Land Use Code Amendments
Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments (City File: CA 22-1)
The proposed Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments are intended to provide a clear and objective set of regulations for the review of proposed housing development within the boundary of the Willamette River Greenway, consistent with the requirements of state law and Statewide Planning Goal 15. The proposed land use code amendments include:
- Greenway setbacks that require new housing to be setback from the river
- Limits on maximum length of buildings within 100 feet of the setbacks
- Limitations on walls and fencing
- Pedestrian access requirements for multi-unit developments
- Native landscape requirements to create additional buffering
- Greenway specific tree preservation and removal standards
If the proposed amendments are adopted, an applicant proposing to develop housing within the boundary of the Willamette River 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 land use 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. 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:
- Addition of tree preservation and removal requirements to both the clear and objective and discretionary approval criteria for Willamette River Greenway Permits, to enhance the protections applied to new development within the Greenway.
- Further reductions in the maximum length of buildings to 75 feet (within a distance of 100 feet from the proposed Greenway setback) to help facilitate views to and from the river.
- Clarification that pedestrian paths and public accessways are the only new structures permitted within the Greenway setback, as water-related accessory uses/structures.
- Removal of limitations on parking areas between buildings and the Greenway setback, to eliminate conflicts with other existing standards that generally prohibit vehicle use areas between buildings and adjacent streets. 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.
- Removal of the initially proposed administrative review process (Type II) for clear and objective applications, in response to initial public input and Planning Commission direction. 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.
The Planning Commission will begin their deliberations on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 5:30pm. To tune in, please click here.
More information can be found in the updated Frequently Asked Questions.
Testimony & More Information
UPDATE: At the January 10, 2023 Public Hearing the Planning Commission passed a motion to continue to receive written testimony until 5:00 pm of January 20, 2023. Any testimony received after this date will be provided to the City Council for their consideration.
To provide written testimony, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- January 10, 2023 EPC Public Hearing #2
- August 2, 2022 EPC Work Session
- June 14, 2022 EPC Work Session
- March 8, 2022 EPC Public Hearing #1
- February 17, 2022 Information Session
Important Documents & Tools
- Greenway WebMap - A dynamic map showing the Willamette Greenway Proposed Setback. Use the search tool to find specific properties within the Greenway.
- Supplemental Maps
- Excerpt of Exhibit F of Ordinance No. 20351: Native Plant List - List of native trees and vegetation allowed within the Proposed Willamette River Greenway Tree Preservation Zones and required landscape buffer
Version 2 Draft Code for Review: This updated draft code incorporates changes discussed in the project updates above.
- Revised DRAFT 2 Willamette Greenway Code Amendments (Version 2.1 - 1/20/23)
- DRAFT 2 Willamette Greenway Code Amendments (Version 2 - 12/02/22)
- DRAFT Figure 9.6885(2)(e)
- December 2022 FAQ Update
Version 1 Draft Code for Review: This draft code was developed prior to information shared during more recent Planning Commission work sessions.
Middle Housing Code Changes
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
City Council Action - Adoption of Ordinance No. 20642
For more information, contact the land use team at email@example.com.
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
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.