Urban Reserves

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Planning for the Next Two Generations

Urban reserves are lands outside the urban growth boundary (UGB) that can be considered a first priority if and when Eugene needs to expand for its growing population. Land included in urban reserves will remain rural, and cannot be urbanized, unless it is brought into the city’s UGB through a formal process for expansion. 

City of Eugene and Lane County have been working jointly on urban reserve planning since January 2018. In fall 2020, the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners moved to initiate the public review and adoption process for the proposed Eugene urban reserves, which is enough land to meet the projected needs of 27-years of growth beyond 2032, to 2059, while preserving the highest value farmland and additional properties with higher value soils. 

City and County Planning Commission Deliberations on Urban Reserves

On October 18, the Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions held a joint public hearing to receive input and testimony from community members on the urban reserves adoption package. Although the public hearing is closed, you can still email your comments to UrbanReserves@eugene-or.gov and they will be forwarded to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners. 

Upcoming Meetings:

  • The Lane County Planning Commission’s deliberations on urban reserves have been rescheduled (from November 15) to Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:00 pm. 
  • The Eugene Planning Commission’s deliberations on urban reserves have been rescheduled (from November 1) to Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 5:30 pm. 

The adoption materials are available for review below. Meeting links and materials, including instructions on how to join, will be posted here and on the Eugene Planning Commission webpage and the Lane County Planning Commission webpage approximately a week before each meeting. For past meetings links and materials please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Map of the proposed urban reserves with text across that says, Eugene Urban Reserves Web Map Opens in new window

To find out where your property is located in relation to the proposed urban reserves, please visit the Proposed Eugene Urban Reserves web map or view a PDF version

Properties included in urban reserves will remain in the county jurisdiction. Take a look at the Property Owner Matrix for more information on City and County differences in services, land use, and taxes.

Have Questions? Come to Office Hours!

Get your questions answered by Urban Reserves project staff by signing up for virtual office hours, held on Thursdays in November from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm on Zoom or in-person at the Atrium. (November 3, 10, & 17). Click here to sign-up for office hours.  Additional times are available on request.

We want to hear from you! 

See the staff contact information at the bottom of the page . Use the link below to submit testimony by email.  All public testimony received will also be forwarded to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners for their consideration before any final action is taken. 

Review the Adoption Materials

  1. City and County Ordinances

The proposed ordinances below will establish urban reserves for the City of Eugene. 

  1. Plan Amendments
  1. Intergovernmental Agreements
  1. Findings
  1. Public Engagement
  1. Urban Reserves Study
  1. Technical Memo
  1. Public Notice
  1. Testimony

Project Background

  1. Project Overview
  2. Technical Analysis
  3. Suitability Analysis
  4. Options Analysis
  5. Direction

Stay Informed

Interested in getting notified about urban reserves planning work? Sign up for the EUG Planning Newsletter! We will send you monthly project updates through the EUG Planning newsletter and notify you of upcoming meetings and opportunities.

Upcoming Public Meetings 

(links will be added when available)

  1. Lane County Planning Commission Deliberations,  December 6 2022
  2. Eugene Planning Commission Deliberations, December 13 2022

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Rebecca Gershow

    Senior Planner

    99 W. 10th Avenue

    Eugene, OR 97401


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