Urban Growth Strategies
Eugene’s Urban Growth Strategies Project will identify the tools, actions, policies, and land needed for the next 20 years to support housing and living wage jobs in Eugene.
Our homes are the foundations for our lives; they are places of shelter, safety, gathering and comfort. Finding a place to call home and earning enough to pay for rent or a mortgage is increasingly difficult in Eugene. Our community is growing, and the City is working hard to support increased employment opportunities and housing affordability, availability, and choice.
Building off the Envision Eugene Community Vision, the Project will evaluate the need for housing, jobs, parks, infrastructure, schools, and other urban land uses, as well as what tools can help Eugene grow more efficiently. This work will result in studies of what land is available in Eugene, updates to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan and other City plans and land use regulations, and an evaluation of whether there is a need to expand the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
Urban Growth Strategies is a collaborative effort that integrates state-required urban growth planning, equitable community engagement, and City Council-directed policy work.
The Urban Growth Strategies Project includes three key phases, which are each supported by several products.
- Identify the needs and priorities of community members for housing, jobs, and access to community resources in Eugene.
- Complete a technical analysis of land needed for jobs, housing, and other urban uses (such as parks, schools, and infrastructure).
- Integrate the results of community engagement and technical analysis to create and update the policies guiding land use planning in Eugene. To learn more about policy updates, visit the webpages below.
Learn more about each of the phases using the tabs below.
The Eugene Planning Commission will provide feedback on the Urban Growth Strategies Community Engagement Plan on February 13 at 5:30pm. The Community Engagement Plan builds off the Envision Eugene Community Vision and outlines community engagement goals, activities and timeline, engagement strategies, communication tools, and equitable outcomes for the project. View the agenda materials, including the draft Community Engagement Plan, and meeting webcast. There will not be an opportunity for public comment.
Community members will help identify the needs and priorities for housing, jobs, and access to community services in Eugene. The project team will reach out to a wide range of organizations, community leaders, and the general public to gather views on current and future housing needs. Outreach will include broad communications as well as specific engagement with historically marginalized communities.
During this timeframe, the following technical reports will incorporate the results of community engagement and build off the City’s past efforts to provide housing affordable to all income levels:
- Housing Production Strategy (HPS): A report that summarizes and prioritizes tools and actions to address housing needs and increase housing production, affordability, and choice.
- Redevelopment Analysis: An analysis of specific study areas to estimate redevelopment potential and incentives for mixed-use development.
- Land Use Efficiency Measures: Tools the City can implement so that residential and employment lands can be used more efficiently – allowing or encouraging more housing and jobs than previously expected. This will include Climate-Friendly Areas designation, among others.
Stay tuned for draft materials and opportunities to share your perspective on Eugene’s needs, strategies, and priorities for housing and jobs.
Urban Growth Strategies will result in an evaluation of whether Eugene's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) needs to be expanded to meet land needs over the next twenty years. Technical analysis will show whether Eugene currently has enough land within its UGB to accommodate future housing and employment needs, considering additional tools that address unmet land needs. Technical reports informing land needs include:
- Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI): An assessment of the supply and development capacity of land within Eugene's current UGB.
- Housing Capacity Analysis (HCA): An analysis of the current and future (20 year) demand for housing in Eugene across a range of prices, rent levels, locations, housing types and densities.
- Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA): As assessment of Eugene’s economic trends, economic development potential, forecasted employment growth, and needs for future economic growth.
- Residential Land Supply Study (RLSS): Establishes a 20-year supply of land for residential use within Eugene’s UGB, incorporating data gathering and technical analysis from the HCA, residential efficiency measures, and the BLI.
- Employment Land Supply Study (ELSS): Establishes a 20-year supply of land for non-residential use within Eugene’s UGB, incorporating data gathering and technical analysis from the EOA, employment efficiency measures, summary of other urban land needs, and the BLI.
Stay tuned for draft materials and opportunities to share your perspective on the technical analysis of Eugene’s land supply, housing, and employment needs.