August 14 RRCO General Meeting at 7 PM

1055 River Rd. or Online 
Meeting ID: 873 4860 5633 Passcode: 1055RRCO

At our annual check in with elected officials we are focusing on the City council and EWEB so there is time for deeper discussion.

Lyndsie Leech will fill us in on the pressing issues she is dealing with on City Council including new rules for homeless camping, potential funding of a baseball stadium, new state land use mandates and the issues that you bring to the discussion.

Sonya Carlson, our EWEB Commissioner  and the Chair of the EWEB Board, along with a staff member will share their strategic planning for maintaining sufficient electricity and water in a changing environment of demand and supply.  Hint: there will be significant changes are coming and your utility bill will likely be higher. Also, Mike Gerot, Chair of the River Road Water District, will explain how they ensure that unannexed residents receive Fire/EMS, water, and street light services.We realize that our recent hybrid meetings haven’t been optimal for those who join us via Zoom so we continue to try to fix our audio problems.  Fingers crossed that we will be better heard this month but if you want to ensure you hear from Lyndsie, Sonya, and Mike come join us in person at the RR Park Annex at 1055 River Road..

Welcoming River Road Renters

River Road Community Organization Board is reaching out to renters who live in the River Road area.  We are teaming up to canvas and invite  Renters to the Sept. 9 River Celebration and invite them to our monthly RRCO General Meetings, the second Monday of each month at 7 pm. 

Canvasing will be

Thurs Aug 24, from 6-8

Sat Aug 26 from  4-6

Thurs Aug 31 from 6-8

Sat Sept 2 from 4-6

Please use this sign up link to help us reach out:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is asking for your public input about the proposed rules for the Fuel Tank Storage facilities located in Eugene that store over 2 million gallons of fuel.

Fuel tank farms provide gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to people in Oregon. However, many tanks in Oregon may be vulnerable to earthquakes, which means they present a risk to the local communities and the environment.  

Under the rules created in this process, facilities will develop plans that include actions to protect public health, life safety, and environmental safety within the facility, in areas adjacent to the facility and in other areas that may be affected as a result of damages to the facility. The plans must consider the impacts of a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, the potential consequences of that event and the resources needed to respond.  

DEQ will accept comments by email, postal mail or verbally at the public hearings. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking.

The virtual public comment hearings will be held on 3 dates, see below email for full details and to register.

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2023 
  • 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2023 
  • 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Thank you,

Charlsey Cartwright and Joel Robe

HERE are the details from the DEQ

DEQ Rulemaking – Fuel Tank Seismic Stability  DEQ is Asking for Public Comment on the Proposed Rules


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is in the process of creating rules to implement the fuel tanks seismic stability requirements enacted in Senate Bill 1567. The bill requires operators of large capacity fuel handling facilities to assess their facility’s ability to withstand a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake event and propose mitigation to minimize risk.

Public comment

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on the proposed rules More information on this rulemaking, including the draft rules, can be found on the Fuel Tank Seismic Stability webpage.

How to comment: DEQ will accept comments by email, postal mail or verbally at the public hearing. Anyone can submit comments and questions about this rulemaking.

  • Email: Send comments by email to 
  • Postal mail: Oregon DEQ, Attn: Fuel Tank Seismic Stability Team, 700 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97232-4100 
  • At a public hearing (see below):
  •  7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2023 
  •  2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2023 
  •  12 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, 2023 

DEQ will only consider comments on the proposed rules that DEQ receives by 4 p.m., on June 21, 2023.

Rulemaking Hearing: DEQ will hold three public hearings, with registration details below:

Hearing 1 
June 15, 2023, 7 p.m. PT 
Register via Zoom 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Hearing 2 
June 17, 2023, 2 p.m. PT 
Register via Zoom

Hearing 3 
June 20, 2023, 12 p.m. PT 
Register via Zoom

Note for public university students: 

ORS 192.345(29) allows Oregon public university and OHSU students to protect their university email addresses from disclosure under Oregon’s public records law. If you are an Oregon public university or OHSU student, notify DEQ that you wish to keep your email address confidential.

Additional Information

To view copies of the notice documents, learn more about this rulemaking, and how to submit comments, you can view the rulemaking web page at: Fuel Tank Seismic Stability webpage.

If you want to receive future email notices about this rulemaking, you must sign up at: Fuel Tank Seismic Stability GovDelivery

You can also obtain more information about this rulemaking by contacting:

Svetlana Lazarev

Here is a link Videos for staying up to date on our local Emergency Preparedness.

RRCO & SCCO together Thurs. May 25 at North Eugene

River Road and Santa Clara Community Organizations are joining together (in person) at North Eugene High School (200 Silver Lane) on May 25th for a Community Meeting from 5:30 to 7:30.

The format will be similar to the 5/8 RRCO meeting. Help us plan  by RSVPing here)!–Community-Event-on-the-RRSC-Neighborhood-Plan.html?soid=1123418754250&aid=GzFanpSmuT8

There’s still time to engage and share your input on the Draft River Road-Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan! We are looking for your feedback on how well the Neighborhood Plan captures your community vision and priorities. The documents proposed for adoption or approval by the City Council and Board of Commissioners include:

Your voice is needed for our Neighborhood Plan

The exemplary public involvement that started our River Road/Santa Clara Neighborhood Plan unfortunately ground to a halt with the arrival of the Covid Pandemic. None the less, City and County Staff have continued to work with the River Road/Santa Clara Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to refine the draft plan all along. 

Now it is time to get your feedback on the proposal. City Staff and Committee Members have agreed to use a Plan Toolkit to guide group and individual information and get feedback through a Community Feedback Form. You can utilize them on your own, but we are providing several opportunities for folks to gather in person or by Zoom to utilize these tools and learn about the current proposal and how to provide feedback.
1) RRCO general meeting May 8 In Person
2) ZOOM sessions May 17 and 18 combined with online tools (see links below)
3) RRCO/SCCO combined community meeting May 25th 5:30 to 7:30 at North Eugene High School.

The current process is that you have these opportunities to review and comment on the draft plan The RRCO and SCCO boards will utilize your feedback to make recommendations to the CAC.  The CAC will submit their recommendation to the Eugene and Lane County Planning Commission and then on to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Commission. 

Though some issues remain unresolved, such as managing parking (see parking article below) the three groups have agreed to submit the Draft Plan to the Community for your feedback. The most significant change is the City’s Planning Staff proposal to replace the Special Area Zone for the River Road Corridor and Willamette Greenway with zoning changes such as lowering the maximum allowed height of the majority of commercially zoned properties from 120 ft. to 60 ft. 

While we worked on the plan,  the State passed HB 2001 (Middle Housing) and is in the process of implementing Climate Friendly and Equitable Community Standards. These significantly changed how land use is implemented throughout the State including our ability to implement our original vision for our Neighborhoods.  

The first opportunity for River Road residents is to attend the May 8th General Meeting (7-8:30 PM) at the River Road Annex (155 River Road).  We will have an information session and then break out into tables for each topic areas with Community Advisory Committee members and Staff to review the plan and action items and to answer your questions.  You will have an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and use the feedback form to share your thoughts. 

Unfortunately this format will not allow us to also have a Zoom Session this month but we will be back to hybrid meetings in June. To serve neighbors who prefer to meet by Zoom there will be two Zoom Virtual Information sessions: May 17 at 8 PM and May 18 from 12 to 1 PM. You must register to attend these meetings and to get zoom information by clicking on your preferred date.

And we are excited to return to North Eugene High School (200 Silver Lane) on May 25th for a Community Meeting from 5:30 to 7:30. The format will be similar to the 5/8 RRCO meeting.Help us plan  by RSVPing here)!  

More detailed information on the Draft Plan and all the meetings mentioned above can be found here:

Kids Fishing Derby & Community Breakfast

Ages 2-7 on Saturday May 6, 8-11 am!

Come on over to River Road Rec Center and Emerald  Park wading pool for the 36th annual children’s’ fishing derby.  Open to children 2 through 7 (accompanied by an adult.) Bring your own bait and tackle and try your luck.  The wading pool will be  fully stocked with rainbow trout.  Take a break and come on in and enjoy our community breakfast! We’ll be serving eggs, ham, pancakes, fruit and juice!
Thank you to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife for givng us the fish!.