What is a neighborhood plan? What is a refinement plan?

Historically Eugene used the term Refinement Plan to describe plans that took the city-wide policies of the Comprehensive Plan and tailored them to a neighborhood. They were adopted as refinements to the Comprehensive Plan (at that time, known as the Metro Plan). However, in the mid-1990s Oregon land use law was revised, creating a legal definition for the term Refinement Plan. 

Because aspects of the state definition of a Refinement Plan do not always align with community expectations, the Planning Division has moved away from referring to locally adopted plans as Refinement Plans. We are using the terms area plan and neighborhood plan because they avoid confusion with refinement plans under the state statute. 

A neighborhood plan involves broad, comprehensive planning for one or more neighborhoods. The process is guided by a project charter that outlines the decision making structure.  The plan -- including vision, goals and policies, an action plan, and potential land use code provisions resulting from the process -- is adopted by the City Council and County Board of Commissioners (when the County is involved), an important attribute for community members who want to make sure that the plan has legal standing and guides future decision making. By moving away from the term Refinement Plan, the planning division is hoping we can focus on the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods' desired outcomes, without risking confusion with state defined terminology. 

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1. What is a neighborhood plan? What is a refinement plan?
2. How will the Neighborhood Plan get adopted?
3. How does the River Road Corridor Study connect to the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan?
4. What are the goals for the River Road corridor?
5. Will this neighborhood planning process impact annexation?
6. What is the plan for undeveloped park land?
7. What are current regulations for development along the river? Who maintains the riverfront?
8. How is the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan coordinating with the Urban Reserves project?
9. The River Road Corridor Study includes draft proposals to focus land use changes along and near River Road. How will this impact traffic?
10. I have a question about a specific vacant lot in my neighborhood; where can I find more information?
11. How will we preserve and grow our farms?
12. What is the role of a Neighborhood Watch group, and how can we coordinate with City and County law enforcement?
13. Do River Road and Santa Clara residents have access to a library?