Year option. This direction is consistent with the majority of the input received through our public engagement process, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee recommendation to staff, and the Eugene Planning Commission recommendation to City Council. You can watch a recording of the meeting here.
Option 3 includes almost 6,000 acres of land, enough to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032 (to 2059). This Urban Reserve area strives to protect our highest value soils by removing from future urbanization all agricultural properties with predominant Class 1 land and directly adjacent agricultural properties with predominant Class 2 land.
Yes, the Urban Reserves designation could potentially be changed in the future, if the City Council and the Board of Commissioners agreed to do so. For example, at their November 10, 2020 meeting, the Lane County Board of Commissioners moved to include in the adoption package wording to revisit Urban Reserves within 10-years of UGB adoption.
As of January 2021, we are beginning to assemble an adoption package for review. The adoption package is a collection of all the work we have done so far that documents how we calculated land need, evaluated the land, and arrived at the 27-Year Option. Essentially, it is similar to filling out the paperwork after making an offer to buy a house. The formal adoption process will include work sessions and public hearings with Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions as well as the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners. The Planning Commissions will consider and form a recommendation to the City Council and the Board of Commissioners. The Council and Board will then consider and ultimately act on the adoption package.
Yes! As part of the adoption phase, there will be opportunities to provide public comment to decision-makers. When that time comes, property owners and interested parties will receive notices, and we will share information on the project’s webpage. Sign up for the interested parties list here.
Urban Reserves are a special designation, allowed by state law, for lands outside the urban growth boundary (UGB) that can be considered a first priority if and when a city needs to expand for a growing population. Currently, we have enough land within our UGB to meet forecasted population growth until 2032. The goal of Urban Reserves planning is to identify where Eugene may grow to serve up to 30 years of population growth beyond the 2032 UGB, or as late as 2062. Similar to a UGB, Urban Reserves are supposed to include enough land needed for housing and jobs, as well as public lands such as parks, schools and other services. However, Urban Reserve lands remain rural, and cannot be urbanized, unless they are brought into a city’s UGB through the formal process for expansion. Urban Reserves must be jointly agreed upon and designated by the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners.
Eugene’s future rate of population growth is uncertain, and our best predictions are likely to be wrong. If we grow faster than anticipated, we need to be prepared. This means having options identified, like Urban Reserves, so we can respond once we know how quickly we are growing and what type of land we will need. Urban Reserves can also help landowners surrounding the UGB plan for their future by clarifying which properties will be reserved for possible urban use and which ones will not. Similarly, with Urban Reserves in place, Eugene, Lane County and service providers like EWEB, LTD, and others will be better able to plan for the costs and coordination needed to serve future neighborhoods with public facilities and services.
The urban growth boundary (UGB) is the cornerstone of land use planning in Oregon. It is the line that separates urban uses from rural uses with the aim of protecting our farm and forest lands while making sure we have enough space for the needs of a growing urban population to live, work and play. Every city in Oregon is required to have an urban growth boundary, which must contain enough land for housing, employment, parks and schools for the next 20 years of projected population growth.
Land within areas designated as Urban Reserves will remain rural and within Lane County’s jurisdiction. Designating land as Urban Reserves does not make it part of Eugene. This means that land use decisions and applications for building permits will still go through Lane County.
That depends on how fast Eugene is growing and how quickly we are using up the supply of developable land within the UGB. Eugene’s new Growth Monitoring Program will allow us to regularly analyze how quickly the City’s land is developing and when a UGB expansion may be needed. Any future UGB expansion onto urban reserve land will go through a state-guided process which requires a rigorous analysis of 20-year land needs using the most up-to-date population forecasts and identifying strategies to develop more compactly inside the current UGB before expanding.
Land already abutting the UGB will most likely come in first, depending on the type of land needed and the results of the UGB analysis. It will be incrementally brought into the UGB as we grow and know what types of land we need.
Designating Urban Reserves does not change if and when the urban growth boundary gets expanded. The process for UGB expansion is tightly controlled by state law and we would still need to complete the required analysis, including identifying ways to grow more compact inside the current UGB. If that analysis does find a need to expand, City Council could then initiate the UGB expansion process. Once Urban Reserves are designated (by the City and County), they automatically become the first priority of land to analyze when it is time to determine where to expand the UGB. The final step is bringing urban reserve land into the UGB to meet the type of land needs identified. Urban reserve land will be further analyzed and planned based on our expansion needs, then brought into the UGB for those specific uses, such as housing or jobs. The Urban Reserves technical analysis will help streamline the UGB process, such as the development of the study area and land supply model, which will also be used for UGB expansion analysis.
No; by undertaking urban reserves planning now our goal is to provide better options for any necessary UGB expansions later. Urban Reserves planning analyzes and ultimately designates land that is most suitable for future urbanization according to state rules. These large areas of land will then become the first priority lands we can select from for future UGB expansions. So, the planning we are doing today will help us grow into areas better suited for future neighborhoods later--areas with land for homes, jobs, parks and schools that can be efficiently served by roads, transit, water, sewer, fire protection, and other important utilities and services.
Urban Reserves planning has been underway since 2018. The Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners have directed staff to have urban reserves in place by the time we have our first growth monitoring report ready. Staff brought an Urban Reserve proposal to the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners for their direction in November 2020. They directed staff to begin the formal adoption process, with the public hearings beginning in Fall of 2022.
Housing supply and affordability are critically important issues for our community. We are coordinating our Urban Reserves planning with the work of our Growth Monitoring program so that Urban Reserves are in place before the UGB is re-examined. Without Urban Reserves in place, state law would likely limit future UGB expansions for housing to exception areas and non-resource lands. These include properties like the airport, LCC, and rural residential lands scattered around the City. The problem is, many of these areas are already developed to some degree and have a low likelihood of redevelopment if brought into the UGB. You may remember from the UGB process that our studies showed most of these lands are extremely expensive to serve and may not meet our community’s needs. This is a key point, because if we don’t have Urban Reserves in place when there is a need to expand our UGB, then our choices will be limited to only these areas. Urban Reserves gives us additional options for smart growth and for meeting the goals of Envision Eugene if and when there is a need to expand.
Planning for Urban Reserves will not change Eugene’s current Urban Growth Boundary. Urban Reserves planning simply identifies first priority land for when Eugene needs to expand. Any future UGB expansion onto urban reserve lands will go through the same state-guided process, which requires a rigorous analysis of 20-year land needs using the most up-to-date population forecasts.
State law currently only allows communities to designate Rural Reserves in the Portland Metro area. Even though Rural Reserves will not be designated as part of Urban Reserves planning, rural residents should benefit from the greater clarity over what land could be brought into the UGB in the future. By default, any land that is not included in Urban Reserves should remain rural for at least the next 50 years. In addition, rural landowners could work with land trusts to put conservation easements on their property which would limit the future development potential of their land in perpetuity.
The 2019 draft Portland State University (PSU) population forecast for Eugene shows a 2062 population of 262,411 people. Urban Reserves will plan for up to approximately 49,000 additional people expected between 2032 and 2062.
In November 2020, the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners directed staff to move forward with the 27-Year Urban Reserve Option. It includes enough land to accommodate population growth between 2032-2059.
Eugene’s future rate of population growth is uncertain and our best predictions are likely to be wrong. Urban Reserves help us plan for that uncertainty by identifying land for potential future UGB expansion. Urban Reserves land is not assigned a specific use at this time; it is simply identified now so that we can incrementally bring it into the UGB in the future, as needed.
Meeting Materials, Webcast
On November 10, 2020, the Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to support the Eugene City Council’s initiation of a public review and adoption process to consider the establishment of Urban Reserves as described in Option 3, the 27-Year Option. Option 3 includes almost 6,000 acres of land, enough to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032, and strives to protect our highest value soils by removing from consideration all agricultural properties with predominant Class 1 land and directly adjacent agricultural properties with predominant Class 2 land.
On October 21, 2020, the Eugene City Council passed a motion, in a 7 - 1 vote, to support Urban Reserve Option 3, which includes enough land to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032. The City Council’s direction is consistent with the recommendation made by the Eugene Planning Commission, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee’s recommendation to staff, the majority of public input, and the City Manager’s recommendation. Prior to passing the motion, the City Council held a work session on October 12, 2020, to allow for additional time to ask questions and receive information.
On September 21, 2020, staff presented four Urban Reserves Options to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners at a joint work session. Staff also shared recommendations from the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC), Eugene Planning Commission, Lane County Planning Commission, and the results of our Virtual Open House survey.
On August 18th the Lane County Planning Commission voted 5-3 to recommend the 30-Year Option with a plan policy requiring the Class 1 and 2 farm land in the Awbrey subarea to be the last of the urban reserve land to be considered for expansion of Eugene’s urban growth boundary.
On August 17th the Eugene Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend the 27-Year option.
Open House Survey Results
On July 16, 2020, after seventeen meetings over the course of 22 months, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC) provided their final input and recommendation to staff on the Urban Reserve Options under consideration. Two motions were passed. The first supports the urban reserves analysis as technically sound. The second motion supports the recommendation of Option 3, the 27-year option, that preserves Class 1 and adjacent Class 2 land, with the acknowledgment that the year-range is an estimate based on current population forecasts and existing land use code.
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To see if your property is included in the proposed urban reserves area, visit the Proposed Urban Reserves Web Map and use the address search function in the upper right corner and then click on your property, a pop-up will appear on the left side of page detailing if your property is included. If your property is included, we will notify you before the public hearing process begins.
Being included in Urban Reserves means your property will be among the land considered first when a UGB expansion is necessary. Land designated as Urban Reserves will remain rural, and can’t be urbanized, unless it is brought into the City’s urban growth boundary (UGB) through the formal state-directed process for UGB expansion, and is subsequently annexed into city limits.
County staff have developed draft land use policies, based on state rules, to ensure that land designated as Urban Reserves will remain rural while also being prioritized for future urban growth. Any new policies will need to be agreed to by both Eugene and Lane County as part of the Urban Reserves adoption process. Since the Eugene Urban Reserves will affect county land and residents, proposed policies are being led by county staff. The intention of the draft policies are to ensure that development and land division will not hinder the transition to urban land uses and services before land is brought into the UGB.
The short answer is not many. Proposed policies include:
Prohibiting landowners of non-resource land (primarily rural residential or industrial land) to apply to change plans, land use code or zoning to allow a more intensive use on their property than what is currently allowed, until included in the UGB. An example of this would be applying to change your zone from rural residential to industrial because the proposed new zone would allow more intensive uses.
Prohibiting landowners of resource land (farm or forest land) to apply to rezone or redesignate their land to a non-resource zone or designation, until included in the UGB. This is meant to keep these larger and mostly undeveloped parcels as a resource use until urbanization can occur. An example of this would be applying to change your designation from farm land to residential land. This process is already difficult, however, if land were designated Urban Reserves, it would not be allowed at all until it is brought into the UGB.
Also being proposed is a policy to review Eugene’s Urban Reserves no later than 10 years after Eugene’s first UGB expansion following the initial adoption of Urban Reserves. This policy was a recommendation from the Lane County Board of Commissioners with the intent to ensure that the Urban Reserves do not contain too little or too much land, depending on how the city grows.
Yes, property that is included in Urban Reserves can continue to be used as it is currently. Urban Reserves don’t trigger any changes in use.
The answer, in short, is yes. If a single-family dwelling would have been permitted before Urban Reserves, it will still be permitted after property is included in Urban Reserves. A policy to this effect will be included in the adoption package pursuant to State law. To learn more about proposed policies you can review the meeting materials from the June 15th Lane County Planning Commission meeting. For more information about County policies and regulations, contact Lane County Principal Planner Lindsey Eichner.
CC&Rs and other types of HOA agreements are private contracts and are not enforced by the City or County. Urban Reserves cannot change private neighborhood agreements. These private agreements can be more restrictive than zoning laws and may include details on things like accessory dwelling units and minimum lot sizes. The City enforces its zoning laws; it will not enforce CC&Rs even if a property owner applies for a permit to use property in a way that conflicts with their CC&Rs. If a neighborhood is eventually brought into the Urban Growth Boundary, the zoning would change to allow for future urban uses.
Based on State land use requirements, we have to consider specific areas for Urban Reserves regardless of property owner desire, but staff and decision-makers want to know your opinion about any proposed Urban Reserve area.
Having your land included in an Urban Reserves area will not change your current service provision. Property owners are only eligible for services, such as sewer and EWEB water, when their property is annexed into the City of Eugene. To annex and receive City services, Urban Reserves land would have to first be brought into the Urban Growth Boundary and then meet the requirements for voluntary annexation. See the next question for more information on this.
Annexation into the city limits is voluntary. Annexation typically occurs when a property owner proposes to develop a property that is within the UGB but is not within the city limits. There has been no discussion of requiring properties to annex if they are brought into the UGB. To annex into the city limits, the property must:
See the property owner matrix for more information on City and County differences in services, land use, and taxes.
This is hard to say. There is a chance that the city could need to expand sooner than expected, or that land designated as Urban Reserves would never be included in the urban growth boundary (UGB). In the future, if analysis shows that we need more land to accommodate more people, we will consider expanding the UGB and will look to Urban Reserves areas first. Essentially, Urban Reserves become the first priority land to grow into. However, how much the UGB expands and where within Urban Reserves the UGB expands will depend on several factors, including how fast Eugene’s population grows, how densely we are growing within the UGB, and what kind of land we need (residential, employment, etc). Our Growth Monitoring Program is tracking this. See the graphic illustration on the next page for more information.
Bringing property into the UGB does not change the tax rates applied to the property. The tax rates would only change if the property was brought into the UGB and then the property owner chooses to annex into the City limits. See the property owner matrix for more information.
Being designated as Urban Reserves will not change your farm tax deferral. Property owners who currently farm their land and receive the farm deferral can continue to do so, even if their property is brought into the UGB. The farm deferral program is tied to the use of the land, so property owners can continue to receive the farm deferral even if their zoning changes when they are brought into the UGB. For land currently zoned for Exclusive Farm Use (EFU), property owners would need to reapply for the farm deferral if they were brought into the UGB but can continue to receive it. When a farm deferral property changes use (i.e. is no longer farmed), it will be disqualified from the deferral. Lane County Assessment and Taxation staff are happy to discuss this process in detail with individual property owners.
There is no effect on the taxable value as a result of solely changing the land use designation of a property. For private property, the taxable value is equal to the property’s ‘assessed value,’ which is, by law, lower than the market value of the property. Unless the property redevelops or changes use, Oregon state law limits the increase in a property’s assessed value to 3% per year, and it cannot exceed the property’s real market value. It is normal for the market value of a property to fluctuate year-to-year and this does not trigger a recalculation of the Assessed Value.
If a property were brought into the UGB it is likely that its market value would change, but this alone would not change the tax rate or the assessed value. However, if property is brought into the UGB and then the use of that property changes to be consistent with the new zoning then the assessed value would be recalculated. If the rezone occurs, but no new development occurs that shows use is consistent with the new zoning, then the billed taxes proceed as normal. If a property is annexed into the City limits, the tax rate applied to the taxable value will increase, and the overall tax burden will increase accordingly. See the property owner matrix for more information.
In the beginning of the Adoption Phase, staff assemble the adoption package—this is a package that shows all the work, outreach, and justifications for the staff recommendation to decision makers. Then, when the adoption package is ready, it will be presented to the Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions. Those Commissions will hold public hearings to review the adoption package, hear public comment, and make their recommendation to the decision makers. Then, the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners will consider the staff recommendation, public input, and the City and County’s recommendations before making a joint decision to adopt Urban Reserves.
The public hearings will begin in Fall 2022 with a joint City Planning Commission and County Planning Commission scheduled for October 18, 2022. Public Hearing dates will be posted on the Urban Reserves project webpage.
Currently, meetings are being held virtually and will continue to be held virtually for the upcoming Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing on October 18 and for the prior work sessions. The project team will provide the most up to date information and updates about public meetings on the Urban Reserves project webpage.
There are numerous ways to provide your input. You can e-mail testimony to UrbanReserves@eugene-or.gov. If you’d like to provide comments directly to staff, you can contact Project Manager Rebecca Gershow. You may also contact the Lane County Planning Commission, City of Eugene Planning Commission, Lane County Board of Commissioners, and City of Eugene City Council. Additionally, you may provide public comment at the public hearings in the fall. When that time comes, property owners and interested parties will receive notices, and we will share meeting information on the project’s webpage. Sign up for the interested parties list here.
The Urban Reserves Study Area was developed consistent with state guidelines. In general, it includes all land within at least a one-mile radius of the urban growth boundary, with a few notable exceptions: the study area ends at Interstate 5 and at the McKenzie River, and extends up to 1.5 miles where there are contiguous Priority 1 Exception Areas/Non-Resource Land that go beyond the one-mile radius. The study area also extends beyond 1.5 miles where the Metro Plan Boundary or contiguous public lands are present. In November 2019, the study area was expanded to include additional land when suitability analysis results showed there was not enough developable land identified in the study area for a 30-year Urban Reserve option. Staff evaluated possible expansion areas and with input from a variety of stakeholder groups identified the area around Fisher Road and Highway 126 as a logical expansion of the study area. See the project page for more information.
Staff has developed a geospatial model that categorizes all the land in the study area in order to determine which land is developable and to what degree. There are three categories of land that we removed from consideration for future urbanization: Protected, Committed, and fully developed. In total, approximately 15,000 acres of land in the study area were excluded from further analysis, as they are not considered to have future development potential. Approximately 42 percent of the study area has development potential – on partially vacant and undeveloped taxlots. An immense amount of detail is included in the model, and more information can be found on the Urban Reserves project page.
Natural resource and natural hazard lands are reserved to protect natural resources or prevent the impact of natural hazards. They include: Lane County Goal 5 riparian corridors; National Wetland Inventory and West Eugene Wetlands; critical habitat for federal and state-listed threatened and endangered species; historic and cultural resources; natural resources plan designations; designated Natural Areas on the Oregon State Register of Natural Heritage Resources; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodway and 100-year flood plain; prohibitively steep slopes (>30 percent); and state-identified high-risk landslide areas (DOGAMI). Occupied lands include public lands and other lands that have no development potential because they are committed to other uses. They include public parks and open spaces; non-surplus properties owned by schools, utilities, cemeteries, the airport; transportation rights-of-way; and Bonneville Power Administration easements.
For technical analysis purposes, land identified as ‘occupied’ was assumed to have no development capacity and therefore was not included in the amount of land where future homes and jobs could be built. The occupied and natural resource and natural hazard categories are used only for our analysis and do not place or change any additional restrictions on land.
To help protect farm and forest land (sometimes called “resource land”), state law has specific requirements about how to prioritize land to study for inclusion in Urban Reserves, similar to the analysis required for urban growth boundary expansion. Eugene’s first consideration for urban reserve analysis must be land that Lane County has identified as exception areas (or non-resource land). Exception areas are places outside of the urban growth boundary where Lane County allows residential, commercial, or industrial uses. In the Study Area, they mostly include rural residential land, but also include the airport, Lane Community College, and commercial uses north of 30th Ave. Many of these areas are already developed to some degree. If there is not enough exception land to accommodate the amount needed for Urban Reserves, the second consideration is land that Lane County has designated as marginal lands. Marginal lands are lands designated for non-resource use due to having marginal value for farm or forest production. The third consideration is agricultural or forest resource lands, with higher priority given to land of lower resource value.
Yes, the Suitability Analysis considered existing conditions, future service provision, and impacts to current residents among many other criteria. Service providers (e.g., water, wastewater, transportation, transit, stormwater, fire and emergency services) provided a high-level assessment of the cost and difficulty of bringing existing infrastructure, like roads, to urban standards. Serviceability was evaluated along with the rest of the suitability criteria in each subarea analysis.
After completing our technical analysis, we developed suitability criteria to further evaluate our study area. These suitability criteria were based on the state-directed outline of analysis and reflect the City’s Triple Bottom Line Framework. The suitability analysis evaluates all the developable land in the study area by considering it in terms of the following four factors (dictated by state rules), then dismisses land that, on balance, would be unsuitable for Urban Reserves based on this evaluation:
Meeting links and materials will be posted here once available. Click here to return to the Urban Reserve web page.
Commercial customers are now able to separate meat, bones, fish, dairy, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, yard debris, and plant trimmings from garbage service. Eugene haulers pick up the food scraps and take them to a local organics processor for conversion into compost. Businesses can contact their garbage hauler to sign up for commercial food composting service. The garbage hauler provides businesses with free internal food waste bins and an external food waste collection container that will be serviced regularly and will work with customers to arrange a collection frequency that fits the needs of the business.
Rates for commercial food waste collection are set at approximately 20% below commercial garbage rates. By subscribing to commercial food waste collection service, businesses should be able to downsize their regular garbage container size and decrease the number of garbage pick-ups each week. The City of Eugene provides free materials and resources to participating businesses. These resources are funded through solid waste license fees and a Waste Prevention Fund grant from Lane County Waste Management. For commercial food waste collection rates, click HERE
No. Yard debris collection service at commercial properties is not priced to support the additional resources required for food waste collection. If your commercial property is interested in diverting food waste from the garbage, please ask your hauler about getting commercial food waste collection service.
City of Eugene’s Love Food Not Waste commercial food waste collection program began excluding any non-food materials from collection as of April 15, 2019. When the program began, food soiled paper and certified compostable service ware were accepted along with food scraps in order to reduce waste and enhance the convenience of the program.
The facility that processes a significant portion of Eugene’s food waste into a high-quality compost product, no longer accepts compostable service ware products and food soiled paper due to ongoing challenges presented by contamination from non-compostable products that end up in the food waste system, and because of emerging concerns about persistent perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) which are found on some types of grease resistant food service packaging and can persist in the environment.
An exception to the food-only rule will be allowances for compostable bags and liners, because we know that using them is critical for some businesses to be able to participate. Accepted bags and liners must be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).
The facility that processes a significant portion of Eugene’s food waste into a high-quality compost product is no longer able to accept compostable service ware products and food soiled paper due to ongoing challenges presented by contamination from non-compostable products that end up in the food waste system, and emerging concerns about persistent perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) which are found on some types of grease resistant food service packaging and which can persist in the environment.
Including non-food items in our food waste collection system puts the entire food scraps program at risk.
It is necessary to exclude food soiled paper (like napkins and coffee filters) because their inclusion makes detecting and managing contamination challenging and costly--when non-food materials make their way into a truck load of food waste and then it is dumped at the processing location it is difficult to attempt to identify what these now food coated items mixed into pile of organic waste actually are (for example: paper towels and grease resistant paper look very similar at this point of the process).
For information on Oregon DEQ life cycle analysis of the environmental impacts of disposable and compostable service ware click HERE.
The City provides employee training services to businesses at no cost. The City’s Love Food Not Waste staff members are happy to meet with businesses on-site to deliver employee training and provide technical assistance. Training includes free instructional materials for employees on how to source separate organics. Participating businesses also have the opportunity to gain recognition for their sustainability efforts with marketing materials provided by the City.
There are many food waste collection programs in the Northwest (Washington, Idaho, & Oregon). Our local food waste processor is Rexius. This company accepts all commercial food waste in addition to specified compostable containers. Rexius has been certified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to process commercial food waste into compost.
Love Food Not Waste promotional materials are available on our Commercial Food Waste Resources page. To receive a hard copies of Love Food Not Waste materials, email the program staff or call 541-682-5034.
Many Eugene businesses participate in Love Food Not Waste, including grocery stores, restaurants, office buildings, schools, nonprofit organizations, and more! View a complete list of participating businesses.
Large quantities of fats, oil and grease (FOG) are not allowed in Eugene’s food waste collection program, and grease and oily wastewater from restaurants, delicatessens, and other food service establishments clog sewer lines or storm drains when incorrectly disposed of. Your business can play a role in keeping our wastewater system functioning properly and reduce the cleaning frequency, hauling costs, and blockages associated with FOG by following these steps:
• Reduce the amount of solids that enter a grease interceptor.
• Scrape all food scraps including bones, meat and dairy into a food waste collection bin instead of a sink.
• Scrape fats, oil and grease from trays, pots, pans, and cooking utensils into waste grease containers before putting them in the sink or dishwasher.
• Scrape grills and cooking surfaces into waste grease containers.
• Place baskets in drains to catch solids.
• Reduce grease in mop water by minimizing spills of oil and grease. If possible, collect spilled grease and add to a waste grease container.
Eugene City Code sections 6.551(1) authorizes the City to require any industrial user including food service establishments to install and maintain grease removal devices.
Grease removal devices are important both to minimize the amount of grease in local sewer lines, and to provide appropriate disposal for all restaurant cleaning wastes. Fry hoods, floor mats, and other greasy equipment should be cleaned in an area where all cleaning water will flow through a grease removal device prior to entering the wastewater collection system. All food service establishments must install grease removal devices in accordance with the Oregon State Plumbing Specialty Code and the Eugene City Code.
City of Eugene Wastewater staff can provide more information on proper handling of FOG, and grease removal equipment requirements and staff training opportunities.
Yes. Rexius tests the Love Food Not Waste compost regularly to ensure that it is safe for planting. There is a slightly higher nitrogen in the food waste compost when compared with yard debris compost because of the high energy food that goes into it. For more information about the soil test or to receive a copy of the information, please contact Love Food Not Waste program staff or call 541-682-5034.
The three primary haulers that work with the City and the commercial composters are: • Lane Apex, • Royal Refuse, and • Sanipac. Don’t forget to thank them and give them a wave the next time you see them out around town!
Backyard composting is the sustainable use of resources. It takes household scraps and yard waste and turns it into an ecologically friendly soil amendment.
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Rats are naturally attracted to a compost bin for its food source and for potential habitat. Composting should be done in a rodent proof structure. Turn your compost regularly to ensure critters don’t take up residence. Add sufficient nitrogen to keep the compost hot. This will break down food scraps quickly making them less attractive to rodents.
Dogs and cats are not herbivores like cows, horses and goats. Manure from omnivorous animals may carry harmful parasites that can cause disease in people. It is best bury this material in a hole in your backyard 12 inches deep, covered with 6 inches of soil, in a non-food growing area of the yard. This material is also NOT allowed in the food waste/yard debris bin.
Compost containing food waste can be higher in nutrients because food scraps are often higher in nitrogen than yard waste only compost.
Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. And because these organics will be commercially composted, you can include food waste items that you would not want to put in your home compost, such as meat and bones. For more information, please contact 541-682-5655 or check out our Residential Food Waste Collection page.
For more information about backyard composting, contact OSU Extension Service Compost Specialists, or attend a free compost education demo.
For more information about worm composting, contact OSU Extension Services Compost Specialists, or attend a worm composting demo.
Another process that works well with kids is harvesting compost by the “dump and sort” method. Dump the contents, worms and all, on a surface. Divide the castings into several cone shaped piles. Wait ten minutes and start pulling the castings away from each pile. This will cause the worms to retreat to the center to avoid light. Repeating this process will result in a ring of castings surrounded by a pile of worms, which can be returned to the bin along with new bedding to begin the process all over again.
Yes! Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. Even if you compost at home, the yard debris bin is a great option for items that cannot go in your home compost, such as meat and bones. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. For more information, check out our Curbside Compost Program page or call 541-682-5655.
The yard debris cart provides a convenient method to have your material composted if you choose not to compost on-site. Many residents put diseased plant material in the yard debris cart with the understanding that the hot compost piles at the large compost facility can destroy all plant pathogens. It may also reduce your garbage bill if, by taking bulky plant materials out of your garbage container, you are able to reduce the size of your service.
And beginning October 1, 2019, customers citywide who have residential garbage service will have the option to also put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. And even if you are already a backyard composter, with this program, you can put items in your bin that should not go in your backyard compost pile like meat, bones, dairy, and grains.
If it grows, it goes. Acceptable materials include:
Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. Acceptable materials include all food:
If you can eat it, you can put it in the bin.
This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors.
Items that should not be placed in the debris cart include:
Food waste should not be placed in yard waste bins unless your household has been selected to participate in the residential food waste collection pilot, which consists of four pilot test areas, totaling 1,500 households in Eugene. However, beginning October 1, 2019, residential customers citywide will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. Acceptable materials include all food, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggshells, beans, bread, pasta, rice and other grains, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and other plate scrapings. If you can eat it, you can put it in the bin. Items such as utensils, plates, and bowls that are labeled as compostable or non-food items that are labeled biodegradable are not allowed in the food waste/yard debris bin. Only food and yard debris will be accepted.
For most residential customers, the cost is included in your basic collection rate. If you have a 20 gallon container weekly, or a 32 gallon container monthly, yard debris is an additional charge of $3.55 per month.
Yes. Additional containers for yard debris cost $2.65 per month.
Yes. The cost for yard debris service by itself is $4.80 per month.
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Collection services are provided to residents and businesses directly by licensed haulers, and they collect from any area in Eugene. You can find a list of licensed haulers in Eugene on our webpages and can contact haulers directly to set up new garbage and recycling service or to make changes to your existing service.
The City of Eugene issues licenses and sets the rates for haulers who collect solid waste, recycling, food waste, and yard debris within Eugene's city limits and regulates solid waste, recycling, organics, and yard debris collection within the city limits. This includes licensing haulers, developing standards and setting rates for collection service. Standards for collection are contained in Eugene City Code, Section 3.005 and Section 3.245-3.270 and the Solid Waste Administrative Rule.
You know the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – now let’s talk about the three E’s: Energy, Economy, and Environment. Recycling saves energy because the manufacturer doesn't have to produce something new from raw natural resources. When energy consumption goes down, production costs go down. Savings are passed on to the consumer, and when recycled products are purchased, a demand for more recycled goods is promoted. This improves the economy. Waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment, including the land, air, and water. Recycling reduces the need for more landfills, where harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released into the air and land. By recycling, you are actively improving the planet’s overall health by helping keep the air, water and land clean.
In 2012, the City of Eugene and area businesses teamed up to make sure that food scraps turn into valuable compost instead of take up space in our landfill by supporting the collection of food scraps of ALL kinds (meat bones, and dairy included) for local businesses. This service is provided through our community's local, licensed trash haulers.
Beginning on October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors.
In Eugene, curbside recycling service is commingled (most recyclables collected together in a single curbside bin), with glass collected in a separate container. Please visit our recycling page for the latest information on recycling in Eugene.
Many items that may not be recyclable but that can be reused are often suitable for donation to community partners, such as used building materials, household goods, office supplies, clothing, furniture and more.
Household Hazardous Waste is accepted free of charge at the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Glenwood Transfer Station. Call 541-682-4120 to schedule an appointment or visit www.lanecounty.org/hazwaste for more information.
Items that are not reusable can be accepted at Lane County Waste Management’s transfer station or processed by other facilities. Learn more about how to correctly dispose of hard-to-recycle items.
There are various community resources available to aid in recycling specific items. For example, you can search this site to find a local grocery store that accepts plastic bags for recycling, and Styrofoam blocks and packing peanuts may be recycled through a program at St. Vincent de Paul. For other items, Lane County has developed the Waste Wise, a comprehensive tool designed to answer specific questions related to whether an item is recyclable. You may also contact your hauler to find out if a particular material is recyclable or not.
Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids of any kind should never be placed in commingled recycling bins. Any items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, throw it out.
The City sets minimum rates and each licensed hauler may charge up to 10% above that rate.
Since 2018, our system was previously only able to accept transparent plastic bottles in the Eugene commingle recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but as of June 1, 2022, all #1 and #2 plastics including jugs (such as milk, vinegar, or bleach jugs), plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes containers), and plastic bottles (like those for shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling. Empty pizza boxes are also now accepted.
Examples of items are still not recyclable in our system include: plastic tubs, plastic bags, flower pots, rigid plastics such as plastic clamshells (i.e. packaging that berries or restaurant leftovers are frequently packaged in), light bulbs, straws, lids, plastic or other beverage cups, to-go boxes, and broken glass.
Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Plastic bags, take-out food containers, plant pots, and lids of any kind should never be placed in commingled recycling bins. Any items that are not clearly recyclable should be put in the trash—when in doubt, throw it out.
Much of the entire West Coast’s plastics and mixed paper recycling has previously been exported to China, where it was allowable to have a higher level of contamination (contamination is trash that ends up mixed into recycling). However, China’s new “National Sword” initiative has limited the amount of contamination allowed in imported recyclable materials to 0.5 percent. This, combined with lower petroleum prices that make creating new plastics cheaper, has led to a reduction in market demand for previously recyclable plastics and paper. These market changes have significantly limited or removed opportunities to recycle certain plastic products, and limited markets for other previously recyclable items.
Our system was previously only able to accept transparent plastic bottles in the Eugene commingle recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but as of June 1, 2022, all #1 and #2 plastics including jugs (such as for milk, vinegar, or bleach), plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes), and plastic bottles (like beverages, shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling.
In Eugene, haulers are currently accepting all #1 and #2 jugs (such as for milk, vinegar, or bleach), as well as plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes containers), and plastic bottles (like those for beverages, shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling. This means that most opaque milk jugs and transparent ones are recyclable. Please rinse them well and remove (and throw away) lids.
Yes! If they are rinsed clean and caps are removed (caps/lids go in the trash), plastic bottles (like beverages, shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) are accepted in the commingle recycling.
Although the City advocates for recycling, improperly recycled items cause contamination that negatively impacts the entire recycling system. That’s why it’s better to put an unknown item in the trash than to risk putting trash in the recycling. Better yet, the City encourages contacting waste haulers directly to confirm whether specific items are acceptable. We realize that there are certain recyclables that get collected separately in our community that aren’t allowed in the commingle bin. For example, there are certain grocery stores in town that collect plastic bags to be recycled. These bags are sent to a special facility that can manage this type of waste. They are NOT allowed in the commingle bin, but there is a way to get these items recycled. The same goes for electronics, paint products, and wood waste.
If you are interested in finding out how to recycle your household food waste, see our residential food waste collection info. If you'd like to find out more about where you can recycle difficult items, we recommend checking out Lane County Waste Management’s list of difficult-to-recycle items.
Storing recyclables can be problematic. Food residue in containers can attract bugs and rodents and break down the material so that it isn’t marketable. The best way to ensure you’re recycling as much as possible is to continue to follow the list of what goes in the recycling bin at home or at work.
Recycling has never been the perfect solution for reducing waste. Before recycling, reduce and reuse. That can be difficult – plastic is everywhere. Try using your produce bags twice or use cloth bags instead; and look for other ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use, such as bringing your own reusable containers and buying from the bulk section at the store. If you can make a better choice at the store, do it—plastic recycling opportunities are extremely limited.
Contamination refers to any materials in the commingle or glass bin that do not belong there. For example, plastic bags become tangled in the processing machinery and create a safety hazard for workers who must manually cut them away. Plastic bags are one of many items that are considered “contamination” in our commingled recycling system. Please refer to our list of acceptable items to determine what to put in your commingle bin.
Because our recycling system is dependent on having a market for the end material, and markets determine the viability of collecting recyclable material, modest improvements in recycling commodities markets are making it financially feasible to resume collection of certain materials but these increases are not significant enough to offset other expenses, like labor and fuel, for garbage haulers (who process and transport the material). For this reason, you will not see prices go down.
Any fees collected for recycling collection are to cover the costs of the services the haulers provide in our community, which include picking up the recyclable material and moving it to the next destination. Even though recycling markets are currently improving, the haulers’ system for collection and processing isn’t highly profitable for our area garbage haulers—which are private companies. We’ve called recycling “free” for a long time because it was at one point. However, when the market fluctuates, the costs associated with processing the materials also varies.
With a few small exceptions, the items that are accepted in home recycling in our region are still getting recycled. More items may have to be disposed if markets for them disappear. If recyclables do go to a landfill, it would be as a last resort, for the fewest items possible, and for the shortest amount of time possible.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a list of all recyclers that have requested to dispose of materials. It can be found on the Recycling Markets page.
Placing items that are not accepted in to the recycling bins can cause significant issues:
The U.S. manufactures fewer products than it used to, so there has been much lower demand domestically for the recyclables that serve as the raw materials for products and packaging.
Furniture or other reusable items such as tools or housewares in good condition can be donated to a variety of local organizations. Please see our resources list for more information. For items not suitable for donation and too large for the on-site garbage container, talk to your property manager about arranging for a pick-up from one of the City’s licensed haulers.
Please see our resources list for more information.
Do not put hazardous waste in the garbage or recycling containers. Please see our resources list for more information on where to bring materials such as prescription drugs, non-alkaline batteries, and other hazardous wastes like motor oil.
Styrofoam must be processed separately. Residents may be able to recycle a garbage bag full of Styrofoam at any St. Vincent de Paul store. You may access the following external link for more information: https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/
No. Plastic flatware, including compostable flatware, is not recyclable.
In addition to transparent plastic bottles, we are currently accepting #1 and #2 plastic jugs (such as for milk, vinegar, or bleach), plastic jars (such as mayonnaise jars, peanut butter, or Clorox wipes), and plastic bottles (like shampoo, hand soap, or spray cleaner) in the commingle recycling. This means that these plastics are now accepted for recycling if they are rinsed and lids and spray pumps are removed. NO pill bottles or small (under the size of a tennis ball) plastic containers are accepted.
For the most up-do-date information about what is currently recyclable, please visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/1470/Recycling.
After it is picked up, recycling is taken to be sorted and sold for processing.
No. Unfortunately plastic flower pots and planters are not recyclable in our system. They are considered rigid plastics. However, local home improvement stores or plant nurseries might accept these for reuse.
No. Lids are not recyclable in our system—not even the metal lids from cans. They must go in the garbage, since their shape can cause malfunctions in the shape-based sorting machinery.
Yes! Cardboard that is free of waxes or other finishes and completely free of all food or oil residue can go in your mixed recycling bin. However, any contaminated part is not recyclable.
No. This rigid plastic, also known as “brittle plastic”, will contaminate our waste stream. This is true even if it has the recycling symbols and numbers on it.
For the most up-do-date information about what is currently recyclable, please visit https://www.eugene-or.gov/1470/Recycling.
No. Plastic bags and other thin films damage processing machines and must be cut out by hand. Please help keep workers and our environment safe: Do not put plastic bags of any kind in the recycling, and do not bag your recycling. Many grocery stores offer free recycling at their locations. A location-finder tool is available here: https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/recycling-bags-and-wraps/find-drop-off-location/
No. Clamshells, such as strawberry containers, are considered rigid plastics and are not recyclable in our system.
When non-recyclable items are included in the recycling stream, this can cause equipment damage, worker safety hazards, and environmental damage when entire loads have to be diverted to the landfill.
Yard debris, such as leaves, cannot go in the recycle bin and should be put in the yard waste bin.
At this time, customers who have individual residential garbage service now have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. For tenants of multifamily buildings that do not have access to individual garbage service, limited amounts and types of food waste may be collected and composted in a backyard composter, if one is available.
Single-use solid polystyrene plastic containers and polystyrene plastic foam containers (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) that are used for prepared food and beverages.
The following polystyrene items are not prohibited by this ordinance:
Food or a beverage that a person may consume immediately or without the need for additional preparation.
Retail food and beverage establishments, including full service restaurants, limited service restaurants, fast food restaurants, food carts, bars, coffee and tea shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, hotels and motels, caterers, and food service contractors.
Computers, monitors, TVs and laptops are banned from landfills in the State of Oregon. Lane County Waste Management participates in a state-wide program offering free electronics recycling for less than seven items. They will also take other electronic items not covered under the state’s E-Cycles program. To find other collectors participating in the E-Cycles program visit the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Oregon E-Cycles website.
PaintCare, a new nonprofit program established to manage the reuse, recycling and disposal of unused paint, is the best way to get rid of all those extra paint cans around your house. The program is funded by fees imposed on new paint, which is passed on to consumers. Find the location of a participating business near you. Lane County Waste Management will continue to collect used paint by appointment.
No. Paper coffee cups are not allowed in Eugene’s mixed recycling. Almost all paper coffee cups are lined with plastic (to keep the beverage from leaking through) which makes these cups both non-recyclable and non-compostable – they have to go in the trash. Additionally, any paper product that has food residue on it cannot be recycled (for example, the bottom of pizza boxes if there is grease/cheese/etc. on the bottom).
For the majority of household hazardous waste, Lane County Waste Management accepts hazardous waste from residents free of charge by appointment only, every Thursday morning and two Saturdays a month. Call 541-682-3111 to schedule an appointment. For batteries and florescent bulbs and lamps, check with your favorite hardware retailer. Many of them have take-back programs available.
Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Oregon. They offer a free and easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. They will pick-up or tow away cars free of charge, anywhere in Oregon, whether they run or not. Vehicles are either recycled or auctioned off and 100% of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon. Since they are a tax-exempt charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, you also receive the maximum possible tax deduction for your charity vehicle donation. Contact them through their website. Additionally,a recently launched charity donation program called Cars To Cure Breast Cancer, is benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Cars to Cure Breast Cancer accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer. Their phone number is 1-855-450-2873.
Event recycling is available through a partnership with Lane County Waste Management. They can provide blue recycle and green compost bins to events that wish to recycle but do not have the equipment. For more information, or to borrow bins from Lane County Waste Management Division, contact Kelly Bell, at 541.682.4339.
A limited number of food, recycling or trash bins can also be reserved through the City’s Waste Prevention program by filling out this form.
Lane County Waste management offers an online tool and app called Waste Wise that can help you locate additional recycling, reuse, and diversion resources.
There remain some opportunities for plastic bags – click this link to find locations or check your local grocery store for a collection container.
Eugene tosses 40 million pounds of food into the local landfill each year. About half of this food waste comes from homes. Reducing food waste will keep Oregon beautiful for future generations. Residential food waste collection reduces waste sent to the landfill which decreases greenhouse gas emissions, and helps achieve statewide and local waste reduction goals. Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors.
Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. This citywide program comes after a successful three-year residential curbside food waste collection pilot program that included 1,500 households in four Eugene neighborhoods. The mixed food waste and yard debris will be turned into nutrient-rich compost by local processors. Yard debris is a service already provided by garbage haulers and these same containers will continue to be collected every-other-week. No other changes to your hauling services are anticipated at this time.
Beginning October 1, 2019, customers who have residential garbage service will have the option to put food waste in their yard debris bin instead of in the garbage. The combined food waste and yard debris collected will be sent to local commercial composting facilities. These facilities use a specialized process to break down organic matter, creating nutrient-rich compost.
Love Food Not Waste™ compost can be purchased in bags at local retailers, such as Jerry's, Bi-Mart, Down to Earth, and BRING. It can also be purchased in bags or in bulk from Rexius.
The program will not have an additional cost for participants. The food waste collection service will be included with the cost of current yard debris service. Participation is encouraged but not required.
All food can be composted, including meat, bones, poultry, seafood, dairy, eggshells, beans, bread, pasta, rice and other grains, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, and other plate scrapings. If you can eat it, you can put it in the bin. All yard debris like lawn trimmings, leaves, and other plant material will continue to be accepted. To create quality compost at the end of the food waste recycling process, it needs to be free of non-compostable material, like plastic, freezer boxes, napkins, pet waste, diapers, glass, treated wood, or other garbage and non-plant materials. Even items such as utensils, plates, and bowls that are labeled as compostable or non-food items that are labeled biodegradable are not allowed in the food waste/yard debris bin. Please be sure to remove stickers from produce as well, as they don’t break down at the composting center. To keep the compost “clean,” we ask that customers include only food waste and yard debris in their bins.
We recommend a relatively small, sealable container be stored under your kitchen sink, on the counter, or anywhere that makes it easy to use while preparing food or cleaning up after a meal. Be sure to empty your container regularly into your yard debris bin.
Clean your container regularly with soap and water. You can also sprinkle baking soda at the bottom of your container and food waste/yard debris bin to reduce odors.
Continue to compost in your backyard! Composting turns yard trimmings and vegetative food scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your garden. With this program, you can put items in your bin that should not go in your backyard compost pile like meat, bones, dairy, and grains.
In cities such as Seattle and Portland, they found that the curbside collection doesn’t attract pests any more than garbage collection does. The same proved true during Eugene's three year pilot program. The yard debris bin provided by your garbage hauler is designed to be heavier and more difficult for animals to open, as long as the lid remains closed.
As long as your kitchen container and outside food waste/yard debris bin are properly maintained, there should be minimal or no odor issues. To prevent odor issues you can: •Drain excess liquids from your food scraps down the sink. •Shut the lid of your kitchen container and food waste/yard debris bin when you don’t use it. •Refrigerate or freeze smelly food scraps in a container or zipper-top bag until collection day. •Rinse or wash with soap and water your kitchen container after emptying it into your food waste/yard debris bin. •Clean your yard debris bin regularly with soap and water (make sure this is done in a grassy or gravel area so residue does not go into the street and storm drain). •Maintain a good mix of yard debris and food scraps in your bin, when possible. •Store containers in a shady area if possible. •Even if your food waste/yard debris bin isn’t very full, be sure to bring it to the curb for every collection day.
Retailers located in the Eugene city limits were required to stop providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers on May 1, 2013 when Eugene's local ordinance went into effect. This requirement continues with the statewide single-use checkout bag ban. For a summary of changes, see the FAQ regarding how the statewide ban effects Eugene's local ban.
No. The statewide single-use checkout bag ban, which Eugene's local ordinance aligns with, does not allow for any undue hardship exemptions.
Retail establishments and restaurants. Please see Eugene City Code, Section 6.850 for specific definitions.
Effective December 27, 2019, retail establishments and restaurants are not allowed to distribute single-use checkout bags to customers. Single-use bags are those provided to customers at checkout that are made of any material that are NOT:
The follow types of bags are allowed:
The 5-cent charge goes back to the retailer to recoup costs.
Yes. Reusable plastic checkout bags are bags with handles that are specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and made of durable plastic that is at least four mils thick. Unless the customer uses a voucher issued under the Women, Infants and Children Program or uses an electronic benefits transfer card issued by the Department of Human Services, the retail store or restaurant must charge the customer at least five cents for each reusable plastic checkout bag provided.
Yes. Paper bags offered at checkout must contain at least 40% post-consumer recycled fiber.
A retail establishment may provide recycled paper checkout bags or reusable plastic checkout bags at no cost to customers who:
A restaurant may provide:
Removing the majority of plastic bags from the retail landscape requires community members to utilize reusable bags more often. The switch from single-use bags to reusable bags has the impact of lessening the life cycle impacts of plastic bag production, a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions associated with production and transport of the bags, and less material in our local landfill, and less litter in our woods, streams, and natural areas.
To align with the statewide ban, Eugene's local ordinance has been updated with these changes:
Similar to other city rules, the plastic bag ban will be enforced on a complaint-driven basis. The City of Eugene is taking an educational approach regarding this ordinance. If community members call and complain, City staff will talk to the retailer about the law and explain what is needed to comply. If it becomes clear a retailer is intentionally not complying they will be fined. To report a violation, please fill out a nuisance complaint form.
A 2010 study showed that 97% of shoppers have never washed their reusable bags. There are a few simple steps shoppers can follow to keep reusable bags clean and to keep themselves and their families safe from germs:
Here are a few useful tips:
Effective December 27, 2019, restaurants are prohibited from providing single-use checkout bags to customers. Single-use bags are those provided to customers at checkout that are made of any material that are NOT:
Vegetation obstructing a sidewalk, street, traffic control device or other public infrastructure, vision clear zones, and undeveloped properties (vacant lots) during the summer mowing season (June 15th-September 30th each year).
If they are obstructing the Right of Way or facilities within the Right of Way, vegetation will be enforced upon per this program’s standard enforcement protocols.
If there is concern about the health of a tree, not in the planter strip, and you feel that is endangering your property, please call an international Society of Arboriculture certified arborist with a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. Send any information you receive to the owner of the property with the tree via certified mail and keep a copy for yourself. This information can be used in the civil court system if needed and can be shared with insurance companies.
Please use the links below for more information:
Single-use items are defined as straws, utensils, stirrers and individually packaged condiments.
No. Retail food businesses are still able to have such items BUT they cannot be given to a customer without their consent. Customers must either explicitly ask for these items or must confirm they would like the items following an employee of the retail food business asking the customer.
No. This ordinance restricts the dissemination of certain single-use items regardless of their material. These items are straws, utensils, stirrers and individually packaged condiments.
No. The ordinance requires that customers ask or consent to an employee request to provide these items.
Full service restaurants, limited service restaurants, fast food restaurants, food carts, bars, coffee and tea shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, hotels and motels, caterers, and food service contractors.
A retail food business will be issued a written warning for the first violation in a calendar year, a $100 fine for the second violation in a calendar year, a $200 fine for the third violation in a calendar year, and a $500 fine for any subsequent violations within the same calendar year.
Under 4.430 of Eugene Code, Continuous Annoyance. Permitting any animal to cause annoyance, alarm or disturbance for more than 15 continuous minutes at any time of the day or night, be it repeated barking, whining, screeching, howling, braying or other like sounds which can be heard beyond the boundary of the owner's property.
We encourage neighbors to resolve the matter between themselves if safe to do so. If that does not resolve the issue people can report the noise to the Animal Services line at 541.687.4060. In order for our office to follow up we must have an address, not just a description of the house or apartment.
If it is the first complaint for the address or a reasonable time has passed between complaints, our office will send a Good Neighbor letter to the residents. The letter notifies the resident a complaint was made and provides them information on the ordinance, fines they could be issued in the future, and resources to help address the barking. If you are a tenant at an apartment complex we encourage you to report it to property management, as they typically have noise addressed in the lease and may be able to resolve the matter more quickly.
Please note that Continuous Annoyances are followed up on as time allows. In order for enforcement action to be taken, our office will need a signed complaint by a witness to the noise. We cannot take enforcement from an anonymous complaint. If a letter has been sent and the issue continues we recommend a complainant have a 15 minute video recording of the noise.
There is a large stray and feral cat population throughout Lane County. Eugene Animal Services responds to calls for service regarding free roaming cats who are very sick or injured. Additionally, we partner with Greenhill Humane Society to help stabilize the current population and stop the reproduction of future cats, through the Cat Program and Trap Neuter Return.
Trap Neuter Return (TNR). This nationally recognized model has been shown to be the most effective, humane and collaborative way for communities to coexist with cats. Cats are humanely trapped, sterilized, ear-tipped (the universal sign that a cat is a part of a TNR program) and then returned to the same area. Greenhill Humane Society’s TNR program is offered free to any feral, stray or free-roaming cat in Lane County. For more information visit this link or call 541.689.1503 press 6 to make an appointment.
It is illegal to trap and relocate unwanted cats, nor does it solve the problem. Not only is it cruel, it only creates opportunity for other cats from the area to appear, creating a viscous cycle also know as the "vacuum effect". The TNR model stabilizes current cat colonies and prevents them from reproducing. It is also known to lessen or stop nuisance behavior such as spraying or aggression towards other animals.
Tips on living with cats in your neighborhood
Put out fragrances that deter cats. Scatter fresh orange or lemon peels, wet coffee gourds or metal pans filled with vinegar to deter cats. Talk to your lawn and garden store about other humane options to deter unwanted animals from your yard.
Get a Cat Scat Mat. A non chemical cat deterrent consisting of plastic mats that are cut into smaller pieces and pressed into the soil. The mats are flexible plastic spikes that are harmless to cats and other animals but discourage digging.
Get motion-activated sprinklers.
Keep trash secure with a tight lid. Exposed trash will attract cats, as well as wildlife. Also, do not leave food outside for your pets, it will attract cats and wildlife.
Block gaps in the foundation of your home, sheds and any outbuilding.
Talk to your neighbors. You may determine the cat is a pet and talk to their owner about the issues you’re having.
For more information on feral cats and the effectiveness of the Trap Neuter Return model, visit the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.
Eugene Animal Services does not handle wildlife.
If you are dealing with a nuisance wildlife issue please refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Oregon has laws surrounding trapping, relocating, and destroying wildlife. The link offers information on living with wildlife, as well as resources on wildlife control operators in the area.
If you find a sick or injured wild animal, call Oregon ODFW, OSP, or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before picking up or moving any wildlife.
If you find a dog inside the city limits of Eugene, you must call or take it directly to Greenhill Humane Society during normal business hours. If you are unable to transport the dog, you may call the animal services line at 541.687.4060 and someone will advise you if there is an animal welfare officer on duty. If you find a dog after business hours and can safely house it overnight you can choose to do so.
While posting found dogs on Craigslist and other social media outlets can be helpful in reuniting pets with their owners, by law you must also report or turn the dog over to the animal authority. If you are interested in adopting a dog you found if an owner does not come forward, let the shelter know. They give preference to the finders.
The City of Eugene has ordinances surrounding Urban Animal Keeping. Additionally, the city limits the number of dogs on a property over the age of 6 months to three and one visiting dog for a short period of time. These ordinances are enforced by the City of Eugene Code Compliance and all complainants should be directed to their office.
Our office often receives complaints for the noise created by roosters. While our office typically handles continuous annoyance created by animals, roosters are prohibited in city limits and the urban growth boundary. Complaints about roosters can be directed to code compliance as well.
File a lost report with Greenhill Humane Society at 541-689-1503. You may also check their website or visit the shelter during their business hours to see if your pet is currently under their care. If you recognize an animal at the shelter as your pet, they can be reclaimed from the during their regular business hours.
For more tips, visit How to Locate a Missing Pet on Greenhill Humane Society’s page.
The owner of an animal susceptible to rabies which bites a human being shall notify Lane County Environmental Health if the bite makes contact with skin resulting in the break to the skin. Bites can be reported during regular business hours by calling 541.682.4480. Animal must be quarantined for 10 days beginning on the date of the incident.
Reporting a bite to Eugene Animal Services is only necessary if it is a dog bite and someone wants to file a complaint against the owner. This could be a dog bite/attack to a humane or another animal. The City of Eugene has a Potentially Dangerous Dog classification and if an incident meets the criteria an owner is required to place their dog under a certain level of restrictions.
There is a listing of the tow companies, with their contact information, on the bright gold impound form that is provided by the officer at the time of the stop. The city has towing contracts with the following companies:
Copies of irrevocable petitions are available at the City of Eugene Engineering Division by calling 541-682-5291 and providing the tax lot number or site address for the property. Copies may be mailed, faxed or picked up. Please allow a full business day for processing.
Floodplains often support wildlife habitat and are frequently used by humans. The Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) is that portion of land subject to inundation by a flood and/or flood-related erosion hazards. Flood Zone categories are A, AE, AO and X.
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The City of Eugene has been a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1986. Eugene’s participation in the NFIP allows residents within the 1% annual chance floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), to purchase flood insurance, allows communities to obtain federal grants and federal disaster assistance, and allows federally insured lending institutions to offer loans for property located in the floodplain. As part of NFIP participation, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined existing City of Eugene Floodplain Development code does not meet minimum NFIP standard and will need to adopt minimum federal floodplain regulations to continue NFIP participation. the proposed code language was provided through DLCD’s Oregon’s Model Floodplain Code. The purpose of the NFIP standards and floodplain development code section is to promote public health, safety, and welfare and to reduce property damages due to flooding.
There are over 3000 properties located in the SFHA in the City of Eugene and Urban Growth Boundary. To see if your property is located within the mapped floodplain you may go to FEMAs Map Service Center and plug in your address or map and tax lot. City of Eugene permit staff can also assist you in determining this.
The City of Eugene staff are in the process of adopting floodplain development code to minimum NFIP standards. On June 13, 2022 Eugene Council initiated code amendments allowing staff to formally begin the land use code amendment process. Public hearings for Eugene’s Planning Commission and city Council will be held jointly with Lane County commissioners who will be asked to adopt the same floodplain code amendments to land use code that applies in the Urban Transition Area (UTA) which are lands outside the City of Eugene City limits, but within the City’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). As part of this process, public hearing notifications will be mailed to property owners with the SFHA. A link to an electronic version of this invitation is also posted on the project webpage. The public can participate in the hearings and provide feedback on proposed changes.
As a requirement for continued participation in the NFIP, the existing Eugene Floodplain Code needs to be amended and adopt mandatory minimum NFIP regulations. Note, large scale policy changes or changes that go beyond the minimum NFIP regulations are not planned for this floodplain code update. The City’s Floodplain code update will be based upon the State of Oregon Model Floodplain code. Existing Eugene floodplain development code that incorporates a one-foot freeboard will remain. This one-foot of freeboard, defined as the additional amount of height above the Base Flood Elevation used as a factor of safety, will be applied to all residential buildings, new, substantially improved, or reconstructed due to substantial damage, including manufactured homes and mechanical equipment.
A joint public hearing is scheduled for September 6, 2022, with the Eugene Planning Commission and the Lane County Planning Commission. Notices will be mailed to property owners within the SFHA which will include information on how to participate in the hearing and how to provide comments or other feedback. This information can also be found on the City webpage for the code amendments: The Planning Commissions will make recommendations and subsequent public hearings will take place jointly with the Eugene Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners. For more information on public outreach/hearings please visit the Floodplain project webpage listed below.
The City will pick up dead animals in the City right-of-way (basically city streets, the area between the sidewalk and the curb, parks and bike paths). If the dead animal is located on private property the property owner is responsible for disposal. There are several businesses in the Eugene/Springfield area offering animal removal services.
Lane County Transfer will also accept dead animals for disposal. Some restrictions and requirements apply. Please contact Lane County Transfer at 541-682-4120 for information.
To request a dead animal be picked up, submit a request for service or call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 or email PWM.
To report a hazard that requires immediate attention, such as a missing "STOP," "DO NOT ENTER," "ONE WAY," OR "YIELD" sign, call 541-682-4800 Monday-Friday, between 9:00 m and 4:00 pm, or call 541-682-5111 outside of these hours.
For non-hazardous requests such as street/alley name sign down or missing, please go to our online Request for Service page and complete the form for Traffic Sign Maintenance Request.
The City will remove garbage in the public right-of-way. Please be as specific as possible about the location (nearest street address or intersection and whether it is blocking the sidewalk or is in the lane of traffic) when making a request for service.
To request that debris or garbage in the City Right-of-Way be removed, please call Public Works Maintenance, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm at (541) 682-4800. For outside normal business hours, please call Eugene Police Non-emergency at (541) 682-5111, or call 9-1-1 if your request is an emergency.
In Oregon, a curb painted yellow means no parking. No parking signs may also be posted to regulate parking along city streets. Street markings are determined using the standard from the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Yellow curb painting generally takes place between the months of May and September. The process is weather-dependent, however, so those dates may be adjusted during unseasonably cold or wet conditions.
To report a fading yellow curb or request an area be designated for a yellow curb, call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 or email PWM.
The City conducts an annual survey of traffic signs and develops a plan to replace missing or damaged signs. Street name signs are replaced when reported (see link below to report a missing sign online).
Missing or malfunctioning traffic signs and signals often relate more directly to creating hazardous conditions for the traveling public. To report a malfunctioning traffic signal or missing traffic sign, call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 or email PWM during office hours, which are Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or dial 9-1-1 after office hours, on evenings or weekends.
To report a missing street name sign, submit a Traffic Sign Maintenance Request or call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 or email PWM.
Street trees are maintained by the Public Works, Parks and Open Space Division. Visit the Urban Forestry FAQs for more information about the City’s Street Tree program.
To report a problem with a street tree or request maintenance on a street tree, submit a request for service or call Public Works Maintenance at 541-682-4800 or email POS.
A variety of ice and snow control methods are used for maintaining city streets during winter storm events.
Traditional ice and snow control methods include the use of snow plows and sanders, which apply aggregate on street surfaces for the purpose of traction control. The use of sanding rock, or aggregate, is seen more as a reactive approach to ice and snow control.
Due to the displacement by vehicles and wind, sanding rock is only applied when freezing conditions exist.
Liquid deicing and anti-icing products can be applied prior to freezing events, if conditions allow, preventing frost, ice and snow from bonding to the road surface.
Sanding rock that is pre-wetted with liquid deicing products is being used with our first-response plow and sander. By pre-wetting sanding rock, aggregate is able to penetrate into frost, ice and snow, in turn reducing the amount of displacement. This method of sanding adds to the effectiveness of the applied product and also reduces the amount of product needed.
Chapter 5 of the City Code. Here is a list of relevant sections:
The City’s forest management approach has generally been to encourage and allow natural ecological processes to take place in our natural areas. We are only taking this action because the scale of this Douglas-fir beetle outbreak could significantly impact a sizeable portion of the forest, including large, older, and healthy trees, and because of the unique value of Hendricks Park to our community.
The MCH pheromone is contained within a capsule that slowly releases the chemical over a period of three months (April – June). Each capsule is housed within a plastic strip that is stapled to the tree at a height of 6-8 feet, usually on the north side of the tree.
In the forest and picnic area, tabs will be placed on a rough grid, so they will appear scattered around. In the Rhododendron Garden and Native Plant Garden, tabs will be placed at borders or on individual, high value trees that may be quite close to one another.
The tabs will be installed in late March and be up through the end of June, which encompasses the main beetle flight period in April-May as well as a smaller second flight in June. After that, the tabs run out of pheromone and will be removed gradually over time.
We only plan to take this action in 2020, to respond to the high proportion of downed wood from the 2019 storm coupled with the confirmed presence of a concentrated Douglas-fir beetle population.
The MCH pheromone was isolated from the beetles themselves, and is known only to transmit signals to Douglas-fir beetles. There should be no impact to humans or wildlife from the installation of this product.
A pheromone is a chemical produced by an animal that sends signals to another animal of the same species. While the MCH tabs we will be using are synthetic, this technique came about from biologists who studied the beetles and isolated the pheromones back in the 1970s.
The tabs are a registered pesticide with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. If someone removed the tabs from the trees, inhaled the contents in a confined space, ingested the contents of the tabs, or otherwise interacted with the tabs in a way other than their intended use, that person should seek medical help.
Douglas-fir beetles have minimal energy reserves, typically searching for the next closest suitable tree to the one they emerge from. They typically do not disperse over long distances, so beetles within most areas of the park are anticipated to be contained within the park. Use of MCH in other areas has not shown evidence of beetles traveling off-site in response to the pheromone.
The City is not able to provide pheromone tabs to private citizens, but tabs are quite affordable at approximately $2.00 per tab. Two tabs per tree on individual trees is the recommended application rate.
Dead trees can stand for many years, providing valuable wildlife habitat as snags. When they are within the core of the woods, they become part of the natural forest regeneration process when they fall.
All visitors to a forested area should be aware of their surroundings, and understand that forests are dynamic places and that even seemingly healthy trees can fall without notice. Please use common sense when recreating in the forest, stay on trails, and do not enter the forest under high winds.
In areas close to a trail, trailhead, or bench, the City conducts annual trail inspections to search for hazardous trees. If a tree is deemed an imminent or high risk, then it will be removed. If you are concerned about a particular tree that is actively failing or severely leaning near one of these locations, please contact Parks and Open Space at 541-682-4800.
Parks and Open Space does not have plans to install MCH in any other City-owned forestland at this time. Douglas-fir beetles are present in some of our natural area parks, but we do not have confirmation that they are causing this same scale of tree die-off as we are seeing at Hendricks Park. The decision to use the pheromone at Hendricks also factored in the high value of this specific park due to its proximity to the urban core and the historic value of the park.
However, if in the future we were to learn of a Douglas-fir beetle infestation in another forested park, we would assess the likelihood that the infestation would have on the forest or parkland immediately surrounding the infestation. If such an impact were to be deemed serious, we would then begin a process to evaluate the use of the pheromone in that location.
Reservations are processed on a first come, first served basis and require a completed Park Rental Permit Application (download a PDF version) and payment of the required permit fees. After receipt of the aforementioned items, park staff has two weeks to review, process, and render a decision on your permit application. A copy of the decision form will be mailed regarding the status of your park reservation request.
When the City receives a completed application along with the application fee, staff will put your event on the reservation calendar to hold a place for the event during processing. The City has two weeks to render a decision on your application and you will be notified via mail of the status of your permit application.
Yes! The workshop is designed for sharing ideas, learning from neighbors and facilitating discussions. Community input is only captured and quantified through the survey.
No. Each survey and work session builds on previous community input and they are closely tied together. We will provide supplementary information in the workshops and answer your questions. Some of the more complicated survey questions will be discussed and expanded on as needed. Each workshop is interactive and participatory. Chances are if you have a question, others will benefit from the dialogue and response. This can only happen in a facilitated workshop setting.
The survey was built and launched ahead of the workshop. We will discuss naming towards the end of Workshop #2 in April and would like to see what the character of the park is first. The name will have more meaning when we have a strong vision for the park.
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If you hire the City to replace a section of your sidewalk which is raised because of a public street tree, the City offers the current property owner a one-time like repair at no charge to you as the property owner, if additional work is needed again at that same location and because of that same street tree. This guarantee is only valid for one repair and is non-transferable to a subsequent property owner.
The sidewalk guarantee does not apply if the City performs repairs stemming from a private tree or performs other sidewalk work. If the property owner requests to retain a public street tree after Urban Forestry has inspected and recommends removal, the one-time like repair warranty does not apply. The City does not guarantee any repairs made by property owners or private contractors because the City does not know the quality of the workmanship or whether appropriate steps have been taken to prevent future damage. If the City is hired to grind a sidewalk, the City will perform one additional grind at that location free of charge, based on previous criteria. However, if the sidewalk continues to raise it becomes the property owner's responsibility to arrange and pay for replacement.
Generally, a permit is not required if 30 square feet or less of sidewalk is being repaired or constructed. If you are constructing more than 30 square feet of sidewalk, call the City’s Permit and Information Center at 541-682-5086 for information on permits.
Currently the City has no set sweeping schedule because sweeper routes are complex and daily sweeping may be interrupted to respond to special situations such as vehicle accidents clean-ups, winter sand recovery (after a snow or ice storm) and leaf collections. Other factors that contribute to a variable schedule are debris load sizes, sweeper down time, staffing levels and storm events.
Although the City doesn’t have a set sweeping schedule we do offer a program called Sweeper Track. This program will allow residents to look up their address on the City’s website and see their route and if the route is in progress of being swept. It will also show our progress and where they’re expected to work the next day. Our hope is that this will give more accurate information into our timing and let people understand when we’ll be on their street. Note: Sweeper Track is suspended every year during Leaf Season.
Coordinating sweeping activities around garbage and recycling services would be very difficult. There are multiple refuse haulers within the city limits that provide garbage and recycling services on various days throughout the week. Attempting to avoid certain areas within sweeping routes on several collection days would not only be challenging to arrange, but also costly and inefficient.The City of Eugene has no set sweeping schedule because sweeper routes are complex and may be interrupted to respond to emergency situations. With over 2000 city streets, alleys and bike paths to maintain with limited resources, coordinating street sweeping around refuse collection and other commercial activities is not currently feasible. Residents can help sweepers clean streets by following residential container placement options. Container Placement | Eugene, OR Website
General Pool Rules
Drop Slide Rules
Wading Pool Rules
The City of Eugene partners with three local swim teams to provide year round competitive aquatics for people of all ages. We also proudly work with local school districts to provide a home to high school swimming and water polo teams.
Yes! Sheldon and Echo Hollow pools and fitness centers are now Silver&Fit participating fitness centers! Silver&Fit is designed specifically to help older adults achieve better health through regular exercise and health education. Silver&Fit provides eligible members with no-cost or low cost fitness memberships through arrangements with certain health plans. Silver&Fit is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated.
If your health plan offers Silver&Fit and you would like more information about Sheldon and Echo Hollow pools and fitness centers, please contact Sheldon Pool at 2443 Willakenzie Rd. or 541-682-5314, or Echo Hollow Pool at 1655 Echo Hollow Rd. or 541-682-5525. You may also visit Silver&Fit at www.SilverandFit.com. Silver&Fit is a federally registered trademark of American Specialty Health Incorporated.
It depends on your estimated number of visits per week. If you are interested in Fitness Classes, Lap Swims, Recreation Swims and the Fitness Center two or fewer times a week, then a 10 Visit Pass is your best option. If you are interested in visiting the facility three or more times a week then the 30 Day Pass is the choice for you.
But remember: The 30 Day Pass begins on the date of purchase, so once the 30 days has begun, it runs for 30 consecutive days, so be consistent to get the most for your money!
Discuss your request with the person taking your registration or fill out the inclusion form linked below to initiate the process. Please make requests at least two weeks in advance of the program start date.
Call 541-682-6813 for recorded inclement weather messages.
All of the adult sports leagues are looking for new officials. No experience necessary. Contact the following individuals to find out more information about officiating City League sports:
Small cell facilities are low-powered antennas that provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas, supplementing the larger cellular network and improving service for wireless customers. They are installed and operated by private companies.
Small cell equipment will initially meet current 4G (LTE) voice and data demands, but City staff understands it may be modified with future 5G higher speed equipment as technology changes.
Research shows that mobile data traffic in North America has grown significantly, and is projected to continue increasing at a rapid rate with the proliferation of mobile devices. Wireless companies have indicated that existing infrastructure is becoming congested and cannot continue to meet the demands of their customers.
Wireless carrier companies have indicated that until recently, wireless phone service in general has been managed using large antennas mounted on towers located on both public and private property. Those antennas serve relatively large areas, or “cells” that may include several miles. According to wireless carriers, existing cell sites are already becoming congested, and installing more cell towers covering large areas will not keep up with projected demand for high speed wireless data. To meet demands for wireless data, carriers have begun using new lower-powered antenna technology to “offload” data traffic from the larger cell towers. Each of these smaller antennas serves a much smaller area (1-2 blocks) but with much higher data volumes. This type of wireless infrastructure is referred to as “small cell.”
The City of Eugene has been proactive in establishing standards and requirements for size, volume, appearance and placement of small cell installations. For example, for structural reasons, as well as aesthetics and view impacts, “stealth technology” must be used” and there are size requirements dependent on the type of pole (metal vs. wood). Read more about these standards and requirements on our Wireless Installations in the Right-of-Way page.
Before a person or entity can submit an application for small cell installation, Public Works staff check the pole(s) for safety through a process referred to as “pole vetting.” As a requirement of submission, each application must include a structural analysis specific to the pole where the small cell would be attached.
Once receiving an application, a City of Eugene Traffic Operations Engineer performs another analysis to verify the accuracy of the information submitted.
No. Small cell facilities are allowed in the public right of way per federal and state laws, just like other utilities.
The City of Eugene has developed a permitting system to ensure that small cell facilities are placed in a way that minimizes their impacts within the areas that the City is allowed to regulate. All applications are evaluated per local telecommunications ordinances and administrative regulations.
Learn more about the City’s permit application process on our Wireless Installations in the Right-of-Way page.
Federal law prohibits state and local governments from imposing more restrictive regulations on small cell wireless facilities than imposed on other similar types of infrastructure (such as wireline communications or cable facilities). This means that state and local governments cannot prohibit the installation of small cell facilities in areas where similar types of infrastructure are allowed.
The City cannot adopt a moratorium on the deployment of small cell technology.
The FCC has ruled that state and local governments are prohibited from enacting a moratorium or ban on deployment of small cell facilities as that would prohibit, or effectively prohibit, the provision of telecommunications services in violation of federal statute. The federal statute that a moratorium would violate (47 USC §253(a)) states:
“No State or local statute or regulation, or other State or local legal requirement, may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting the ability of any entity to provide any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service.”
State and local governments may impose certain aesthetics requirements on small cell facilities. Any aesthetic requirement must be reasonable, objective, published, and no more burdensome on small cells than on other similar types of infrastructure. The FCC’s Order states that “aesthetic requirements that are reasonable in that they are technically feasible and reasonably directed to avoiding or remedying the intangible public harm of unsightly or out-of-character deployments” are permissible.
In accordance with City Code, Eugene Public Works permits telecommunications equipment in the City’s right-of-way. The City has aesthetic requirements for small cell facilities that an applicant must comply with in order to obtain a permit.
Federal law prohibits a city from regulating facilities on the basis of radio frequency (RF) emissions concerns if the facilities comply with Federal Communications Commission rules and standards. However, the City does require a licensed RF Engineer review and stamp an application, before submission, confirming it falls within the FCC’s standards.
In April 2019, Eugene City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 5264 requesting the federal government to update studies on potential health risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and publish findings.
The Council can adopt a resolution urging the FCC to work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal agencies to update the studies on potential health concerns arising from 5G technology radio frequency wireless emissions.
In April 2019, Eugene City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 5264 requesting the federal government to update studies on potential health risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and publish findings.
The industry's intent for deploying small cell facilities is to improve their reliability and coverage. Each site is usually connected to a specific provider.
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in our community and each year over 700 people in Lane County die from tobacco-related illnesses. That means about 1 in 4 deaths is caused by tobacco use.
Public spaces include the sidewalks, alleys and city-owned right-of-way areas. They do not include privately owned areas like outdoor patios or parking lots.
The new rule was signed in July and becomes effective on Friday, August 24, 2018.
The downtown core is illustrated in the shaded section of the map below. It ranges from Lincoln St. to Pearl St., 8th Ave. to 10th Ave., and extends to 11th Ave. from Charnelton St. to Willamette St. The public right-of-way, consisting of sidewalks, medians, streets and alleyways, are included in the downtown smoke-free area. This ordinance does not include privately owned areas like outdoor patios or parking lots.
The use of any smoking instrument or device is prohibited in all of the public spaces within the downtown core, unless a private establishment has chosen to opt-out of the rule. If a private establishment is approved to opt-out of the rule, some or all of the public right-of-way immediately adjacent to its property could be exempt from the rule.
If a place of employment property owner outside of the downtown core would like to make the public spaces immediately adjacent to their property smoke-free, they may request to do so. This would prohibit using any smoking instrument or device immediately adjacent to their property.
These options are in addition to the current rules which includes smoke-free parks; areas outside government owned facilities that are within 25 feet of doors, entries, or pathways thereto, such as patios, walkways, and sidewalks; and areas within 10 feet of any other public doorway. A smoking instrument or device is defined as cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, clove cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, and other related products.
The primary method of enforcement will be education and asking for voluntary compliance. Community members are one of the best enforcement tools for a smoke-free policy. Most people do not want to be exposed to secondhand smoke, and are willing to speak up if they are being exposed and know a rule is in place that is being violated. Community members can help by asking people to follow the rule and stop smoking where it is prohibited. This is how similar laws in other cities have worked, including places like Fort Collins and Boulder, Colorado.
While a violation of City smoke-free rules is a misdemeanor which could lead to a citation, the goal is to receive voluntary compliance or movement of the activity outside of the smoke-free area.
Yes. The rule change includes an option for private establishments within the downtown core to “opt-out” of the new rule. The streamlined process includes filling out a form, submitting it to the City, and awaiting a response.
If you request to opt-out, the approved public spaces adjacent to your property become open to all members of the public as a space where smoking is allowed. Other limitations outlined in the code, including limits to proximity to the entryway, would still be in effect.
Property owners outside the downtown core can request that the public right-of-way adjacent to their properties become smoke-free. The streamlined process includes filling out a form, submitting it to the City, and awaiting a response.
Community education will focus on informing members of the public and visitors about the policy and referring people to cessation information if interested. The effort will include informational flyers, new downtown signs, a smoke-free downtown web page, outreach through local media, and information placed in city and partner agency newsletters. City employees such as the City’s downtown ambassadors will also help share the information with downtown businesses and visitors.
Yes. A public hearing was held on July 16, 2018. During the public comment period on the proposed rule change the majority of feedback was in favor of expanding smoke-free areas in the City.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that e-cigarettes may be an emerging public health issue. More research is needed to understand the health impacts of e-cigarettes, but studies have found cancer-causing and toxic chemicals in the first and secondhand vapor. The CDC reports a sharp rise in the number of calls to U.S. Poison Control Center concerning children being poisoned by liquid nicotine. Without state or federal marketing restrictions, with the delay in setting age restrictions, and with flavors like gummy bear and Girl Scout cookie, more than five times as many youth in Lane County used e-cigarettes in 2015 than in 2013.
Oregon health insurance providers are required to cover smoking cessation.
Detailed information is located on the back of the TRT remittance form located on our website:http://www.eugene-or.gov/trt
This useful information will assist and guide you in filling out the form and answer most of your questions.
The law defines a transient lodging intermediary as a person or business, other than a transient lodging provider, that facilitates the retail sale, charges for the occupancy of transient lodging and collects the payment from the customer. Examples of transient lodging intermediaries include, but are not limited to, online travel companies, travel agents, and tour outfitter companies.
Once a new account is open, we issue the Certificate of Authority to collect and remit the tax. If the tax is collected and submitted by a third party on the owner’s behalf, then only the third party will receive the certificate.
If the lodging intermediary collects payment directly from the lodgers, the lodging intermediary is responsible for collecting and remitting the tax on the entire retail price. You are responsible for remitting taxes on amounts you collect directly from lodgers.