Urban Reserves

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Planning for the Next Two Generations

Urban reserves are a special designation, allowed by state law, for 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 designated as 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. 

The Urban Reserves Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing is October 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm

The City and County planning commissions will consider the proposal to establish urban reserves for the City of Eugene on October 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The adoption materials will soon be available for review below. The complete agenda, meeting materials, and staff report for the joint planning commission public hearing will be available for viewing by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Prior to the joint public hearing there will be separate work sessions with both planning commissions. Currently, the project is scheduled for a work session with the Lane County Planning Commission on October 4, 2022 and with the Eugene Planning Commission on October 11, 2022

Meeting links and materials will be posted here and on the Eugene Planning Commission webpage and the Lane County Planning Commission webpage

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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

We want to hear from you! See the staff contact information at the bottom of the page for questions. 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 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

Project Background

  1. Technical Analysis
  2. Suitability Analysis
  3. Options Analysis
  4. Direction

Technical Analysis

The Urban Reserves technical analysis included four major parts:

  • Establishing a study area
  • Estimating future land need (how much land do we need for homes and jobs over the next 50 years?)
  • Estimating the land supply (how much developable land do we have for these future neighborhoods?)
  • Conducting a capacity analysis (how many homes and jobs can be accommodated on this land?)

Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee

In August 2018, the City Manager appointed 13 community volunteers to serve on the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee (EETAC), a new department-level advisory committee that has been playing a key role in both the Urban Reserves and Growth Monitoring projects. Members have a wide variety of interests and come from around the City, with one representative living outside the UGB.

The EETAC guided Urban Reserves Planning by reviewing technical information that is currently being used to inform policy decisions, providing feedback to staff on technical-related issues, and reviewing assumptions and analyses related to long-term growth management-related efforts. You can keep up to date on their work at the EETAC project webpage, which includes the member roster and meeting materials.

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 Work Session, October 4 2022
  2. EETAC Presentation, October 6 2022
  3. Eugene Planning Commission Work Session, October 11 2022
  4. Joint City and County Planning Commission Public Hearing, October 18 2022

Contact Us

  1. Planning Division

    Rebecca Gershow

    Senior Planner

    99 W. 10th Avenue

    Eugene, OR 97401


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