The Southeast Neighborhood encompasses that area bounded by the intersection of Willamette Street and 29th Avenue, east on 29th Avenue to Amazon Parkway, south to East 30th Avenue and the Eugene city limits to the east. From there the boundary follows the city limits south to their intersection with Willamette Street, then north along Willamette Street north to the intersection of Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.
Southeast Neighbors is the neighborhood association formally recognized by the City of Eugene as representing the Southeast Neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon. The association is active and engaged in issues like neighborhood safety, livability, local politics, sustainability, building community, and outreach. As Southeast Neighbors, we care about the quality of life in our neighborhood, and we work together to maintain and improve it. Through our collective actions, consultative relationship with the City of Eugene, participation in the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) and other local groups, and through our many other relationships and organizational efforts, we share great opportunities to protect and contribute to the beautiful place we live in.
Historically active and politically involved, the Southeast Eugene neighborhood includes more than 13,000 residents in some 6,000 households, or roughly 8% of the city of Eugene. This diverse area includes schools, businesses, low income housing, old and new developments, and affluent homes. It also includes substantial natural resources, including most of the remaining upland wildlife habitat in the City of Eugene.
The area has a textured terrain complemented by gentle hillside neighborhoods, views of Spencer Butte, and picturesque, woodsy settings. First growth, old growth, and established second growth forest, steep slopes, vital headwaters and upland wetlands, resident threatened plants and animals, historical landslides and one or more documented earthquake faults add to the special character of the local landscape. Recognizing several unique aspects of our neighborhood, the City of Eugene has established special policies and goals for planning and development, through the South Hills Study (1974, adopted as a refinement plan to the regional Metro Plan) and other documents.
Southeast Neighbors Organizational Goals
- Communicate neighborhood issues and activities through printed and electronic communication, face-to-face public meetings and forums, social events and community building opportunities.
- Facilitate open lines of communication with our neighbors, city government and our elected representatives.
- Encourage policies and planning practices that preserve or enhance the livability and quality of life in Southeast Eugene.
- Maintain and improve the system of parks, open areas, greenbelts and natural areas in Southeast Eugene.
- Increase emphasis on pedestrian, bicycle and alternative transportation throughout the neighborhood.
- Support community businesses and organizations.
- Advocate for quality development in the neighborhood through communication about design standards and promotion of a public review process.
The Difference Between a Neighborhood Association and a Homeowner’s Association
Because of their similarity in names, some might confuse a neighborhood association and a homeowner’s association. However, the two entities are quite different.
A homeowner’s association is formed by a developer and pertains to a specific subdivision or project. The association provides the framework for the future maintenance of the development’s common grounds and amenities, for instance a pool; clubhouse or common area landscaping. All homeowners are compelled to follow the codes, covenants and restrictions (CC&Rs) governing the development and pay association dues.
A neighborhood association is a section of a city with a common identity. Neighborhood associations offer a place to meet friends, exchange information, create projects and priorities, propose solutions, and have fun.
A neighborhood association is formed based on the needs and desires of its residents. The association will give residents a forum to discuss common concerns and to brainstorm possible solutions. Some potential outcomes may be: improved street lighting, bike paths, sidewalks, traffic calming devices, parks and open spaces, zoning and land-use planning, park amenities, beautification projects and neighborhood clean-ups. Many neighborhood associations have summer picnics, holiday parties and other special events in order to have fun as well as to keep the lines of communication open with their neighbors.
Recognized neighborhood associations give citizens a voice and an advocate. Neighborhood associations greatly improve the two-way communication between the city and its residents. Your neighborhood will have a clear, organized way to speak to city government so that your voice will be heard by elected officials and city departments. You will be put in touch with people who live near you and share the fondness and frustrations of your area.
Organizing also opens the door to increased communications with city government. Neighborhood association leaders meet monthly with other city neighborhood associations to discuss priorities and plans. This increased communication can be a resource for upcoming meetings or other community opportunities. The city takes pride in partnering with its’ neighborhoods. Through a collaborative effort, our city becomes more economically efficient and citizens have an increased interest and trust in government.