Clear and Objective Criteria Map

As part of the Envision Eugene urban growth boundary (UGB) process, in 2015, City Council provided direction on housing by initiating several projects. These included establishing a baseline UGB, establishing urban reserves, growth monitoring and updating the City’s needed housing (clear and objective) regulations. A map was designed to allow the public to visualize the impact of the clear and objective criteria on the residential areas identified as undeveloped or partially vacant during the 2012-2032 Buildable Lands Inventory.

The fourth, final meeting to generate and evaluate preferred concepts to improve the Clear & Objective Housing Approval Criteria will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM in the Atrium Building Lobby, 99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene, OR. If you haven’t yet, please send an RSVP to

For additional information on the Clear and Objective Housing Approval Criteria Update, please visit

Clear & Objective Workshop

Monday, October 8, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM
Fire & EMS Administration Office, 1705 West Second Avenue, Eugene, OR

The work group will cover Transportation, Geo-Tech/Slope, and Compatibility issues.  The Summary of Key Issues report provides a basis for this next phase of work. The final report and Appendix D, a summary of the feedback received on the draft report, are available under the ‘links’ tab on the project website

Land Use Committee Meetings

by Jon Belcher

The NLC Land Use Committee has two tasks to tackle. First we have been asked to draft a response to Mayor Vinis based on our June NLC meeting with her.  Secondly we should start discussing the Clear and Objective Standards Task Force and how we can optimize our participation. We have scheduled two meeting times for these discussions:

  • This Thursday 8/23 from 6 to 8 PM at the Woodfield Station Market of Choice upstairs in the Community Room (2nd Floor). (2580 Willamette St.)
  • Wednesday 8/29 from 7 to 8:30 PM in the multipurpose room at Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard St.)

Please contact Jon Belcher ( for more information.

C-2 Zoning Work Session Scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A C-2 Zoning Work Session was requested by City Council through a poll initiated by Ward 2 Councilor Betty Taylor, including a number of questions related to the C-2 Community Commercial zone.  The work session is intended to provide answers to Councilor Taylor’s questions.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 12pm at Harris Hall

Here’s how the code describes C-2: “The C-2 Community Commercial zone is designed to implement the Metro Plan by providing areas for community commercial uses. These areas usually include at least 5 acres and not more than 40 acres, and are intended to include a wide range of purchaser goods and entertainment, office, and service needs for a support population smaller than that of the metropolitan area but larger than that of a neighborhood.”

C-2 allows buildings up to 120 feet tall and is intended for commercial areas but exists in much less suitable sites. Continue reading

Land Use Code Amendendment Vote at Eugene City Council Meeting: May 14, 2018

The City Council is scheduled to take action on three ordinances pertaining to land use code amendments. The first ordinance includes amendments related to the allowance of secondary dwellings. The goal of the proposed amendments is to expand the areas in which secondary dwellings are allowed in the City, as required by recent state legislation (Phase 1 Implementation of Senate Bill 1051).

The proposed amendments focus on where secondary dwellings will be allowed in the City and will increase the number of zones where secondary dwellings are permitted. Continue reading

City Council Work Session Monday, April 9: Local Options for Affordable Housing Funding – Construction Excise Tax

On December 13, Council reviewed a set of recommendations from the Housing Policy Board (HPB) for implementation of a local Construction Excise Tax (CET) to support affordable housing. At that time, staff proposed to further explore policy options for structuring a CET, engage with stakeholders, and bring a recommendation back to Council. During this work session, staff will present options for implementing a CET.

Monday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Harris Hall, 125 East 8th Avenue

Related Documents


Eugene Planning Commission Reviews Principles and Values of Public Participation for Community Planning and Legislative Planning Projects

The Planning Commission’s Public Involvement Sub-Committee (PC PIC) has identified the need for additional guidance regarding public involvement in planning activities as a supplement to the City’s currently adopted policies related to citizen involvement. At the May 8, 2017 work session, the Planning Commission will have the opportunity to learn about an existing set of values and principles contained within the City’s Public Participation Guidelines. Commissioners will also have the opportunity to discuss the practical application of these values and principles to planning projects and processes.

The Planning Commission may also consider passing a motion to endorse these values and principles for use in developing and reviewing project-specific public involvement plans.

Following the 2015 Planning Commission retreat, the PC PIC was formed to explore issues that were raised related to involving community members in planning processes and decisions, and report back to the Planning Commission. Over the past year the PC PIC has been meeting to refine its role, operating procedures, and work plan. During this process, the Planning Commission identified the need for a set of principles to inform public participation activities – a resource for designing and evaluating public involvement in planning processes. Read more…

Housing Solutions Forum: The Future of Housing

by Kaarin Knudson, AIA-SWO Design Excellence Committee

How can we make more affordable, accessible, age-friendly housing available to more people of all ages, ability, income, and backgrounds in thriving and connected neighborhoods? Join us for an engaging morning of dialog on the future of housing, land use, and creating communities for all ages.

Learn about “Missing Middle Housing” from the man who coined the term — nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc.  Daniel will describe the full range of Missing Middle Housing options and trends in America’s residential landscape that often limit housing choice. Hear from local speakers on the challenges and opportunities to meeting the region’s growing need for affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing.

Learn about critical housing policies under consideration at the Oregon legislature, including tenant protections and affordable housing development and preservation, homeownership and more.

The Mayors will co-introduce the Forum, and Daniel will facilitate a workshop and panel discussions on local and state housing issues. The agenda will move swiftly, but our hope is to support the ongoing effort to provide quality, diverse, age-friendly housing in our communities.

Please identify participants who can bring forward ideas from your individual neighborhood to attend. These events promise to be inspiring and productive opportunities for engagement.

Workshop and Panel Discussion @ Sprout Market Hall
April 12 @ 8:00-11:30am / 7:30am light breakfast

Tiny Homes Community Meeting: February 22

In addition to supporting livability, sustainability, and equity issues, could allowing tiny home villages help us to reduce our need to expand the urban growth boundary?

Southeast Neighbors

The Vulnerable Populations Working Group (soon to be NLC Homelessness Work Group) is coordinating a meeting about tiny homes. Our group wanted to learn more about the current status of this type of housing as it relates to planning and zoning. Some of the questions we are exploring include:

  • Tiny HomeCould this model help to encourage the development housing options to meet the low-income housing shortage?
  • Could incentivizing this approach help us to reach the goals of the Climate Recovery Ordinance?
  • In addition to supporting livability, sustainability, and equity issues, could allowing tiny home villages help us to reduce our need to expand the urban growth boundary?

The agenda is as follows.


6:30pm: Tiny House on Wheels Model Home Display (parking lot)
Ananda Elyce Reeves shares her designs.

7:00pm: Call to Order – Welcome, Introductions

7:05pm: Tiny Homes in Eugene – Andrew Heben
Author of “Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps…

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