Lane County is working with city of Eugene in unprecedented ways to coordinate city hall, courthouse placement. by Pat Farr

Monday, October 17th, 2016
City of Eugene and Lane County public information officers Jan Bohman and Devon Ashbridge coordinate messaging and outreach to inform Lane County residents about the facilities placement process

City of Eugene and Lane County public information officers Jan Bohman and Devon Ashbridge coordinate messaging and outreach to inform Lane County residents about the facilities placement process

Lane County, Lane County Circuit Court and the city of Eugene have appointed a task force to work through the options and details of placement of the new County Courthouse, Eugene City Hall and a permanent year-round farmers’ market.

The multi-jurisdictional group, called the Coordinated Downtown Development Task Force has met four times and coordinated a joint meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Eugene City Council and court officials.  We will continue with an aggressive schedule of meetings, both of the task force and Joint Elected Officials between the current November 14 deadline for recommendations to the elected bodies.

The task force consists of Lane County Commission officers Faye Stewart and me; Eugene City Council members Mayor Kitty Piercy, George Poling and Chris Pryor and Lane County Circuit Court presiding judge Karsten Rasmussen.  Both county administrator Steve Mokrohisky and Eugene city manager Jon Ruiz are participating along with key staff members, who are conducting the research and compiling presentations for the elected officials.

The work is fast-paced and on target.  It is being coordinated and facilitated by four-star local architectural firm Cameron McCarthy, led by Larry Gilbert.

Brian Criner, Lane County administrator Steve Mokrohisky, Liz Rambo and city councilor George Poling during a task force presentation on October 14

Brian Criner, Lane County administrator Steve Mokrohisky, Liz Rambo and city councilor George Poling during a task force presentation on October 14

Two meetings during the week of October 17 will offer opportunities to learn more about the City and County’s collaborative exploration of opportunities to site City Hall, the County Courthouse and the Farmers Market in ways that support vitality and growth downtown and make efficient use of public resources.
 
There are two opportunities to receive an update and provide comment next week:
 
Public Open House: On Tuesday, October 18, a public open house will present information on the facilities and sites under discussion and will seek comment from attendees. City and County staff as well as representatives of the professional facilitator, Cameron McCarthy, will be present to provide information and answer questions. The open house is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the lobby of the Atrium Building (99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene).
 
Joint Elected Officials Meeting: On Wednesday, October 19, the County-City Joint Elected Officials (full Lane County Board of Commissioners and Eugene City Council) will meet at 12:00 p.m. to hear an update regarding program requirements of the three main facilities, including square footage, parking and other factors; a set of prerequisites and considerations by which the development models may be reviewed; and preliminary options for possible development models. The meeting will be held in Harris Hall (125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene).
 
Community members can also visit www.downtownplanning.org to complete a brief survey and provide comment, as well as see a full list of future meetings.
 
In addition to opportunities for the public to engage in the process, the task force is reaching out to nearby businesses, property owners and partner organizations, as well as other stakeholders.
 
The task force will provide information to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners on November 14 regarding potential collaborative concepts that could deliver greater benefit to the community than the current plans each government has for its individual projects.

 

 

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