Planning Division’s 2017 Annual Report


Learn about the projects the City of Eugene Planners and Planning Commissioners completed and new initiatives launched.


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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Trust the Neighbors: An Introduction to Community-Based Planning Presented by Paul Conte

Southeast Neighbors

Join your neighbors and Paul Conte on Wednesday, January 13 for a lively evening that will provide you the tools and confidence to take charge of planning your own neighborhood community’s future.

  • What: Trust the Neighbors: An Introduction to Community-Based Planning Presented by Paul Conte
  • When: Wednesday, January 13th, 7-10pm
  • Where:Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St.

What you will learn:

  • What “community-based planning” means in practical terms
  • The foundational ethics and principles of community-based planning
  • Basic organizational requirements for community-based planning
  • Basic process requirements for community-based planning
  • Key documents in a community-based plan
  • The typical arguments against community-based planning and how to counter them
  • How to mitigate the risks that arise during community-based planning
  • Oregon’s Goal One – Citizen Involvement and what the means for you and your neighbors
  • The “refinement plan” – Oregon’s statutory form of community-based plan
  • Applying community-based planning to the South Willamette Street area and other…

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Hearing on New Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Rules

Southeast Neighbors

from the Oregon League of Cities Bulletin

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has scheduled a second hearing on the new urban growth boundary (UGB) rules for December 3 at 9:30 a.m. in Salem. The proposed rules create a new, optional process for UGB amendments and a new land priority structure for cities using the standard UGB process. The new process seeks a streamlined method that will allow a city to reduce the work required to support an expansion of its UGB. The new process is proscriptive in many ways, limiting flexibility for cities but creating a method that invites fewer opportunities for a city’s decisions to be appealed. The proposed rules can be reviewed here.

In addition to the new process, the LCDC is also considering rules that would change the current UGB expansion process. These changes were also part of the 2013 legislation and were intended…

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Eugene Urban Growth Boundary Recommendation Moving Forward

After almost five years of community visioning, technical analysis, and public input, the Envision Eugene Planning has presented the preliminary UGB recommendation for adding land to Eugene for jobs, parks, schools, and single family homes. The recommendation includes four areas of expansion:

  • Clear Lake: Land for over 3,000 jobs, commercial support services, a 222 acre community park, and a future Bethel school all master planned and served by a green infrastructure system
  • Santa Clara: Land for a 35 acre community park
  • Bailey Hill/Gimpl Hill: 60 acres of land for 134 single family homes
  • Bloomberg/McVay: 230 acres of land for 400 single family homes, existing employment lands, a park and a reservoir

The Bloomberg/McVay expansion area will impact our neighborhood most directly. The study area extends along both sides of 30th Avenue from Spring Blvd down to I5.


Link to PDF of the relief map:  Bloomberg/McVay UGB Expansion Area


Through the end of January you can view the details of the recommendation and submit your comments through the On-line Open House at

  1. January 13th, 4-6 pm will be an in-person open house in the Atrium lobby at 99 West 10th Avenue.
  2. January 20th, 7:30 pm will be a City Council public forum at Harris Hall, 125 East 8th Avenue.