What’s different about the proposed Willamette River Greenway Overlay in the draft River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone?

The proposed zoning and land use code changes that are part of the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone include a Willamette River Greenway Overlay which uses development standards and a blend of open spaces,  landscape, and development standards to provide a buffer between the Greenway and development, to protect wildlife and habitat, and enhance public access and connections to the river. This overlay would apply to properties proposed to be part of the River Road- Santa Clara Special Area Zone that fall within the previously adopted boundaries of the Willamette River Greenway. See the Draft Proposed Zoning Map.

The key differences to note between standards included in the proposed overlay compared to the in-progress citywide Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments, include:

  • Applies to all development (not just housing)
  • Limits building height with proposed zoning
  • Increased setback (50’ instead of 40') for building façade maximum length
  • Increased public access requirement (300’ instead of 500’)

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1. What is the River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan?
2. Why are we developing a neighborhood plan for the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods?
3. What will the Neighborhood Plan do?
4. Where will the Neighborhood Plan apply?
5. Why is River Road a key transit corridor? How does this relate to Envision Eugene?
6. How does the Neighborhood Plan relate to MovingAhead?
7. What is the Action Plan? How will it be implemented?
8. What is the River Road Corridor Study? How does it connect to the Neighborhood Plan?
9. What is the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone? Where will it apply?
10. What changes might affect the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods outside of the Special Area Zone?
11. How does House Bill 2001 impact River Road and Santa Clara?
12. How quickly might changes start to happen?
13. How do the proposed zone changes impact your property?
14. Will the Neighborhood Plan impact annexation?
15. How will the Neighborhood Plan impact traffic? What transportation improvements are planned?
16. How will the Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking impact parking requirements?
17. What parks are planned in River Road-Santa Clara?
18. Who maintains the riverfront? How can I submit a maintenance request or report illegal activity?
19. What current regulations guide development along the Willamette River? What about other local waterways and natural resources?
20. What changes are being proposed in the Citywide Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments?
21. What’s different about the proposed Willamette River Greenway Overlay in the draft River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone?
22. Do River Road and Santa Clara residents have access to a library?