Urban Growth Strategies

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Urban Growth Strategies will identify the tools, actions, policies, and land needed for the next 20 years to support housing and living wage jobs in Eugene.

Our homes are the foundations for our lives; they are places of shelter, safety, gathering and comfort. Finding a place to call home and earning enough to pay for rent or a mortgage is getting harder in Eugene. Our community is growing, and the City is working hard to improve opportunities for housing and jobs in Eugene.

Project Background

Building off years of planning and community engagement through Envision Eugene, the project will evaluate the need for housing, jobs, parks, infrastructure, schools, and other urban land uses, as well as what tools can help Eugene to grow more efficiently. This work will result in studies of what land is available in Eugene, updates to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan, other adopted City plans and land use regulations, a parcel-specific land use designation map, and an evaluation of whether there is a need to expand the urban growth boundary (UGB).

Urban Growth Strategies is a collaborative effort that integrates state-required urban growth planning, equitable community engagement, and City Council-directed policy work.

Project Phases

Urban Growth Strategies includes three key phases:

  • Identify Eugene's needs and priorities for housing
  • Study what land is needed for jobs, housing, parks, schools, and infrastructure
  • Using what was learned through community engagement and studies, create and update the regulations, guidelines, and maps for using land in Eugene

Stay Involved

Stay tuned for opportunities to engage in Urban Growth Strategies. In the meantime, use the tool below to “Ask a Question" and check out project updates as they're available.

Urban Growth Strategies will identify the tools, actions, policies, and land needed for the next 20 years to support housing and living wage jobs in Eugene.

Our homes are the foundations for our lives; they are places of shelter, safety, gathering and comfort. Finding a place to call home and earning enough to pay for rent or a mortgage is getting harder in Eugene. Our community is growing, and the City is working hard to improve opportunities for housing and jobs in Eugene.

Project Background

Building off years of planning and community engagement through Envision Eugene, the project will evaluate the need for housing, jobs, parks, infrastructure, schools, and other urban land uses, as well as what tools can help Eugene to grow more efficiently. This work will result in studies of what land is available in Eugene, updates to the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan, other adopted City plans and land use regulations, a parcel-specific land use designation map, and an evaluation of whether there is a need to expand the urban growth boundary (UGB).

Urban Growth Strategies is a collaborative effort that integrates state-required urban growth planning, equitable community engagement, and City Council-directed policy work.

Project Phases

Urban Growth Strategies includes three key phases:

  • Identify Eugene's needs and priorities for housing
  • Study what land is needed for jobs, housing, parks, schools, and infrastructure
  • Using what was learned through community engagement and studies, create and update the regulations, guidelines, and maps for using land in Eugene

Stay Involved

Stay tuned for opportunities to engage in Urban Growth Strategies. In the meantime, use the tool below to “Ask a Question" and check out project updates as they're available.

  • Save the Date: Housing, Urban Growth, and City Projects Open House

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    Share your thoughts on community needs and priorities for housing, future growth, and other ongoing City projects with City of Eugene staff.


    Event Information

    • Who: All residents invited to meet with City of Eugene staff on various projects and programs
    • When: June 5, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:00PM
    • Where: Farmers Market Pavilion, 85 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene OR 97401


    Together, we’ll discuss questions like...

    • How will Eugene grow over the next 20 years?
    • What types of homes will residents need?
    • How can the City increase access to daily needs like groceries, schools, and parks?
    • How can the City help to stabilize the cost of housing?
    • How can the City do all this, and still make progress on our climate goals?


    In addition to sharing your perspective on needs and priorities, different City departments will share resources and information on a wide range of topics – community public safety, waste prevention, and more.

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the conversation!


  • Get Caught Up on Urban Growth Strategies

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    Interested in getting caught up on Urban Growth Strategies? Take 15 minutes to watch this short informational presentation on the project - including background, project phases, and upcoming opportunities to engage.



  • March 2024 Project Update

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    Curious about what's going on with Urban Growth Strategies? Staff will be creating regular project updates that provide relevant project information, milestones, and upcoming opportunities for engagement. For March 2024, project updates include:

    • Community Engagement Plan Approval: The Community Engagement Plan for Urban Growth Strategies was recently approved by the Planning Commission.
    • Grant Awards: In the last several months, state agencies have awarded three grants to the City of Eugene to support Urban Growth Strategies.
    • First Working Group Meeting: As a part of the Urban Growth Strategies community engagement, City staff will convene housing and development experts, employers, and business owners to inform project priorities and outcomes through a series of working groups.
    • Legislative Updates: Housing, housing, and more housing! The 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly convened for the 2024 Legislative Session on February 5 and adjourned on March 7. This year’s short session covered a range of topics, but the focus was on ways to increase housing production in Oregon.
    • Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities News: In early March 2024, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the overall validity of the 89 rules adopted by LCDC in July 2022 as part of the CFEC program.
    • Upcoming Presentations and Events: Staff will participate in a variety of presentations to City boards and commissions in the spring. Save the date for an Urban Growth Strategies Open House on June 5 at the Farmer's Market Pavilion!


    Read the full project update for March 2024 here.

  • Community Engagement Plan Approved!

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    The Community Engagement Plan for Urban Growth Strategies was recently approved by the Planning Commission. The Plan outlines a multi-year community engagement strategy that will help identify the needs and priorities of community members for housing, jobs, and access to community resources in Eugene.

    The Community Engagement Plan builds off the Envision Eugene Community Vision and outlines community engagement goals, activities and timeline, engagement strategies, communication tools, and equitable outcomes for the project.

    In February, the City of Eugene was awarded additional funding from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to support equitable community engagement throughout Urban Growth Strategies. Eugene will use this additional funding to support direct engagement with people from historically marginalized communities, as a part of Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC).

    Engagement will begin this month and run through the end of 2025. Stay tuned for project updates and engagement opportunities through the EUG Planning Newsletter, by following the project on Engage Eugene, and visiting the project webpage.

Page last updated: 17 Apr 2024, 03:01 PM