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!.

RRCO April 10 meeting is HYBRID – Zoom and LIVE !

Check out our April E-Newsletter Linked below!

Community Meeting April 10 at 7
Hybrid meeting-  In person at 1055 River Rd. or on ZOOM 

Meeting ID: 846 6248 8247 Passcode: RRCO-Gen

Elections: City Council 4J School Board and Levies.

At the March 10th RRCO General Meeting we will cover the Eugene Ward 7 candidates, 4J School Board candidates, Lane County Public Safety Levy and Eugene Parks Levy in that order.  We will give each of the participating candidates up to three minutes to speak about themself and their candidacy followed by Q&A with each of the candidates. A spokesperson for the county public safety levy has been invited and the Healing Not Handcuffs coalition will offer an alternate perspective.
The audience will be invited to write their questions for the candidates on cards and in the chat.  These will be collected and vetted by a two neutral board members and asked by that team. Candidates will have up to one minute to respond to each question.
As usual, we expect everyone to be neighborly and courteous to our guests and to the agenda.

Here is the outline of our General Meeting:

  • The participating candidates for Ward 7 City Council will randomly take turns speaking for up to three minutes about themselves and their candidacy. Then the candidates will have up to one minute to respond to each questions from the audience.
  • The same process will be followed by up to three minutes each for the participating candidates for 4J School Board positions.
  • We then will have a proponent and opponent of the County Public Safety Levy each spend up to 3 minutes to discuss their position on the levy
  • Finally we have asked a Lane County League of Women Voters to give us a non-partisan explanation of the Eugene Parks levy.

Filbert Grove Work Party

Saturday March 4, 10 am – 12 noon

Meet on the Willamette Greenway at the end of McClure at the Filbert Grove

We expect to HAVE FUN.

Dig and remove English Ivy. BUILD COMMUNITY.

Prune Filbert Trees. EXERCISE.

Clear vegetation around Filbert Trees.


Filbert / Hazelnut Grove work in 2021

Biking is encouraged with bike parking on site.

If driving, park on Stults and walk north on bike path 200 meters.

Wear sturdy shoes, bring water to drink. Dress for the Weather.

The City of Eugene will provide gloves and tools

(feel free to bring your own as well).

River Road Community Organization Board Member, Jan Spencer, is coordinating with the City of Eugene to continue support of this Hazelnut/ Filbert Grove and the land surrounding it. For more info: