Envision Eugene Excerpts – Land Use and Transportation

Below are sections from the Envision Eugene Comprehensive Plan that relate to land use and transportation.

Promote Compact Urban Development and Efficient Transportation Options

  1. Provide and encourage a safe,convenient, and economic transportation system
    • a. Integrate new development and redevelopment [….] in key transit corridors
      [….] integrate the closely-connected needs of land use and transportation (i.e. walking, biking, riding and driving) in our community, and to make the most efficient use of land and financial resources. [….] enable shorter trips and less reliance on the automobile.
  2. Facilitate [….] key transit corridors and core commercial areas as mixed-use neighborhoods that foster active, walkable, community living by providing a mix of residential, commercial, retail, and public uses in proximity to one another.
    • Recognize the unique characteristics of each area
    • Consider street design and other public improvement designs that foster pedestrian-friendly, compact urban development
  3. Protect adjacent neighborhoods
  4. Make compact urban development easier in the downtown, on key transit corridors, and in core commercial areas.
    1. Identify and remove regulatory barriers
      • Complete a feasibility study for the formation of Compact Urban Development Districts that would reduce the Reduce financial and regulatory obstacles in the downtown, on key transit corridors, and in core commercial areas.
      • Explore and apply additional incentives such as infrastructure improvements, tax incentives, loan programs, and public/private partnerships. Identify tools that can be utilized repeatedly such as a revolving redevelopment fund.
    2. Identify and apply implementation tools, such as new overlay zones, form-based codes, and an alternative review path that increase livability.
    3. Complete an assessment of implementing restructured SDCs, with the purpose of recognizing reduced impacts of smaller home footprints and denser development.
    4. Explore and apply additional incentives
    5. Ensure that the transportation system can support planned densities
  5. Conduct a pilot project, incorporating strategies to demonstrate how builders, neighbors, and the city work together to create best outcomes.
  6. Plan for additional parks, plazas and other public open spaces that will be needed in or near key transit corridors and core commercial areas as densities increase.

Neighborhood Livability

Infill Compatibility Standards

  • 1. Create and adopt land use code standards and processes that:
    • a. Prevent residential infill that would significantly threaten or diminish the stability, quality, positive character, livability or natural resources of residential neighborhoods; and
    • b. Encourage residential infill that would enhance the stability, quality, positive character, livability or natural resources of residential neighborhoods; and
  • 3.Implement the Opportunity Siting (OS) goal to facilitate higher density residential development on sites that are compatible with and have the support of nearby residents. 

Protect, Repair & Enhance Neighborhood Livability 

Future actions (such as land use code changes and plan amendments) that impact allowable density in neighborhoods will only be undertaken through a public process

  • 4.Create neighborhood plans to address unique situations and impacts in different neighborhoods.
    •  c. Complete area planning for the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods to address impacts of increasing urbanization. Base future planning efforts on previous work done under the River Road/ Santa Clara Transition Project and Final Report, June 2006, and the Santa Clara-River Road Outreach and Learning [SCROL] project 2012.