Does the Urban Reserves analysis assume that Eugene will continue to grow in the same way? What if Eugene grows more densely?

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.

 


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1. How has the public been involved in the decision-making?
2. Does the Urban Reserves analysis assume that Eugene will continue to grow in the same way? What if Eugene grows more densely?
3. How were the Urban Reserves Options developed?
4. How do Urban Reserves protect high value soils?
5. Which Urban Reserve Option was chosen?
6. Once the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners have adopted Urban Reserves, can it be changed in the future?
7. What does the adoption process look like?
8. Can I still provide input?
9. Return to Urban Reserves Web Page