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.
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
To establish urban reserves, the City and County will consider amending the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan General Plan and the Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan to include maps and policies that would apply to the urban reserves. They will also consider related amendments to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan and the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Public Facilities and Services Plan.
Click on the links below to view the proposed amendments for each plan.
- Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan
- Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan
- Lane County Rural Comprehensive Plan
- Public Facilities and Services Plan (a refinement plan of the Metro Plan)
The City of Eugene and Lane County will adopt an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding coordinated planning between themselves and with each of the following statutory special districts:
- Bailey Spencer Rural Fire Protection District
- Eugene #1 Rural Fire Protection District
- Goshen Pleasant Hill Rural Fire Protection District
- Junction City Water Control District
- Lane Fire Authority
- Lane Transit District
- Santa Clara Rural Fire Protection District
- Willakenzie Rural Fire Protection District
- Willamalane Park and Recreation
- Zumwalt Rural Fire Protection District
The agreements include provisions regarding the City providing advance notice to service providers related to actions that may result in a transfer of service and the transfer or expansion of services on land designated as urban reserves.
Oregon land use planning requires Eugene and Lane County to write Findings in Support of the Establishment of Eugene Urban Reserves. These findings detail how Eugene urban reserves are consistent with the applicable Statewide Planning Goals and meet state and local government criteria.
The following documents, listed below, are appendices to the findings.
The Public Engagement Summary is a synopsis of the Eugene urban reserves public engagement efforts used to inform the public and obtain feedback on the urban reserves planning efforts, from the technical analysis process to the proposed Eugene urban reserves adoption package.
The Eugene Urban Reserves Study documents the analysis of land for inclusion in Eugene urban reserves based on the steps required by State statute and rules.
Attachments to the Urban Reserves Study include the following:
Subarea Suitability Analysis Reports
To manage the suitability analysis described in the Study, the urban reserves study area was divided into 18 subareas, as shown on the map below. These subareas encompass the entire study area and were developed to organize the analysis into manageable areas of land that are affiliated geographically. There are 18 Suitability Analysis Subarea Reports:
Urban Reserves Serviceability Analysis Report
City, county and area service providers were asked to provide a narrative evaluation of the developable land in the study area in terms of whether the land could be served in an orderly and economic manner. The analysis was completed on a subarea level and first compiled in the Urban Reserves Serviceability Analysis Report [Findings Appendix 3]. The above Eugene Urban Reserves Study Subarea Reports (Exhibit F, Appendix 2, Attachments 1-18), utilized information from this report to evaluate the orderly and economic provision of public facilities and services for each of the 18 subareas.
The Eugene Urban Reserves Technical Memo describes the assumptions and methodology behind the two models used for Eugene urban reserves planning work: The Land Need Model and the Land Supply Model, and how this work informs the land selected for Eugene’s urban reserves.
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
After completing our technical analysis, we developed suitability criteria to further evaluate our study area. These suitability criteria were based on the state-directed outline of analysis and reflect the City’s Triple Bottom Line Framework. We subdivided the study area into 18 subareas and structured the analysis to explicitly address the suitability criteria.
The suitability analysis evaluates all the developable land in the study area by considering it in terms of the following four factors (dictated by state rules), then dismisses land that, on balance, would be unsuitable for Urban Reserves based on this evaluation:
Land that is ‘suitable’ was moved forward for further consideration; it will not necessarily become Urban Reserves. The amount of suitable land in the study area is slightly more than the amount of land needed for the largest Urban Reserve option, so additional land was removed from consideration as the Urban Reserve options were developed.
Lane County Board of Commissioners Direction
On November 10, 2020, the Lane County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a motion to support the Eugene City Council’s initiation of a public review and adoption process to consider the establishment of Urban Reserves as described in Option 3, the 27-Year Option. Option 3 includes almost 6,000 acres of land, enough to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032, and strives to protect our highest value soils by removing from consideration all agricultural properties with predominant Class 1 land and directly adjacent agricultural properties with predominant Class 2 land.
Eugene City Council Direction
On October 21, 2020, the Eugene City Council passed a motion, in a 7 - 1 vote, to support Urban Reserve Option 3, which includes enough land to meet approximately 27 years of growth beyond 2032. The City Council’s direction is consistent with the recommendation made by the Eugene Planning Commission, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee’s recommendation to staff, the majority of public input, and the City Manager’s recommendation. Prior to passing the motion, the City Council held a work session on October 12, 2020, to allow for additional time to ask questions and receive information. You can watch the work session here.
City Council and County Board of Commissioners Joint Work Session
Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee Recommendation
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Upcoming Public Meetings
(links will be added when available)
- Lane County Planning Commission, June 15 2021
- Lane County Board of Commissioners, November 10 2020
- Eugene City Council, October 21 2020
- Eugene City Council Work Session, October 12 2020
- Joint Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners Work Session, September 21, 2020
- Lane County Planning Commission, August 18 2020
- Eugene Planning Commission, August 17 2020
- Lane County Planning Commission, August 4 2020
- Eugene Planning Commission, August 3 2020
- Urban Reserves Virtual Open House, June 26-July 26 2020