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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of track and field and contains 214 member federations. The IAAF's premier event is the World Championships, which takes place once every two years.
The IAAF World Championships will be the world's largest sporting event in 2021. The 2021 iteration of the World Championships will take place in Oregon. It will be the first time in history that the Championships will take place on US soil. The official name of the event is the IAAF World Championships Oregon21.
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.
The dates of the 2021 World Championships are Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 15, 2021.
The website for the event is: oregon21.com
This will be the third IAAF 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 IAAF World Championships Oregon21 is coming to Oregon Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 15, 2021. The majority of the events will take place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Some events leading up to the Championships will take place in other parts of Oregon, as well. We will post additional information as the event program is finalized.
The Local Organizing Committee, known as Oregon21, is a tax-exempt subsidiary of Track Town USA, Inc. (an Oregon non-profit corporation) that has been established to deliver the 2021 IAAF World Championships. Oregon21 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 2021. 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.
The City of Eugene’s ultimate vision for Oregon21 is that we maximize results from existing plans and policies 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:
These projects provide a few examples of how Oregon21 can catalyze projects that will leave an enduring legacy in our community.
Additionally, the City of Eugene has taken a lead role in previous track and field events to ensure the event represents our community values, and will do the same in 2021. The City is committed to hosting an inclusive, safe, and responsible event for all.
The preparations for a sound accommodations plan that meets the need of the event are well underway. By utilizing the hotel inventory (including new properties that will be built prior to 2021), University of Oregon residence halls, student apartment complexes, and the AirBnB market, there will be an ample supply of beds for IAAF staff, athletes and team officials, members of the media, and spectators.
An Athlete Village will be created using University of Oregon residence halls. Spectators will have options in local hotels and AirBnB offerings. Additionally, experience from hosting the Olympic Trials indicates that spectators also choose to stay in communities up and down the I-5 corridor and other cities within Lane County.
A preliminary economic impact report conducted with 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.
Many federations representing countries will be looking for places for their teams to train and acclimate in advance of the IAAF World Championships. Cities around the state of Oregon have already begun preparing their facilities and communities to serve as pre-championships training sites for federations of all needs and sizes. Oregon stands ready with over 10 university campuses and many other well-equipped local tracks to meet the training, accommodation, recovery, and recreation needs of the world's greatest athletes.
The organizing team provides a platform to connect local communities interested in hosting international teams with IAAF team leaders looking to bring their teams over early for camps. This will happen by way of the Oregon21 website, where information on available communities is featured (oregon21.com). This information will also be distributed through official communications from the IAAF to the teams and, eventually, communication directly from the organizing committee to teams. The local organizing committee does not select training camp locations for the federations; it is up to the federations to make their own selections. Most federations will plan site visits around 9-12 months prior to the 2021 World Championships.
For more training camp information, including how communities can establish themselves as a training camp option, visit: oregon21.com.
In advance of IAAF World Championships, the City of Eugene Parks program launched 2,021 for 2021, an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021. While working hard to clean the air, the giant sequoia will also make our community more attractive, livable, and prosperous. They will be 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 will boost Eugene's urban forest and turn hosting the Championships into a more sustainable opportunity for the southern Willamette Valley. For more information, please contact Scott Altenhoff, Urban Forestry at 541-682-4817 or Scott.R.Altenhoff@ci.eugene.or.us.
The 20x21EUG Mural Project is an initiative of the City of Eugene Cultural Service’s Public Art Program to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals in Eugene between now and the IAAF World Championships Oregon21. The project is 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. As the project grows, it will seek artist exchanges between Eugene artists and international cities.
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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 $23.6 million annually 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 will convene a Community Safety Citizen Advisory Board. That 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.
The panel has not been selected yet but will be in place prior to the payroll tax going into effect.
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.
The total needed for longer-term system stability is approximately $23.6 million per year.
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 as approximately $23.6 million is needed each year.
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.
The Community Safety Payroll tax will be effective January 1, 2021. The first quarterly tax return and payment for the employer payroll tax and the employee payroll tax will be due on April 30, 2021. The first annual return and payment for the self-employment tax will be due April 15, 2022.
After seven years, the City Council must refer the continuation of the payroll tax to a public vote, or the tax will be terminated. If the Council does not refer the continuation to voters or the voters reject the continuation, the payroll tax will end on Dec. 31, 2028.
The Community Safety payroll tax will become effective January 1, 2021.
The City is currently drafting administrative rules that will provide the more detailed instructions for how the tax will be administered and collected.
The draft rules will be available for a public comment period for people and businesses to provide feedback. These comments will help inform any further revisions to the rules that will be considered by the City Manager.
The payroll tax is paid by employers, employees, and self-employed persons.
An employer is responsible for paying the employer payroll tax as well as withholding and remitting the employee payroll tax on behalf of all employees with subject wages. Self-employed individuals are responsible for paying the self-employment tax.
The employer payroll tax is calculated at a tax rate of 0.0021 (or .21 percent) of total wages paid by an employer. For employers with two or less employees, the tax rate is 0.0015 (or .15 percent) for the first $100,000 of wages paid.
The self-employment tax is calculated at a tax rate of 0.0021 (or .21 percent) of net earnings from self-employment. For self-employed individuals with two or less employees, the tax rate is 0.0015 (or .15 percent) for the first $100,000 of net earnings from self-employment.
The tax rate for the employee payroll tax is based on the hourly rate of the employee:
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Public employers are exempt from the employer payroll tax because intergovernmental taxation is prohibited. Without express authority, one government entity cannot tax another. However, public employees are subject to the employee payroll tax if they work at a public employer located in the Eugene city limits.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are subject to the employer payroll tax and their employees are subject to the employee payroll tax.
Use our online Search by Address tool to see if an address is in the city limits,. The Eugene city limits is not the same as the Eugene urban growth boundary or determined by certain ZIP codes. Your address may contain “Eugene,” but still be outside the Eugene city limits.
No, the hourly rate is calculated without adjusting for overtime.
Example: Maggie receives $13.00 per hour. Maggie occasionally works overtime and is paid time-and-a-half, or $19.50 per hour. To determine the applicable employee tax rate, Maggie’s employer will use her base wage rate of $13.00 per hour.
Even though overtime wages are not used in establishing the hourly rate for determining the applicable tax rate, overtime wages are subject to the employee payroll tax if the employee earns more than the minimum hourly wage.
To calculate the hourly rate for an employee that is paid wages by a means other than hourly, the employer will divide the total wages received during the pay period, excluding overtime pay, by the total hours worked in earning those wages, excluding overtime hours. The hours worked should include paid leave hours.
If an employee is paid by the hour, but the hourly rate changes during a pay period, the hourly rate is computed as the total wages paid (excluding overtime pay) to the employee divided by the hours worked in earning those wages (excluding overtime hours). This will provide an average hourly rate that can be used to determine a single tax rate, rather than applying multiple tax rates to wages earned during a pay period. Wages and hours worked at the minimum wage rate are excluded in the calculation.
Example: Ellie rotates between a day shift, swing shift, and graveyard shift and receives an hourly wage of $12.00, $13.00, and $14.00, for each shift respectively. Her employer will exclude the wages and hours at the minimum wage rate and overtime in calculating her hourly wage rate. She worked a total 112 hours (excluding overtime hours) with total wages of $1,512 (excluding overtime wages) at the hourly wage rates of $13.00 and $14.00 for the pay period. Ellie’s hourly wage rate is $13.50 ($1,512 divided by 112 hours) and she will only be taxed on the taxable wages received above minimum wage.
You are taxed on all wages earned while working at an employer located in the Eugene city limits, regardless of where the work is performed. Therefore, if you work from home (or telecommute) or work at a job site outside of the City limits, but work for an employer located in the City, those wages are subject to the employee payroll tax.
If an employer with a physical address in the City has one or more business locations outside the City, no tax is owed by the employer or employee for those hours an employee works at an employer’s business location that is outside the City, even if the employee lives in the City limits.
Example: Mark works for an employer that has two separate business locations, Eugene and Junction City. Mark rotates between each business location, working 20 hours per week at each location. Only Mark’s wages earned at the Eugene location are subject to the employer payroll tax and employee payroll tax. The wages earned at the Junction City business location are not subject to the payroll taxes.
The employer payroll tax and the employee payroll tax are paid on a quarterly basis. Quarterly returns and payments of tax are due on or before the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.
The self-employment tax is paid on an annual basis and is due the same day as your federal and Oregon individual income tax returns which is April 15 for calendar year filers. For individuals filing a fiscal year return, the return is due on the 15th day of the fourth month following the end of the fiscal year.
When the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the due date will be the next business day.
The employer payroll tax is applied to the total gross wages paid by the employer all for services performed by an employee for an employer, including the cash value of all remuneration paid in any medium other than cash. This includes, but not limited to, salaries, fees, tips, bonuses, or commission on sales. If services are paid for in a medium other than cash, the fair market value of the thing taken in payment is the amount to be included as wages.
For the employee payroll tax, the tax is applied to total taxable wages, after pre-tax deductions.
For the purposes of the payroll taxes, “wages” does not include renumeration:
Wages earned at minimum wage (or $12 per hour as of July 1, 2020) are exempt from the employee payroll tax. This is true even if the employee receives overtime pay.
Yes, you’ll owe a 5 percent late-payment penalty on any tax not paid by due date of the return, even if you’ve filed an extension for the self-employment tax.
If you file your return more than 30 days after the due date (including an extension for the self-employment tax return), a 20 percent late-filing penalty will be added, and you’ll owe a total penalty of 25 percent of any tax not paid.
If returns are not filed for 12 consecutive quarters, or three years for annual returns, you may be subject a 100% penalty.
Employers who knowingly fail to deduct and withhold the tax may be subject to a penalty of $250 per employee, up to $25,000 for each tax period, in addition to any other penalties or interest.
Interest is charged on any unpaid tax if you don’t pay the tax by the due date. The interest period begins the day after the tax is due on all unpaid tax from the due date until the tax is paid.
No, a self-employed individual that also has employees is not subject to the employer payroll tax, only the self-employment tax. However, as an employer you may be required to withhold and remit the employee payroll tax on behalf of your employees.
Yes, the Lane Transit Tax and Community Safety Payroll Tax are separate taxes and not connected. Therefore, if you are subject to both taxes, you must pay both taxes.
No, you do not need to submit estimated payments for the payroll taxes or self-employment tax.
You are not allowed an extension to file quarterly returns for the employer payroll tax or employee payroll tax. You must file the quarterly return and pay the tax by the due date to avoid penalty and interest.
For the self-employment tax, if you are allowed an extension for federal or Oregon purposes, you are allowed the same extension. If you have been granted an extension, you must make your payment by the original due date of the return to avoid a penalty and interest charge. An extension doesn’t mean more time to pay.
Yes, you are required to report the subject wages and tax withheld for each employee. Report the subject wages on Form W-2 provided to an employee in box 18 (local wages, tips, etc.), the payroll tax paid in box 19 (local income tax), and “EUG” in box 20 (locality name).
Yes, if you are an employer or self-employed person with a physical address in the Eugene city limits and subject to the community safety payroll tax, you’ll need to register with the City. The City is currently working with a tax administration service, MUNIRevs, that will provide online tools for registering, filing tax forms, and submitting payments. The City will post more information as that service is implemented and should be ready to start accepting registrations around July 2020.
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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). Each wall is considered for supplemental funding by Urban Canvas on a case by case basis. If your wall or project is a good fit for the Urban Canvas model, supplemental funding may be as much as 50%, but not to exceed $1,500.
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.
The EUGfun Call to Artists is for individuals and organizations who would like to be part of programming the City of Eugene is running. The Downtown Program Fund supports applicants who wish to produce their own events, with the City as a sponsor. You are welcome to apply for both programs.
Applications will be scored based on the following elements:
Please note: It is within the discretion of the selection committee to ensure programs that receive funding reflect an overall appropriate balance of timing and type of experience throughout the season.
The City has a total of $25,000 to award in amounts up to $5,000 per program.
Yes! Artists chosen for funding through the Downtown Program Fund will also receive consultation time with the City’s Cultural Services staff, publicity through EUGfun marketing, and access to available City equipment including tables and canopies. If you are awarded funding, City staff will meet with you to determine how we can best support your needs.
Include samples of your work. If you are a performer you must include at least two high quality video or audio links of your work, or we cannot consider you. Include stage plot and tech requirements needed for performance. If you are a fine arts/visual artist, you must provide a link to your online portfolio and/or submit one or more imag-es of your work. We need something besides your artist statement/description to make you stand out from the other 100+ artists to give us an experience of what you have to offer.
Please take into account that all EUGfun programming is outdoors, and event depending, we may or may not be able to accommodate stage lighting. All materials and/or performances should be appropriate for outdoor display/performance.
Our intent is to produce events rain or shine and use tents and/or canopies depending on the weather conditions to protect artists and equipment. It is unlikely we would cancel due to a heat advisory, though we have cancelled due to air quality advisories. In the event of extreme warm weather we provide cooling resources for artists and staff. Our artist contract includes the following rain out clause: "In the unlikely event that the performance is rained out, as determined by the City's representative three hours prior to the scheduled performance, performers will be compensated at 33% of the original performance fee."
If you worked for EUGfun in 2019, you don't need to fill out a new application. Otherwise, be sure to fill out the form completely when filling it out for the first time, as we do not have access to information prior to 2019. Thank you!
Yes! The City of Eugene compensates artists. Fees vary from artist to artist depending on any number of factors such as size and number of performances, ancillary workshops, travel and housing needs etc. Each artist contract is individually negotiated once a match in the schedule and material has been determined.
The Downtown Program Fund supports applicants who wish to produce all aspects of their own events, with the City as a sponsor. The EUGfun! Call to Artists is for individuals and organizations who would like to be part of programming the City of Eugene is producing. You are welcome to apply for both programs. Downtown Program Fund information
This optional supplemental insurance may be purchased by the employee or their spouse/domestic partner through ReliaStar Life Insurance Company. The premium is conveniently paid through a payroll deduction – no check to write every month! New employees may apply for a guaranteed issue amount within 31 days of their date of hire without the need for a proof of good health form. All other applications require completion of the proof of good health form and underwriting by ReliaStar.
Supplemental portable term life applications for new coverage or a change in coverage may be made at any time throughout the year. If you already have portable term life and want to simply increase the amount of coverage, fill out the application for only the additional coverage amount. An updated declaration of domestic partnership form is required for domestic partner applications, unless you have registered your domestic partnership with the State of Oregon. Send completed application forms to the City of Eugene Benefits Program.
The Federal Public Safety Officer's Benefits Program (PSOB) provides death benefits to eligible survivors of public safety officers who die in the line of duty. The amount is adjusted each year on Oct. to reflect the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index. The PSOB program also provides disability benefits for public safety officers who have been permanently and totally disabled by injury sustained in the line of duty.
As defined by Congress in Public Law 90-351 (Sec. 1217), a public safety officer is an individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.
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This salary-replacement insurance is provided for regular EPEA, IAFF, IAFF BC, AFSCME and Non-Represented employees who are regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. IATSE-Represented employee eligibility is specified in the most recent labor agreement between IATSE and the City of Eugene.
There are two emergency travel assistance programs provided through your benefits package. These are not travel or medical insurance policies, but instead help covered employees and their eligible family members who experience emergencies while traveling more than 100 miles from home.
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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.
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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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.
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.
Most work done on a commercial property requires a permit. For the list of exemptions, refer to the Oregon Structural Specialty Code 2014 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 provide a description of fees and tips for calculating your costs. If you have questions regarding fees please contact our staff at 541-682-5505.
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. The view microfilmed plans that are available before deciding if you would like copies of plans, please submit a Record Search Application 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 meet 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 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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
The Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning (SCRROL) final report (2012) listed public safety as a key concern among residents. During the Reaching Out phase of the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan in Fall 2017, many people expressed an interest in Neighborhood Watch programs as a solution.
City residents who are interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group should contact the Eugene Police Department’s crime prevention specialist assigned to their neighborhood. Find contact information for the current crime prevention specialist. Residents of River Road and Santa Clara should contact the crime prevention specialist assigned to beats 5 and 6.
County residents that are interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group should read through the handbook below that is provided by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. This lists the necessary steps and provides contact information for the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.
Residents have expressed a desire for library access, especially in the Santa Clara neighborhood. There were also questions about what library services are currently available. The handbook below was created by the River Road-Santa Clara Transition Project team and provides an excellent overview of library services available to City and County residents.
City residents can get a library card at no cost by visiting any City of Eugene public library location with proof of residence. County residents are also able to get a card to Eugene public libraries, but must pay a fee. As of March 2018, the annual fee is $130 per household. Both City and County residents can attend events and classes at the Eugene public libraries, regardless of whether they hold a library card.
A Guide to Urban Services in River Road and Santa ClaraCity of Eugene Library website
The riverfront in River Road and Santa Clara is part of the larger Willamette Greenway, which runs from Eugene to Portland. It is an important community asset. Most of the River Road portion of the riverfront is in 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. This means that City park rules apply and planned park development is laid out in the Parks and Rec System Plan.
For concerns about illegal activity along the riverfront, 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.
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Many residents expressed a desire for information about specific vacant lots in their neighborhood. Concerns ranged from public safety to the perception that the development process was taking too long. The City of Eugene has an obligation to apply regulations fairly and evenly to all properties, meaning that developing a property can take varying amounts of time based on the size or complexity of a proposed project and the associated public review process.
It is important to note that private property is developed at the discretion of the owner, who may choose to wait to develop the land for various reasons. The nature of private property also means that there may be limited information available about the future plans for a particular site.
Residents can sign up to receive a weekly email notifying them of new land use applications that the City of Eugene has received. This allows community members to stay informed when new projects are proposed. These emails include land use applications across the city and are not exclusive to River Road and Santa Clara.
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Many residents said they place a lot of value on the parks within their neighborhood, and 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 purchased in recent years.
There are various planning documents that lay out the future goals for Eugene parks, and the Parks and Recreation System Plan is especially helpful. This document provides the results of a 2016 Needs Assessment, 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 Parks and Recreation System Plan is citywide, but Appendix A provides a summary for each planning district. River Road and Santa Clara are considered one planning district, and the district summary provides detailed information on specific proposed parks projects, which includes cost estimates and a priority ranking.
Parks and Recreation System PlanAppendix: River Road-Santa Clara Planning District Summary
The process is a collaboration among the River Road and Santa Clara community organizations, the City of Eugene, and Lane County, so the final plan will affect the neighborhoods in their entirety, both incorporated (City) and unincorporated (County) areas. There is an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Eugene and Lane County that delegates to the City all responsibilities for land use, zoning, and building permitting authority inside the urban growth boundary. This means that every resident has a stake in the future adopted neighborhood plan, regardless of jurisdiction.
The community organizations, as well as City and County planning staff, have agreed that annexation is best addressed after the neighborhood plan is complete. Attempting to tackle both neighborhood planning and resolving complex public service delivery simultaneously could prove detrimental to the successful completion of the neighborhood plan process. This would be a disappointment to residents who have put a lot of time and energy into this project.
Project charterLane County and City of Eugene Intergovernmental Agreement (1987)
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.
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.
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.
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. Below is an updated list of what can be recycled curbside as of April 9, 2018. All items must be clean.
Contamination reduces the economy and effectiveness of our recycling system. Any items that are not clearly listed below as recyclable should not be placed in commingled recycling bins.
The City of Eugene 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.
Collection services are provided to businesses and residences by licensed haulers. Haulers may collect from any area in Eugene. Find a list of licensed haulers 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.
Items that are hazardous or 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 can be recycled through a program at St. Vincent de Paul. For other items, Lane County has developed the Garbage Guru, 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.
Our system was previously able to accept plastic bottles, tubs, and jugs in the Eugene commingle (most recyclables collected together) curbside recycling bin. Plastic drink bottles and milk jugs are still accepted, but tubs are not. We are also no longer able to accept small pieces of paper such as paper shreds. Examples of items that are still not recyclable in our system include: plastic bags, dirty cardboard such as grease-stained pizza boxes, flower pots, rigid plastics such as clamshells (i.e. packaging that berries or restaurant leftovers are frequently packaged in), light bulbs, straws, all lids, plastic or other beverage cups, and broken glass. The following is a list of items that are no longer accepted in our recycling stream:
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.
Here’s what’s important to remember about recycling plastic:
In Eugene, haulers are currently accepting ONLY milk jugs in the commingle recycling. This means that both opaque milk jugs and transparent ones are recyclable. Please rinse them well, drain out any remaining liquid, and remove (and throw away) lids.
Yes! If they are rinsed clean and dry with no caps (caps/lids go in the trash), transparent, color-tinted and non-color-tinted plastic drink bottles are accepted in the commingle recycling bin.
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, wood waste, and, in some cases, food waste.
If you are interested in finding out 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 for recyclable material are either depleting or are currently non-existent, garbage haulers (who process and transport the material) are experiencing a huge increase in price, even compared to one year ago. For this reason, you will not see prices go down. Recycling used to be marketed as a free service, but unfortunately that has changed significantly over the past year.
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. Because recycling markets are currently down and not anticipated to change any time soon, the haulers’ system for collection and processing is happening at a loss 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, due to market fluctuations there is now a cost associated with processing some of the materials (like plastics and mixed paper). We are using this as an opportunity to re-educate people on how our system has changed over the years.
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:
There are two primary reasons for this that have developed over the past couple of decades:
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.
Please see our resources list for more information.
Do not put hazardous waste in the garbage. 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 currently recycle a garbage bag full of Styrofoam at any St. Vincent de Paul store for free. You may access the following external link for more information: https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/recycling-and-manufacturing/styrofoam-recycling/
Plastic flatware, including compostable flatware, is not recyclable.
Our system in Eugene is currently shape-based and an item's recyclability cannot be determined by the number. 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 from the curb, recycling is taken to be sorted and sold for processing.
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 our shape-based sorting machinery.
Yep! 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.
Not here. This is a rigid plastic, AKA a “brittle plastic”, and will contaminate our waste stream. This is true even if it has the recycling symbols and numbers on it.
Nope! Our system in Eugene is currently shape-based and an item's recyclability cannot be determined by the number. 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/
Nope. Clamshells, such as strawberry containers, are considered rigid plastics and 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.
Solid polystyrene plastic containers and polystyrene plastic foam containers (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) that are used for prepared food.
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.
Retail food and beverage establishments can apply for up to a one-year exemption by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must be received by December 31, 2020 and include the following:
City staff will review the request and provide written notice to the requester of approval or denial of the request, including the reason for approval or denial.
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.
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 Brest 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.
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:
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:
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.
For information about Neighborhood Watch, please contact the Crime Prevention Specialist assigned to your area or "beat". My "Beat" - My Crime Prevention Specialist
For more information on the Eugene Police Cadet program please contact Sergeant Jeremy Sullivan at 541-968-9385.
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 audio 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.
Cat Program. This program is offered through 1st Avenue Shelter and helps return cats to their owners, promotes spay and neutering, and adopts stray cats to new homes. If you find a friendly cat or kitten you believe may be a stray, visit this link or call 541.844.1777 to learn more about the Cat Program.
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 ext. 140 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 know 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 your 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 1st Avenue Shelter 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 1st Avenue Shelter at 541.844.1777. 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.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office will attempt to serve the respondent for ten days. If you have further information regarding where the respondent may be served, please notify the Lane County Sheriff's office. You may call 541-682-4150 after 9pm to inquire if the order has been served.
You may have someone other than the Lane County Sheriff’s Office serve the papers. Talk to the court clerk’s office or Victim Services personnel for more information.
We understand parents, students, faculty and staff are very worried by the recent crimes occurring near the UO campus and we share your concerns.
We are keenly focused on this issue and are applying the Eugene Police Department’s resources as a priority alongside our partners, including the University of Oregon Police Department.
EPD has deployed additional resources including investigations personnel, extra patrols and presence in the area. In addition, we have assigned targeted deployments and officers designated for rapid response. Investigative staff have been reviewing all reports and examining all evidence.
EPD and University of Oregon Police Department Public Information officers are closely exchanging information that is being pushed out through social media, including safety tips for students. A tip line has been setup to capture any leads on cases already reported at 541-682-5169.
We urgently wish to capture these suspects and are doing our best to do so. The safety of our community is a priority and we are working hard with our partners to resolve these cases as quickly as possible.
We have been hearing from parents, students and community members about the ability of Uber and Lyft to operate in Eugene. Currently, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft are currently allowed to operate in the City of Eugene. Even though the code and rules were updated to allow TNCs to operate in Eugene, they have not yet chosen to begin operations in our city.
In February 2018 Eugene City Council discussed TNCs and directed the City Manager to bring back new code change language that continues to maintain important community safety standards like independent driver background checks, while working to better align with TNC’s business model.
We want to assure you that staff and leadership are working diligently on this process and continue to work with stakeholders including Uber and Lyft. Changing City code is a legal process with prescribed steps and timelines that must be honored.
The following resources may be of help while we are working through our process as outlined above:
Additionally, the University of Oregon offers the following resources for students (as posted by the University of Oregon Police Department, Chief of Police Matt Carmichael):
It is critical that students let law enforcement know about crimes or suspicious conditions IMMEDIATELY.
The UO has staff available 24 hours a day to support and respond to students in crisis. Call 541-346-SAFE or visit safe.uoregon.edu.
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.
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.
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:
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.
If you would like to be informed when street sweeping will start in your area you can sign up for street sweeping notification. The street sweeping notification will not tell you the exact date your street will be swept but it will inform you a range of days that sweeping will take place, including things that you can do to ensure your street gets swept.
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!
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:
Echo Hollow Pool will be closing February 22, 2020 for renovation. The renovation is expected to take about a year, with reopening in early 2021.
Amazon Pool will be open for lap swim only beginning Monday, February 24 and will remain open throughout Echo Hollow Pool’s renovation. There will also be lap swimming available at Sheldon Pool.
Echo Hollow Passes are valid only at Sheldon Pool. Echo Hollow Pool memberships sales will end mid-February to make patrons more aware of our upcoming closure. Patrons can purchase either Sheldon Pool or Amazon Pool memberships. Amazon Pool memberships must be purchased for Amazon Pool.
Sheldon Pool will be offering additional Water Fitness classes and Swimming Lessons during the renovation.
You may purchase a one-time, 10-visit or 30-day pass for lap swim that can be used at both Amazon and Sheldon pools. Because Amazon Pool is now open the full year rather than a shorter season, we are no longer able to offer the Amazon lap swim season membership pass.
There will still be summer season memberships available.
Silver & Fit memberships are valid only at Sheldon Pool after the Echo Hollow Pool closure. Renew Active memberships are valid at Sheldon Pool and Amazon Pool. Silver & Fit is not accepted at Amazon Pool because Silver & Fit requires fitness equipment/a fitness center, and Amazon Pool does not meet those requirements.
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.
El sistema de seguridad comunitaria se ocupa de mantener seguros a todos. Este sistema está formado por departamentos interdependientes de la Ciudad y colaboradores comunitarios. Cada uno depende del otro en diferentes situaciones.
En este momento, el sistema de seguridad comunitaria está experimentando dificultades:
En el 2018, el Concejo de la Ciudad dedicó $8.6 millones, desde enero del 2019, durante 18 meses de financiación, para aumentar el personal y los recursos. La meta es estabilizar la prevención, los servicios para personas sin hogar, la seguridad pública y la respuesta de emergencia. La financiación estratégica “puente” vence el 30 de junio del 2020.
El Concejo también se comprometió a encontrar una solución a largo plazo de este problema. En noviembre del 2018, se estableció un equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos formado por miembros y concejales de la comunidad. Después de revisar las opciones de financiación, el equipo recomendó un impuesto sobre la renta para respaldar anualmente la suma de $23.6 millones para los servicios de seguridad comunitaria.
En su sesión de trabajo del 10 de junio, el Concejo de la Ciudad de Eugene aprobó una ordenanza de impuesto sobre la renta para la seguridad comunitaria, que proveerá continuamente fondos para servicios críticos, incluso servicios policiales, de bomberos y médicos de emergencia, tribunal municipal, servicios para personas sin hogar y servicios preventivos.
Se formó un equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos para la seguridad comunitaria, a fin de elaborar una recomendación sobre financiación para el administrador de la Ciudad. El equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos incluyó a tres concejales de la Ciudad, miembros actuales y pasados del Comité de Presupuesto y el presidente de la Comisión Policial. El equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos estudió muchos tipos diferentes de opciones de financiación, variando de gravámenes fiscales a una combinación de otros impuestos o tarifas.
El equipo tomó en consideración 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 en Eugene y cómo se relacionó la opción con la necesidad de seguridad comunitaria. El equipo también examinó los posibles impactos económicos, medioambientales y de equidad social – también conocido como triple cuenta de resultados. Se concentró en un impuesto sobre la renta mientras concluía su investigación.
A largo plazo, la nómina bruta parece ser una fuente de ingresos públicos sostenible y cada vez mayor que puede soportar ciclos económicos y seguir el ritmo de los impactos de inflación generales y de sueldos, en los niveles recomendados de financiación de servicios.
Los impuestos sobre la renta pagados por los empleados y/o los empleadores se calculan generalmente como un porcentaje de nómina o sueldos brutos. Para los empleados, el impuesto es un porcentaje de los sueldos totales imponibles del empleado. Para un empleador, el impuesto es generalmente un porcentaje de la nómina total bruta del empleador.
Los servicios de seguridad comunitaria de Eugene están financiados actualmente con el financiamiento puente por una sola vez que aprobó el Concejo para enero del 2019 hasta junio del 2020. El impuesto al salario tiene el objetivo de dar una solución de financiamiento a largo plazo a partir de julio del 2020 en adelante. Según la Ordenanza de Impuesto al Salario, no se adeudará ningún impuesto al salario ganado antes del 1 de julio del 2020.
*A partir del 1º. de julio del 2020, el sueldo mínimo en Eugene será de $12 por hora.
**Un empleador con dos o menos empleados recibiría una tasa reducida de .0015 sobre los primeros $100,000 de nómina.
El equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos reconoció que el impuesto sobre la renta no afecta cada segmento de la población. No captaría los ingresos públicos de los visitantes, los residentes de la Ciudad empleados en otro lugar, los jubilados y los desempleados. Sin embargo, el equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos pensó que este enfoque era la más clara y justa de las opciones finales consideradas.
Sí, todos los empleados que ganen sueldos y salarios dentro de la Ciudad de Eugene pagarían la porción del impuesto sobre la renta que le corresponda a dichos empleados – incluyendo a los empleados públicos.
Los empleadores públicos estarían exentos del impuesto propuesto sobre la renta porque se prohíben los impuestos intergubernamentales. Sin autoridad expresa, una entidad gubernamental no puede cobrarle impuestos a la otra.
El total necesario para la estabilidad del sistema a largo plazo es de aproximadamente $23.6 millones por año, lo cual incluye el puente de $8.6 millones.
La medida aprobada por el Concejo incluye requisitos críticos de responsabilidad para asegurarse de que se utilicen los fondos como se ordene, incluyendo:
La Ciudad utiliza una variedad de fuentes de fondos para financiar servicios de seguridad comunitaria, incluyendo nuestro fondo general (que más que nada proviene de impuestos a la propiedad), subvenciones, fondos federales, tarifas e impuestos locales (como el impuesto a la marihuana), y otras fuentes. Aproximadamente un 60% del fondo general de la Ciudad se asigna a la seguridad pública.
Los fondos del impuesto local a la marihuana respalda la seguridad comunitaria. El impuesto local a la marihuana recaudó casi $1 millón en el 2018; ese dinero respalda la seguridad de los parques, el tribunal comunitario, los servicios sociales, y se ha apartado una porción para financiar las opciones de refugio para personas sin hogar. El equipo a cargo de los ingresos públicos para la seguridad comunitaria también consideró la financiación para un gravamen local por las opciones, pero un nuevo gravamen produciría menos de $10 millones anualmente y no se considera una fuente permanente de financiación ya que un gravamen debe renovarse cada cinco años. Estas otras opciones no cubren la financiación necesaria para proveer servicios para nuestro sistema de seguridad comunitaria, ya que cada año se necesita aproximadamente $23.6 millones.
Los miembros de la comunidad pueden enviar comentarios por correo electrónico a la Alcaldesa Vinis y a los concejales de la Ciudad.
El Concejo de la Ciudad tiene la autoridad para implementar un impuesto sobre la renta por medio de una ordenanza. Todas las ordenanzas requieren una audiencia pública. En su sesión de trabajo del 8 de mayo, el Concejo de la Ciudad votó por enviar la ordenanza del impuesto sobre la renta a una audiencia pública el 28 de mayo. En su sesión de trabajo del 10 de junio, el Concejo de la Ciudad de Eugene aprobó la ordenanza del impuesto sobre la renta para la seguridad comunitaria.
Alternativamente, el Concejo puede colocar el impuesto a votación, o se puede colocar con una iniciativa de ciudadanos o por medio de una petición exitosa de referéndum.
Los servicios de seguridad comunitaria de Eugene se están financiando actualmente con fondos “puente” de una sola vez, que el Concejo aprobó para el período de enero del 2019 a junio del 2020, con la intención de identificar una solución a largo plazo para proveer una financiación de julio del 2020, siguiendo hacia adelante.
El Estado de Oregon recauda un 0.1% de impuesto sobre la renta de los empleados para la financiación del transporte. Los ingresos públicos financian las iniciativas de transporte en todo el estado, incluyendo los proyectos de capital y el mantenimiento de la infraestructura. Los empleadores recaudan el impuesto en nombre de los empleados y se lo presentan al Departamento de Ingresos Públicos de Oregon (Oregon Department of Revenue) (DOR).
Además, dos distritos especiales de transporte público recaudan impuestos sobre la renta de los empleadores. Los ingresos públicos financian parcialmente el transporte público en el distrito de transporte público de Lane (LTD, por sus siglas en inglés, zona de Eugene/Springfield), y el distrito de transporte público metropolitano de tres condados (TriMet, por sus siglas en inglés, zona de Portland). Las tasas del 2019 fueron de 0.74% y 0.7637%, respectivamente. Los empleadores presentan los fondos al Departamento de Ingresos Públicos (DOR, por sus siglas en inglés). Las organizaciones 501(c)3, sin fines de lucro, están exentas de este impuesto.
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.