Sunday, November 29, 2009

Walnut Station Mixed Use Center

The City of Eugene, in cooperation with the University of Oregon and the State of Oregon, is nearing completion of its draft plan for the “Walnut Station” mixed-use center. Walnut Station is the name of an EmX transit stop located in the vicinity of the university’s Matthew Knight Arena, now under construction. It is also an area congruent with much of the Franklin Boulevard corridor that was a focus of AIA-Southwestern Oregon’s highly successful 2007 AIA150 Blueprint for America: Bridging Communities workshops.

The City invites everyone to attend a public open house to see the draft plan and provide feedback. Here are the meeting details:

Date: December 10, 2009
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM (presentation at 6 PM)
Location: Eugene Public Library, Bascom/Tykeson Room

The open house will be of particular interest to members of AIA-SWO because the City has asked our chapter to evaluate its proposed form-based code for Walnut Station. The City’s objective is to define an ideal urban form that reflects our community’s vision for a vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood. At the same time, the City recognizes that the form-based code must respect property owners’ development rights and help them realize the area’s development potential.

AIA-SWO’s strategy is to conduct a design charrette that will task participants with challenging the limits of the form-based code. The goal will be to provide useful feedback as the City moves forward with rolling out the Walnut Station development plan. Look for more details about the Walnut Station charrette from AIA-SWO early in 2010.

Can’t make the open house? Presentation and comment forms will be available at

For more information please contact Lydia McKinney at or by phone at (541) 682-5485.

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