APPROVED 1/3/2001

JOINT WORK SESSION

CITY OF EUGENE

SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCIL

WILLAMALANE BOARD

November 29, 2000

5:30 p.m.

Lane Council of Governments, 99 East Broadway, 4th Floor

 

Commissioner Peter Sorenson called to order the meeting of the Lane County Board of Commissioners.  Present:  Bill Dwyer, Bobby Green, Sr., Anna Morrison and Cindy Weeldreyer.

 

Springfield City Councilor Anne Ballew called the Springfield City Council to order.  Present:  Christine Lundberg, Tammy Fitch, Fred Simmons, and Lyle Hatfield.

 

Blake Hastings, Chair, called the Willamalane Parks and Recreation District to order.  Present: Rob Adams, H. Stewart Burge, James H. Mayo and Janice Morrisette

 

1. Willamette Valley Livability Forum Video: “Our Legacy, Our Choices.”

 

Peter Watt, Willamette Valley Livability Forum, showed a video entitled “Our Legacy, Our Choices.”  He noted that the Livability Forum was put together by Governor Kitzhaber to look into the future for the Willamette Valley and setting a vision for enhanced livability.  He said the Livability Forum produced the video that identified actions for achieving the future.  He added it was also an attempt to create new citizen activists in the valley on livability.

 

Watt announced that the forum would continue to get information out to the residents of the valley.  He said there had been three projects modeling alternative land use futures in the valley on the environment, transportation and farm and forest land.  He said those results were being completed and would be in the valley newspapers in March 2001.  He noted it would present ideas about choices and provide for responses from the public.  He said there would be a valley-wide conference on April 26, 2001 at OSU to discuss actions for the valley 50 years hence.

 

Watt noted that there were no dedicated funds for the forum, it is funded through grants.  He added they are developing a project for a proposed public investment strategy that would provide guidance to the economic community.

 

2. Metro Regional Parks and Open Space Study.

         

Steve Gordon, LCOG, reported he had been working for about a year moving this project further along.  He asked the elected officials if they wanted to proceed with a study within the next 12 months.  He noted they are not proposing a traditional land use plan, but developing a working vision for regional parks and open space.  He added they were working on a strategic plan that would identify partners for state and local government and non-profit groups on a phased approach protecting park and open space.  He stated they would be relying heavily on leveraging additional dollars to purchase land for development rights from willing sellers.  He noted there are not state or federal programs that would allow condemnation of land for park purposes.  He explained that the three governments had identified funding sources for their portion of the study and Lane County’s portion is most problematic.  He said the source identified to pay for the study is the park system development charge (that is not in place at this time) and their participation would be reliant on securing that funding source.  He said another topic was how to coordinate intergovernmentally at the elected officials’ level, and the best recommendation was using the Metropolitan Policy Committee.  He said this study could create great things for the community and provide an early opportunity to approach the federal government under the Conservation and Investment Act to find federal funding for an urban project.

 

MOTION: to proceed with the Metropolitan Regional Parks and Open Space Study for Lane County.

 

Dwyer MOVED, Weeldreyer SECONDED.

 

Mayor Jim Torrey called to order the meeting of the Eugene City Council.  Present:  Gary Rayor, Bonny Bettman, David Kelly, Gary Pape, Pat Farr, Scott Meisner, and Nancy Nathanson.

 

David Kelly, Eugene City Councilor, was excited because this was an opportunity for four jurisdictions to work together.

 

MOTION: to proceed with the Metropolitan Regional Parks and Open Space Study for the Eugene City Council.

 

Kelly MOVED, Farr SECONDED.

 

Fred Simmons, Springfield City Councilor, stated it was a wonderful concept and he suggested obtaining information about the Portland Metro Program.

 

MOTION: to proceed with the Metropolitan Regional Parks and Open Space Study for the Springfield City Council.

 

Simmons MOVED, Lundberg SECONDED.

 

Bobby Green, Lane County Commissioner, was supportive of the motion giving the staff direction with the caveat that the County had yet to identify solid funding.  He added if the study focused on no growth or suppression of growth it would be problematic for him

Lyle Hatfield, Springfield City Councilor, said there was a need to find out where it was inappropriate to put items.  He liked looking at the community objectively and identifying areas that are worthy of protection to be set aside as resource lands or park lands.  He said they need to make sure they work on placing the anticipated increase in population.

Pat Farr, Eugene City Councilor, concurred with Hatfield and Green on not being constrictive.  He added they have to make sure they understand growth, as the population increase will happen.

Anna Morrison, Lane County Commissioner, stated she had already received E-mails about properties being excluded from this study.  She asked what would happen if a property owner didn’t want to participate.

Gordon responded that since there was no land use implications they wouldn’t force people into it.  He added it was not a force of law but a vision.

 

Morrison hoped that they keep in mind private property rights.  She said there would need to be limits.  She was uncomfortable but willing to go forward.

 

Hastings stated he would like the plan if it benefited the whole community as some plans take on a regulatory nature.  He noted it was Willamalane’s mission to provide parks and recreation for citizens as long as they are respectful to private property rights.

 

MOTION: to proceed with the Metropolitan Regional Parks and Open Space Study for the Willamalane Park District.

 

Morissette MOVED, Adams SECONDED.

 

Gary Pape, Eugene City Council, said it was a great start.  He was concerned about planning regionally for transportation and land use issues.  He wanted to hear from LCOG on how they would mesh different pieces together.

 

Christine Lundberg, Springfield City Council, said it was an opportunity for everyone to cooperate regionally.  She was cautious about map drawings and how they could get misinterpreted. She was pleased to see Willamalane Parks and Recreation District represented.

 

Bonny Bettman, Eugene City Councilor, was supportive of regional open space.  She wanted to hear more about phases 2 and 3 and what the valley would look like.

 

Cindy Weeldreyer, Lane County Commissioner, stated in preparation for the Board’s initial look at open space she did research on open space ordinances.  She found it was a long process and there had to be buy-in from the community.  She said the value of open space is the livability factor is high and it is a good selling point to get the countywide or citywide measures passed to support the open space acquisition fund.  She was supportive of moving forward but had concerns about private property rights.  She added that Lane County has more parks property than they have a budget for.  She said before they proceeded they have to make sure there are adequate resources to maintain and police the spaces.

 

Stu Burge, Willamalane Parks and Recreation, was cautiously supportive.  He wanted to know what projected costs were.  He didn’t want to spend $50,000 when he didn’t know what all the costs would be.  He wanted a time frame and the total estimated amount.

 

Gordon stated it would take about 25 years to implement the program, but not more than three years to develop the full vision.  He noted at the end of the first phase they would have a working draft with an indication of early priorities to be pursued through federal and state partners.  He said if they proceeded beyond that, then next would be citizen outreach.  He said it would cost $50,000 and be completed within three years, and not cost beyond $150,000.

 

Burge said the need for open space and concepts of the plan are vital to livability.  He also had interest in urban waterfront property.

 

Adams stated he didn’t find growth appealing and saw this process as a first glimmer to preserving livability.  He was concerned about the process getting around personal property rights versus the good of everyone.  He said this was necessary and hoped that the plan would be like Portland’s plan.

 

Ballew wanted to use the MPC for conflict resolution and didn’t know if planning for parks was the place to send it.

 

Sorenson said open space is an asset and they need to put energy into protecting it. He said they have a public acquisition project of crucial open spaces, and he sees incentives for private property owners

 

Torrey was supportive and liked the legislative intent.  He said the record would indicate they had all brought concerns.

 

VOTE OF EUGENE CITY COUNCIL: Unanimous

 

Kelly noted there were also youth recreation needs.  He suggested a possible recreation district. 

 

VOTE OF LANE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: 5-0.

VOTE OF CITY OF SPRINGFIELD: Unanimous.

VOTE OF WILLAMALANE: Unanimous.

MOTION:  City of Eugene to approve $20,000 from the FY 2001 Budget for a study subject to approval and study by other jurisdictions.        

 

Nathanson MOVED, Pape SECONDED.

 

VOTE: Unanimous.

 

Van Vactor noted that Lane County would have to amend the by-laws for the MPC study.

 

There being no further business for the Willamalane Parks and Recreation District, Chair Hastings adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

         

3.Metro Urban Reserve Study.

 

- Item 1, Peter Watt, LCOG; Item 2, Steve Gordon, LCOG;  Item 3, Clair Van Bloem, LCOG

Clair Van Bloem, LCOG, explained that urban reserves are defined as lands outside the urban growth boundary that are high priority for inclusion in the urban growth boundary when additional land is needed.  She noted that urban reserves were not needed for the 20 planning year period for which the urban growth boundary was created.  She said the current adopted Metro Plan has three urban reserve areas identified: on east Thurston, in the Willowcreek area and one north of Santa Clara.  She said this study was part of the Metropolitan Periodic Review of the Metro Plan and it was identified as part of the work program during the evaluation process.  She noted the evaluation concluded that the existing Metro Plan urban reserves met only some of the requirements of the urban reserve Administrative Rule.  She said as staff reviewed the existing urban reserve in relation to the rule, it appeared the reserve did not meet the criteria for inclusion, but other areas did.

 

Jim Croteau, City of Eugene, reported that when the urban reserve areas were identified they made the most sense for the next extension for the urban growth boundary.  At that time, staff factored in public services and preservation of agriculture soils, with balancing factors.  He said the rule that is in effect now from the state follows a cookbook-type approach in establishing urban reserve areas.  He said they now have a priority process for urban growth boundary expansions.  He noted the first priority in designating land as urban reserves are lands designated "exception."  He said the second priority (if the urban land needs could not be met by the first priority) would be "marginal lands."  He said if urban land needs could not be met with either the first or second priority, then resource lands are allowed.

 

Van Bloem stated they developed preliminary residential demand for land needs 10, 20, and 30 years beyond the 20 year planning period.  She said a preliminary analysis indicated a low of 3,380 acres for ten years beyond the planning period to a high of 11,900 acres for 30 years beyond the planning period.  She noted they were looking at land for residential use and the net density assumed was 7 units an acre.  She said staff would like to plan for a mix of housing types and support residential land uses like neighborhood commercial that would be higher density, but it would depend on the type of land that was in the urban reserve.  For example, it would be difficult to achieve higher densities if the urban reserves were in hilly terrain.

 

Mark Metzger, City of Springfield, stated they wanted direction on the elected officials' interest in continuing to have urban reserves in the Eugene-Springfield metro area.  He stated that staff had identifed some advantages or disadvantages of having urban reserves.  He said it is helpful to plan where to grow and develop for major infrastructure.  He said the state would accept the application to bump out into the urban reserve because they had done the analysis up front.  He added that the urban reserves provide certainty for the development community.  He said that long range costs might be reduced if they did the analysis now, as opposed to ten years from now.  He said having urban reserves let them place the policies that help prevent large chunks of land from being chopped up.

 

Croteau hoped that the jurisdictions would have taken action tonight.  He said it was not required for a jurisdiction to have urban reserves, it is a local voluntary action.  He said the planning directors had discussed this and were  recommending not continuing to have urban reserves.

 

Kelly agreed with Weeldreyer.  He said they would need to have flexibility.  He was supporting staff recommendation by not going ahead with urban reserves.  He said they need to face geographic realities and place development in the future.

 

Bill Dwyer, Lane County Commissioner, said that each jurisdiction needed to have a thorough discussion about the ramifications of the alternatives, separately.  He said they have to see who would really be impacted.  He was not prepared to act on this.

 

Pat Farr, Eugene City Councilor, stated he didn’t want Eugene to look like Seattle and the lack of density in Eugene makes it a desirable place.

 

Croteau stated that it had been proposed for the jurisdictions to have separate work sessions and staff would go back to the planning directors to work on it.  He said the meetings would take place after the first of the year.

 

Springfield City Councilor Ballew recessed the meeting of the Springfield City Council at 7:15 p.m.

 

Mayor Torrey recessed the meeting of the Eugene City Council at 7: 15 p.m.

 

Commissioner Sorenson recessed the meeting of the Lane County Board of Commissioners at 7:15 p.m.

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary

 

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