Downtown Priorities & Projects

City Council Work Session

City Council is set to discuss the list of Downtown Priorities and Projects this Wednesday, January 25, at their noon work session. Click here to view the Council materials or watch the webcast (for live viewing or a later recording). 

 

At this work session, staff will be providing an overview of the draft list of Downtown Priorities and Projects and the public engagement process. Council is being asked to provide direction on exploring the use of the Downtown Urban Renewal program to implement eligible projects. 

 

Links to all the materials can be found here: Council Packet

We still want to hear from you!

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the Open House and who took our online survey. The survey is now closed. We still want to hear your thoughts and ideas, though! Public comments can still be submitted through our online form

Want to receive a summary of survey results and project updates? Click here to join the Downtown Priorities and Projects Email List

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Overview

Downtown Eugene is the social, economic and cultural heart of our community, and the source of some of our most vexing community challenges. Since the Downtown Plan was adopted in 2004, we have made significant improvements to our downtown. We have invested in transportation options, redeveloped old buildings, and filled vacant and underutilized lots with purposeful buildings and significant community destinations. Downtown Eugene has world-class amenities and it is a hub of creativity and entrepreneurship. However, ongoing and emerging challenges continue to hold us back and impact the quality of life of people living, working, and visiting downtown. It is time to develop an updated list of priorities and projects that will guide the next phase of downtown investments.

Through conversations with residents, businesses, and organizations, the City is developing a list of Downtown Priorities and Projects to guide future improvements to the area. Eugene City Council will consider this list in early 2023 and begin strategizing on how to implement the priorities that come out of this process. 

To develop the list of Priorities and Projects, the City conducted broad outreach to a variety of stakeholders through interviews and focus groups. The City engaged with stakeholders who have been involved in past planning efforts and  conducted pro-active outreach to people who historically have had marginal input with decision-makers, such as youth, people of color, low-income residents, and people with disabilities. In addition, the City launched an online survey and hosted an open house to clarify challenges and opportunities. 

Current Status

After four months of active outreach, city staff have compiled a draft list of priorities and projects organized into six categories: Housing, Public Safety, Social Services, Commercial Activity & Development, Public Spaces & Mobility, and Events & Culture. The possible projects were pulled from ideas from the community, staff, and existing City policies and plans. The actions identified to address the six categories are a broad mix of operational activities and physical improvements. 

The City is convening an inter-departmental team to evaluate the actions listed in the Downtown Priorities and Projects. They will be looking at criteria such as: cost, potential funding sources, feasibility, effectiveness, and alignment with existing City policies. The team will also evaluate the timing and urgency of each of the projects and programs and how an equity and accessibility lens can be applied. 

City Council Work Session

City Council is set to discuss the list of Downtown Priorities and Projects this Wednesday, January 25, at their noon work session. Click here to view the Council materials or watch the webcast (for live viewing or a later recording). 

At this work session, staff will be providing an overview of the draft list of Downtown Priorities and Projects and the public engagement process. Council is being asked to provide direction on exploring the use of the Downtown Urban Renewal program to implement eligible projects. 

Links to all the materials can be found here: Council Packet

Since Council's packet is quite large, we've also included links to some of the key documents in their packet: 

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Related Plans and Policies

The list of Downtown Priorities and Projects will build upon the City's existing goals and plans, outlined in documents such as: 

Downtown Map

The map below shows the Downtown area being considered for this process. DowntownMap

Downtown Eugene Priorities and Projects Interest List

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Contact Us

  1. Eric Brown

    Downtown Manager 

    99 W 10th Ave

    Eugene, OR 97401

    Ph: 541-682-5208

    Fx: 541-682-5572

    Email