Planning for the Next Two Generations
Urban reserves are 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 included in urban reserves remains rural, and cannot be urbanized, unless it is brought into the city’s UGB through a formal process for expansion.
On April 10, 2023, the Eugene City Council voted 7-1 to adopt Ordinance 20686 which establishes urban reserves for Eugene. Then, on April 11, 2023, the County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance PA 1388 establishing urban reserves for Eugene.
- Lane County Board of Commissioners Work Session April 11, 2023
- Eugene City Council Work Session, April 10, 2023
- Joint Elected Officials Public Hearing, February 28, 2023
- Eugene City Council Work Session, February 15, 2023
- Lane County Board of Commissioners Work Session, February 7, 2023
- Eugene Planning Commission Deliberations, December 13 2022
- Lane County Planning Commission Deliberations, December 6, 2022
- Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing, October 18 2022
- Eugene Planning Commission Work Session, October 11 2022
- EETAC Presentation, October 6 2022
Review the Adoption Materials
To establish urban reserves, the City and County will amend 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 amend the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan and the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Public Facilities and Services Plan.
Click on the links below to view the 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 has adopted 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.
Below is the copy of the public notice of a decision:
Below is the legal ad and the two copies of the public notice that was sent out for the Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing on October 18 2022:
- Public Notice for Properties Within Urban Reserves
- Public Notice for Interested Parties or Properties Located Nearby
- Register Guard Legal Ad
Below is the legal ad and copy of the public notice that was sent out for the Joint Elected Officials Public Hearing on February 28, 2023:
Submitted testimony will be posted here in batches after it is forwarded to decision makers:
*An index and information for each batch of testimony is included as the first section of each batch. This is the testimony submitted and included in the record.