Public Invited to South Willamette & Neighborhood Planning Forum


City News Flash: Mayor Kitty Piercy invites all interested community members to a public forum regarding engagement with the South Willamette process. The purpose of the meeting is to provide people from across the community with the opportunity to share their thoughts about engagement processes related to South Willamette and Neighborhood Planning goals, in particular any concepts or comments that have not been shared yet.

The forum will take place at the South Eugene High School Cafeteria on Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Individuals who would like an opportunity to speak may begin signing in at 5:30 p.m.

Since Eugene was founded in 1851, our city has grown and prospered in countless ways. Eugene is expected to grow by 34,000 people and 37,000 jobs by 2032. This growth will continue into the future whether we plan for it or not, affecting how our community looks and feels. Neighborhood and area planning – built on the cornerstone of public engagement and input – is an essential tool to help Eugeneans guide our future in a way that works best for us, our families, and our future residents.

“We are looking to the future of our Eugene community in so many important ways right now,” said Mayor Kitty Piercy. “We need feedback from people from across the community, because this work will continue throughout the city.”

To hear from as many community members as possible, commenters will be provided with 3 minutes each. Ideas may also be submitted to southwillamette@ci.eugene.or.us through September 20. All communications will be shared with Council in connection with their next work session on this topic. At the work session, Council will discuss how to move forward based on community feedback received, Oregon Consensus’ assessment report, a proposal put forward by Councilors Brown and Clark, and other potential ideas.

Planning for South Willamette began as part of Envision Eugene. For more information on Envision Eugene, visit:envisioneugene.org.