Land Use Code Amendments

Willamette River 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 Setbacks
  • Limits on Maximum Length of Building Facades
  • Limitations on Walls and Fencing
  • Pedestrian Access Standards 
  • Native Landscape Buffering Standards
  • Greenway Specific Tree Preservation Standards

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.

 

Project Updates & New Information

Recent updates to the draft code include changes to the proposed land use application procedures and the approval criteria for Willamette River Greenway Permits, based on public input and Planning Commission direction since the first public hearing, and subsequent deliberations in June and August of 2022.  This updated version of draft code will be the focus of the second public hearing scheduled for January 10, 2023.  Several key changes to the draft code since the version considered at the initial public hearing are briefly summarized below.  


Key Updates to Willamette Greenway 

  • Tree preservation requirements added to both the clear and objective and discretionary/subjective approval criteria tracks for Willamette River Greenway Permits, to enhance the City’s Goal 15 protections applied to new development within the Greenway.
  • Further reductions in the maximum length of building facades to 75 feet (within a distance of 100 feet from the newly established Greenway setback) to help facilitate views to and from the river.
  • Revisions to remove potential conflicts with existing Goal 5 protections for the Willamette River as a water resource, already regulated by the City’s /WR Water Resources Conservation Overlay.
  • Clarifying the limited allowance of new structures to include only pedestrian paths and public accessways within the Greenway setback, as the only water-related accessory uses/structures permitted under Goal 15 definitions as part of the clear and objective track approval criteria for Willamette Greenway Permits.
  • Limitations on parking areas between buildings and the Greenway setback removed from the draft code, to eliminate conflicts with other existing standards that generally prohibit vehicle use areas between buildings and adjacent street frontages. This generally favors buildings close to adjacent street frontages and away from the river.
  • Mapping refinements based on walkability analysis from public access points included on the proposed maps for adoption, which help determine the clear and objective requirements where new pedestrian connections may be required for additional access to the river.

Willamette River Greenway Permit Approval Process

In response to initial public input and Planning Commission direction, the initially proposed Type II “administrative review” process for clear and objective track applications has been removed from the proposed amendments. This change will maintain the City’s existing requirement for a public hearing on all Willamette River Greenway Permits as part of the Type III land use application procedures, thereby simplifying the State’s formal adoption process and eliminating the need for approval of a "Design Plan" as that term is used in the language of Goal 15. Nonetheless, the Design Plan created in support of the initially proposed amendments includes a variety of useful information and evidence that remains relevant as part of the adoption process.  


Testimony & More Information 

To provide written testimony, send an email to greenwaytestimony@eugene-or.gov or mail comments to: c/o Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, 99 W.10th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.  

For background, and more information about the potential draft code revisions, please see the meeting materials and recordings linked below. 

Meeting Recordings & Materials

Important Documents & Tools

Version 2 Draft Code for Review:  This updated draft code incorporates changes discussed in the project updates above. 

Version 1 Draft Code for ReviewThis draft code was developed prior to information shared during more recent Planning Commission work sessions. 

Testimony

Staff Contact

If you have comments, questions, or would like more information about the Willamette Greenway process, please contact: Jeff Gepper, Senior Planner, JGepper@eugene-or.gov or Gabe Flock, Principal Planner, GFlock@eugene-or.gov.

Middle Housing Code Changes

On May 24, 2022, the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 20667 to implement the Middle Housing Code Amendments.


The Middle Housing Code Amendments implement House Bill 2001, legislation that requires large cities in Oregon, including Eugene, to allow middle housing (duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, rowhouses, and cottage clusters) to be built in all neighborhoods. This legislation is intended to increase our housing supply and allow for more housing types of all shapes and sizes in more places.


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)


Project Status

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


Staff Contact

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)

Project Status

At the July 26, 2021 work session, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 20657 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 show the location of commercially zoned properties in Eugene. 


The Commercial Setbacks Code Amendment: 

  • Applies only to new buildings and linear expansion of existing buildings on commercially zoned property.
  • Requires a minimum setback of 3 feet for property zoned C-3 Major Commercial, and 5 feet for property zoned C-2 Community Commercial. 
  • Adds landscaping, and hardscaping or pedestrian amenity requirements for minimum setback areas of all commercially zoned properties.
  • Allows 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. 
  • Allows 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. 
  • Allows for an adjustment review process when a proposal responds to the intent of the code and creatively meets or exceeds the development standards. 

Staff Contact

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. 


For more information, contact the land use team at landuseinfo@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 


Bicycle Parking

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.




Recently Adopted Land Use Code Amendments

The online version of Eugene Code Chapter 9 is available at this link. See "Amended" flag for recent code updates.


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    Planning Director

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    Eugene, OR 97401

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