JOINT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS/

LANE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

November 9, 2004

5:30 p.m.

Commissioners' Conference Room

APPROVED 12/1/04

 

Board of Commissioners Present: Bobby Green, Sr., Don Hampton, Anna Morrison and Peter Sorenson.  Bill Dwyer was excused. Melissa Zimmer, Recording Secretary.

 

Planning Commission Members Present: Steve Dignam, Juanita Kirkham, Marion Esty, Jackie Betz, Ed Becker and Jim Carmichael. Mark Herbert was excused.

 

1. WORK SESSION/Region 2050 Project:  “Sustaining Quality of Life in the Southern Willamette Valley.”

 

a. The Seven Regional Goals and Objectives that Guide the Region 2050

 

Hampton reported that this presentation was given to participating agencies, the Region 2050 Policy Board and the Regional Technical Advisory Committee.  He said this planning started in 1999. 

 

Carol Heinkel, LCOG, explained that the primary purpose of the presentation is to inform people about alternative growth scenarios.  She noted that in the Southern Willamette Valley, each of the ten cities and the Board of Commissioners adopted and endorsed the concept.  She added it contains 1,000 square miles of the metro area, eight small cities and 15 rural unincorporated areas.  She stated there was strong participation from all levels of government, including meetings five times per year that were staffed by management and planning staff from each local government.  She noted that Lane County provides work in-kind.

 

Heinkel said they are working on alternative growth scenarios. She said they would be taking those scenarios to the public in the spring. She said there would be media outreach in newspapers with a survey.  She noted these results would be used for the development of a preferred growth scenario, goals, objections and actions to improve and sustain the quality of life in the region over the next 50 years with future growth management strategies. She noted they have been researching regional planning efforts across the country.  She stated the Policy Board decided this to be a sustainable effort and focus on the quality of life.

 

Heinkel reported that according to scientific projections, the region would grow to about 463,000 in the next 50 years.  She noted that would be a 55% increase in population.  She stated that would include 85,000 more jobs over the next 50 years.  She noted they have funding from the state to develop a regional transportation impact analysis model and they are applying it to these scenarios so they could determine the cost of the impacts of different growth forms.

 

b. The Three Draft Future Growth Scenarios for the Region:

 

Compact Growth Scenario – Metro Area Expands UGB to Include Goshen, Pleasant Hill and Alvadore

 

Satellite Communities Scenario – Growth Occurs in Small Cities Outside Eugene/Springfield Metro Area by Expanding Their UGB’s 

 

Rural Growth Scenario – Rural Lane County Is Developed at a Density of 2-acre Lots Throughout Lane County

 

Heinkel gave a presentation of the future growth scenarios for the region.  (Copy in file).

 

Sorenson asked which scenario would fit with the results of Measure 37.

 

Heinkel responded they hadn’t done the analysis yet.  She stated that once all of the jurisdictions have a process in place for how they will deal with it, they would have to review that to develop the preferred growth scenario. She said they could do an analysis to get a rough estimate of the impact.

 

Heinkel noted the next step is to complete the evaluations and they are hoping to have them completed by next February together with the public input and then they will develop a preferred growth scenario.  She added they would be seeking agreement from all of the participants on the regional growth management strategy.  She said what they hope to do is to answer how they can create and sustain the legacy of livability.

 

Morrison presented questions that she requested be answered in writing.  (Copy in file)  She had reservations around the whole Region 2050 project and where it was leading.

 

Hampton noted there had been discussion at the Policy Board as to whether this is prescriptive or descriptive.  He said they are still in the descriptive mode.  He commented that each entity have its own voice.  He said the objective is to get consensus.

 

Kirkham asked if there was a target date for implementation.

 

Heinkel responded the transportation modeling would be done in the next year and a half.  She stated the grant timeline enables them to not only do the modeling for the scenarios, but they could also develop the list of projects they would need to serve the preferred growth scenario.  She added having that much information extends the timeline.  She noted it was requested by the Policy Board and the participants that the timeline should be adjusted to provide the additional information.  She said they were looking at a preferred growth scenario for 2006.

 

Dignam asked what the next steps would be.

 

Heinkel indicated that each of the cities would agree that this is the level of population they would serve for the next 50 years and they would set their urban growth boundaries and urban reserves accordingly and there would be a timetable for urban growth boundary expansion.

 

c. The Public Outreach Plan Proposed by the Policy Board

 

Hampton thought the 50-year plan was too long a period of time.  He thought some planning was better than no planning for the smaller cities to give them an idea of what their city might be like.  He noted that Veneta, Coburg and Creswell had tried to identify what type of city they want to be.  He commented that people in unincorporated areas have been underrepresented.

 

Heinkel noted they have funding from the state to do public outreach.  She said they are looking for additional funding for the rural outreach because they consider the rural outreach to be important.

 

Green suggested having youth representation in the effort for public outreach.

 

Morrison commented that the schools were not included in 1999; they came to the table the past year and a half.  She stated in rural areas without a school the communities dry up.  She added there was no business representation.  She said there was a presentation that was given to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce and they asked questions at the presentation.  She asked if they had been answered.

 

Heinkel said the questions were responded to.  Morrison requested a copy.

 

Heinkel noted they had met with all of the major employers in the region.  She said they want to engage the business community.

 

Esty thought people were more concerned about the immediate future and transportation would be one of the top concerns.

 

Sorenson asked if there was an underrepresentation of the Eugene Springfield portion of this plan.

 

Heinkel said when they did the base case scenario they did public outreach and the response from the Eugene residents was overwhelming.  She said they are going to be inserting a four-page color insert in the newspapers of the region.  She thought there would be a high level of participation in the process from Eugene.

 

Green supported the vision.  He hoped that this is realistic.  He wanted it kept simple.

 

Hampton wanted a document that was useful, not one that is completed and shoved on a shelf.  He wanted to make sure that youth are involved.

 

Sorenson asked how the Board of Commissioners could help to advance their work.

 

Heinkel noted that the help with funding was important.  She stated that Lane County’s participation in the process was critical.

 

Betz asked what the cost was to do this project.

 

Heinkel responded the cost has been $800,000 so far.

 

Heinkel explained that each jurisdiction would implement this through their own comprehensive plan through IGA’s, codes and facility planning.  She said once they get to the point of having a regional growth management strategy, there will be critical information for planning purposes for all of the participants.

 

Green discussed the planning commission interviews.  He said they would try to get it to the Board during the first week of December.

 

There being no further business, this meeting adjourned 6:45 p.m.

 

 

Melissa Zimmer

Recording Secretary