EUG Planning Newsletter

What's New with EUG Planning

October 30, 2022

This month's EUG Planning Newsletter includes updates on: Urban Reserves and Planning and Development Department Job Postings. We hope you'll find this information useful and reach out if you have questions. As always, you can find more information on all of our work by visiting our website.

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Happy Halloween

As you walk around your neighborhood this Halloween, whether to check out decorations, trick-or-treat, or watch the autumn leaves fall, take a look at the design of your neighborhood with the "trick-or-treat test." Halloween is a holiday reliant on the design of our communities and the trick-or-treat test provides a way to contemplate the walkability and safe street design of where you live. An area well suited for trick-or-treating will also probably be a place well-suited for building community. As you walk or roll around, here are a few questions to ponder: How well does your neighborhood support walking? Are people's doors close together or spread out (i.e. where can maximum candy gain be achieved)? How quickly, easily and safely can kids move from door to door?

While you show off your costumes in quests for candy, keep an eye out for duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes, cottage clusters, and ADUs. Need some help? Use this Middle Housing Scavenger Hunt for some clues. Have fun, stay safe, and Happy Halloween!

Urban Reserves Project

October has been a busy month for urban reserves planning. Both the City of Eugene and Lane County Planning Commissions held work sessions on the urban reserves adoption package earlier this month. Then on October 18, both planning commissions held a joint public hearing to receive input and verbal testimony from community members.

After the two planning commissions have reviewed the proposed amendments and other relevant material provided by staff, including testimony from the public, each planning commission will hold deliberations and make a recommendation to its own elected officials: the Eugene City Council and the Lane County Board of Commissioners. Then, City Council and the Board of Commissioners will consider their planning commission’s recommendation and they will hold their own series of meetings, including a joint public hearing before making their final decisions on urban reserves adoption. Full meeting details, including updates, and adoption materials will be posted on the urban reserves project web page.

Next up:

  • On November 15, 2022, the Lane County Planning Commission will hold deliberations on the urban reserves adoption package. At this meeting the planning commissioners will make their recommendation to the Lane County Board of County Commissioners.

  • The Eugene Planning Commission’s deliberations on urban reserves have been postponed (from November 1) to December 6, 2022. At this meeting the planning commissioners will make their recommendation to the Eugene City Council.

Have Questions?

Come chat with Urban Reserves project staff by signing up for virtual office hours, which will continue to be held on Thursday’s in November from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm on Zoom or in-person at the Atrium. (November 3, 10, 17). Sign-up for office hours.

As always, stay tuned to this newsletter for monthly project updates, check the project web page for information and adoption materials, and feel free to contact project staff Zoli Gaudin-Dalton or Rebecca Gershow with additional questions.

Planning and Development Department Jobs

Commercial Code Analyst

The Code Analyst role is an integral part of the City’s Building & Permit Services Division. It is a dynamic and rewarding position that serves a multi-faceted role in the permit review process. Our team of code analysts serve as project coordinators on commercial permits, which means they are the primary contact for colleagues from several other internal review teams such as fire marshals, public works, erosion, community development, and land use staff. Code analysts also serve as the primary City contact for permit applicants and regularly coordinate directly with builders, owners, architects, and engineers throughout the plan review and permitting process to ensure project compliance and success. This position functions in a collaborative, solution-oriented environment and the ideal candidate will be someone who blends creative problem solving with high integrity and professionalism. To learn more and apply, click here.

Applications System Analyst (Limited Duration)

The City of Eugene Planning and Development Department is looking for an excellent C#.NET software developer for an exciting opportunity to rewrite a business-critical application that is currently written in PowerBuilder. PowerBuilder knowledge is not required but is a plus. This position is part of the Planning and Development Technical Services Team. The effort will be highly collaborative for requirements gathering, project management, code review and testing processes. The application being rewritten is responsible for processing the City’s Land Use applications such as subdivisions and zoning changes. This is just the beginning of an effort to make this a more transparent, accessible process for the community. To learn more and apply, click here.

For all City of Eugene jobs, visit our careers webpage.

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