Land Use Code Amendments
Willamette Greenway Code Amendments
The proposed Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments (City File: CA 22-1) are intended to provide a clear and objective set of approval criteria and standards for the review and approval of proposed housing development within the Willamette River Greenway, consistent with the requirements of ORS 197.307 and Goal 15. The amendments include:
- Greenway Setback
- Limits on Maximum Length of Building Facades
- Limitation on Walls and Fencing
- Pedestrian Access Standards
- A Design Plan, as required by Goal 15.
If the proposed amendments are adopted, an applicant proposing to develop housing within the Greenway will be able to choose to proceed under a set of new clear and objective standards, or choose to proceed using the existing discretionary criteria under sections 9.8800-9.8825 of the Eugene Code. The proposed code amendments will not change the adopted Willamette Greenway boundary.
Planning Commission held the initial public hearing on the proposed Willamette Greenway Code Amendments on March 8, 2022. The public hearing packet includes a detailed summary of the proposed amendments, project background, related maps and other materials which can be found here.
At the Planning Commission’s most recent work session on June 14, 2022, the record was re-opened for additional public input with direction to hold a second public hearing on a revised draft code. The next work session on this topic is scheduled for August 2nd, in advance of the next public hearing to be held in September. The date of a second public hearing is yet to be determined.
To provide written testimony, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For background, and more information about the potential draft code revisions, please see the meeting materials and recordings linked below:
Meeting Recordings & Materials
- June 14, 2022 EPC Work Session
- March 8, 2022 EPC Public Hearing #1
- February 17, 2022 Information Session
Important Documents & Tools
- Department of Land Conservation and Development Commission Guidance on HB 2001 and Goal 15
- Project FAQ
- Greenway WebMap - A dynamic map showing the Willamette Greenway Proposed Setback. Use the search tool to find specific properties within the Greenway.
Version 1 Draft Code for Review: This draft code was developed prior to information shared during more recent Planning Commission work sessions. A revised draft code will be published prior to the second public hearing.
Middle Housing Code Changes
The Oregon State Legislature passed a law in June 2019 that is intended to provide more opportunities for a variety of housing types in traditionally single-family neighborhoods and to increase the overall housing supply in and around cities. At a high level, the law requires:
No later than June 30, 2022, Eugene must amend the City’s land use regulations to allow:
- A duplex on each lot or parcel:
- That is located within city limits;
- That is zoned for residential use; and
- On which the City’s land use regulations allows the construction of a detached single-family dwelling; and
- Triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters, and townhouses in residential zones within the City that allow detached single-family dwellings.
To learn more about the project, Please visit the official Middle Housing Code Changes webpage.
Accessory Dwelling Units: Finalizing Compliance with ORS 197.312(5)
(City File CA 18-1)
At the September 15, 2021 work session, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20659 to finalize compliance with state law for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These code are in effect and reflected in Eugene's online code.
If you have comments, questions, or would like more information about the ADU process, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, JGepper@eugene-or.gov
Commercial Setbacks Code Amendment (City File CA 20-5)
This City-initiated land use code amendment proposes to establish a minimum building setback for development on commercially zoned property with the goal to create vibrant walkable streetscapes in Eugene’s commercial areas. For context, the Eugene Zoning Map shows the location of commercially zoned properties in Eugene.
As proposed, the land use code amendment would:
- Apply only to new buildings and linear expansion of existing buildings on commercially zoned property.
- Require a minimum setback of 3 feet for property zoned C-3 Major Commercial, and 5 feet for property zoned C-2 Community Commercial.
- Add landscaping, and hardscaping or pedestrian amenity requirements for minimum setback areas of all commercially zoned properties.
- Allow exceptions to the minimum setback for ground floor commercial uses when windows and taller ceilings are provided. Dimensions and window percentages are context specific, with more stringent requirements in the downtown area.
- Allow exceptions to the minimum setback for ground floor residential uses when residences are vertically separated, and enhanced pedestrian space is provided. Setback reduction allowance is context specific and differs between downtown and other areas.
- Allow for an adjustment review process when a proposal responds to the intent of the code and creatively meets or exceeds the development standards.
The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed code amendments on July 19, 2021 at 5:30. The City Council is also tentatively scheduled to deliberate and potentially take action on the proposed amendments on July 26, 2021 at 7:30. See the City Council website for meeting materials and attendance instructions.
If you have comments, questions, or would like more information about the Commercial Setbacks Code Amendment, please contact: Althea Sullivan, Senior Planner, ASullivan@eugene-or.gov
Digital Sign Code Amendments (City File CA 20-2)
On October 12, 2020, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20642 amending the Eugene sign code regulations pertaining to digital signs. The goal of the land use code amendments was to modify existing sign code standards to allow and regulate digital billboards and digital readerboards. The amendments focused on how best to allow conversion of existing billboards to new digital technology with specific standards for maximum size, message change intervals, brightness, location and separation. The amendments also include digital allowances for institutional uses and gas stations and minor changes to the existing sign code suggested by staff to add clarity.
City Council Action - Adoption of Ordinance No. 20642
For more information, contact Mike McKerrow, Associate Planner, at 541-682-5288 or MMckerrow@eugene-or.gov
Expiration Extension for Approved Land Use Applications (City File CA 20-3)
On October 26th, 2020, the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 20643 to extend the expiration of Type II and Type III land use approvals for three years as an economic recovery tool in response to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This applies to any Type II or Type III land use application that was effective before November 28th, 2020. Visit here for a full list of Type II and Type III applications.
For more information, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, JGepper@eugene-or.gov
The City of Eugene is looking at updating the current bicycle parking standards. The revisions focus on simplifying and improving clarity of standards identified in Eugene’s land use code. For more information, contact Reed Dunbar at 541-682-5727 or RDunbar@eugene-or.gov.