Urban Reserves Virtual Open House

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Urban Reserves Options Review

The City of Eugene and Lane County have been working on Urban Reserves planning since January 2018. With the help of our project partners, we have completed the technical and suitability analysis and have developed a range of Urban Reserves Options for review.

Partners include property owners, service providers, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee, the Triple Bottom Line Sounding Board, and many others. We will take these options—with the input we receive—to City and County decision-makers later this summer and fall for their direction, with a goal for adoption by next spring. Once Urban Reserves are adopted, they become the first land to be considered if and when a UGB expansion is necessary.

The state gives communities flexibility when selecting the size of an Urban Reserve – therefore, we can designate enough land to meet the needs of between 10 and 30-years of population growth (from 2032). Read the Urban Reserve Options Story Map to learn about how we developed a range of Urban Reserve options for consideration.

After reviewing the story map, share your thoughts! Take the survey below between June 26th - July 26th and be entered into a drawing for a $100 grocery gift card.



Project Background

Urban Reserves planning identifies land outside of Eugene’s urban growth boundary (UGB) so we are better prepared if we need to expand in the future for new homes, jobs, schools, and parks. We are looking as far out as 2062 when Eugene’s population is expected to exceed 262,000 residents.

Visit our project web page for complete information, including our technical analysis story map, and interactive web map.

We Want To Know What You Think!

If you have questions or input, please use the survey and Q & A tools featured below. You will be asked to register or log in to your user account before providing your feedback. If you need some help with the registration process please read this guide.

Virtual Office Hours

If you'd like to schedule a time to talk to staff directly, we have virtual office hour slots that can be scheduled. We can set the meeting up over the phone or via Zoom. Reserve your spot here.


Urban Reserves Options Review

The City of Eugene and Lane County have been working on Urban Reserves planning since January 2018. With the help of our project partners, we have completed the technical and suitability analysis and have developed a range of Urban Reserves Options for review.

Partners include property owners, service providers, the Envision Eugene Technical Advisory Committee, the Triple Bottom Line Sounding Board, and many others. We will take these options—with the input we receive—to City and County decision-makers later this summer and fall for their direction, with a goal for adoption by next spring. Once Urban Reserves are adopted, they become the first land to be considered if and when a UGB expansion is necessary.

The state gives communities flexibility when selecting the size of an Urban Reserve – therefore, we can designate enough land to meet the needs of between 10 and 30-years of population growth (from 2032). Read the Urban Reserve Options Story Map to learn about how we developed a range of Urban Reserve options for consideration.

After reviewing the story map, share your thoughts! Take the survey below between June 26th - July 26th and be entered into a drawing for a $100 grocery gift card.



Project Background

Urban Reserves planning identifies land outside of Eugene’s urban growth boundary (UGB) so we are better prepared if we need to expand in the future for new homes, jobs, schools, and parks. We are looking as far out as 2062 when Eugene’s population is expected to exceed 262,000 residents.

Visit our project web page for complete information, including our technical analysis story map, and interactive web map.

We Want To Know What You Think!

If you have questions or input, please use the survey and Q & A tools featured below. You will be asked to register or log in to your user account before providing your feedback. If you need some help with the registration process please read this guide.

Virtual Office Hours

If you'd like to schedule a time to talk to staff directly, we have virtual office hour slots that can be scheduled. We can set the meeting up over the phone or via Zoom. Reserve your spot here.

Before you ask us a question, please review the Urban Reserves Options Story Map and our updated FAQs. If you have questions about your specific property, please contact staff directly.

Urban Reserves Options Q&A

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    How long until Urban Reserves are brought into the UGB?

    7 days ago

    That depends on how fast Eugene is growing and how quickly we are using up the supply of developable land within the UGB. Eugene’s new Growth Monitoring Program will allow us to regularly analyze how quickly the City’s land is developing and when a UGB expansion may be needed. Any future UGB expansion onto urban reserve land will go through a state-guided process which requires a rigorous study of 20-year land needs using the most up-to-date population forecasts and identifying strategies to develop more compactly inside the current UGB before expanding.

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    Can I keep doing what I’m doing on this land if it is included in Urban Reserves?

    7 days ago

    Yes, property that is included in Urban Reserves could continue to be used as it is currently.  Urban Reserves don’t trigger any changes in use.

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    What will happen if my property is included in Urban Reserves?

    7 days ago

    Being included in Urban Reserves means your property will be among the land considered first when a UGB expansion is necessary. Land designated as Urban Reserves will remain rural, and can’t be urbanized, unless it is brought into the City’s urban growth boundary (UGB) through the formal state-directed process for UGB expansion, and then later is able to annex into city limits.

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    Will Urban Reserves change the current Urban Growth Boundary?

    7 days ago

    Planning for Urban Reserves will not change Eugene’s current Urban Growth Boundary. Urban Reserves planning simply identifies first priority land for if and when Eugene needs to expand. Any future UGB expansion onto urban reserve lands will go through the same state-guided process, which requires a rigorous study of 20 year land needs using the most up-to-date population forecasts.

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    Why are we planning for Urban Reserves?

    7 days ago

    Eugene’s future rate of population growth is uncertain, and our best predictions are likely to be wrong. If we grow faster than anticipated, we need to be prepared. This means having options identified, like Urban Reserves, so we are able to respond once we know how quickly we are growing and what type of land we will need. Urban Reserves can also help landowners surrounding the UGB plan for their future by clarifying which properties will be reserved for possible urban use and which ones will not. Similarly, with Urban Reserves in place, Eugene, Lane County, and service providers like EWEB, LTD, and others will be better able to plan for the costs and coordination needed to serve future neighborhoods with public facilities and services.