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.