MP Parks Masterplan Update 

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The Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan is being updated for the first time since 1980.  The purpose of this site is to let you know how to participate and to keep you informed.

Click here   for an overview of the project .

This web site will be updated as new information is available. 

Last Update: August 29, 2014

Several draft chapters of the Parks and Open Space Master Plan are now available. Please click here   to review them.

Public Involvement Plan              Project Time Line     Where We Are in the Process

All documents currently available from this site may be viewed from the following links:  

Lane County Owned, Leased, and Maintained Parks List

Draft Maps & Inventory Spreadsheets

Draft Chapters and Appendices  

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The Public Involvement Plan was approved by the Lane County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Lane County Planning Commission (PC). 
Click hereto see the PIP.


ESTIMATED PROJECT TIME LINE Last Update: August 29, 2014
Coming up with the resources to dedicate to the update of the Lane County Parks and Open Space Master Plan has proven difficult.  The draft is almost complete.  Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) has been hired by Parks to assist with the completion of this very important public project.  At least three different staff members are working on this project each week in order to get it completed by the end of the fiscal year. Please check back regularly for updates as they become available.

Outreach to Focus Groups
Initial contact with key interests, or focus groups, occurred over four months, from January through April, 2005. The Parks Division Manager as well as other Parks staff  attended each of the 18 meetings. Organizations and individuals included watershed councils, youth groups, federal, state, and city agency representatives and committees, nonprofit groups, and private businesses that have often provided services or materials to our parks.

Outreach also included postcards, letters, and electronic mailings to approximately 1500 park users who reserved picnic areas, campgrounds, moorages, or participated in Park events; Lane County incorporated city councilors, city agency staff, chambers of commerce, service clubs, park hosts, concessionaries, caretakers, recreational businesses, and nonprofit organizations with an interest in land use, recreation, natural resources, and government.

We received hundreds of comments from meeting participants and through completed questionnaires, surveys, and other written comments.  These comments are invaluable in the creation of the new Master Plan.


Produce First Parks and Open Space Master Plan Draft

Several draft chapters have been completed and are ready for your review . . .

Cick here to see chapters and appendices drafted so far.

A Master Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and the County Parks Advisory Committee are being consulted in developing the first draft.  The draft will be available on the Lane County Parks official website. 


Next Steps . . .  

Estimated Time To Be Announced ...
Written comments on the 1st draft taken and considered
After the first draft update is published, estimated to be around mid-January 2015, additional comments will be taken for approximately six weeks up to a date to be specified later on this web site. Comments received up to that date will be considered in making additional changes to the document.  All comments will be published, summarized and addressed in writing.

Once all public comments on the first draft are reviewed and addressed in writing, official public hearings will take place.            

Estimated Time To Be Announced 
Begin Adoption Process
The Parks & Open Space Master Plan update is an amendment, or change, to the County Comprehensive Plan.  To make the change official, a public hearing process is required.  The process is outlined both in Lane Code Chapter 12 and Lane Code Chapter 16.400.

A hearing packet is prepared for appointed and elected officials. In addition to the draft Parks and Open Space Master Plan document, the hearing packet will include a record of all written public comments and how they were handled.  All written public comments received before the packet is prepared will be included and addressed in the packet. The packet will be available on this webpage for viewing as soon as it becomes available. 

Parks Advisory Committee and Lane County Planning Commission
The County Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) and Planning Commission (PC) will hold a joint work session, and then a public hearing, to accept testimony about the draft Master Plan.  After closing their hearing, both the PAC and PC will hold follow-up work sessions (discussions), and consider the draft Master Plan, along with all public comments in the record up to the close of their hearing. These work sessions are open to the public. The PAC and PC will each make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners as to whether to adopt the Master Plan as proposed by staff, or make changes, based upon the record, (including public comments) and their own discussions. The record from the PAC and PC process is then forwarded to the Board of Commissioners.

 Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
In order for the new Master Plan to take effect, the BCC must adopt it by ordinance. The required process to adopt an ordinance is in the Charter for Lane County , Chapter III, Section 18. The Home Charter may be viewed from the main county web site. Find the link for Lane Code on the left side of the web site, The Home Rule Charter is the first chapter in Lane Code. The BCC will be briefed on the draft plan, process, and record including the results of the PAC and LCPC public hearing and work sessions. Copies of the project record and all written comments will be available to the BCC and to the public. Staff will also summarize all comments in a spreadsheet and state in writing how the comments were handled in development of the draft plan.  Any changes that were made to the draft based upon recommendations from the PAC and LCPC will be highlighted in a memo.

In order to adopt the new Master Plan, the BCC must hold its own public hearing. After closing the public hearing and the public record, the BCC will decide whether to adopt the new Master Plan.  The BCC can make changes to the Plan or adopt it as written.  After any changes are made, the BCC will take action to adopt it.  The new Plan will replace the existing 1980 Plan and will become a part of the Lane County Comprehensive Plan.

Finally, the new Master Plan is forwarded to the state Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). The DLCD will provide notice to the public that the plan was adopted by the County.  As long as the state "acknowledges" the Plan, it remains an official part of the County Comprehensive Plan.

Notice of all hearings will be placed on this webpage, and in the Legal Notices section of the Eugene Register-Guard and the Siuslaw News.  A press release will also be issued.




Call (541) 682-2002 or send a note to the email address above.

Thank you for your interest.

Last updated August 29, 2014

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