The Eugene City Council discussed annexing land, particularly the Santa Clara and River Road neighborhoods into Eugene city limits Wednesday.
In the River Road neighborhood, residents are concerned that switching property from county over to city land could mean losing services like the park district.
The Eugene City Council discussed all of the upsides and downsides of annexing the Santa Clara and River Road neighborhoods into the city of Eugene.
Maps of both neighborhoods show there’s already discrepancy between what land is county and what land is city, as the two types of properties are spread throughout the neighborhoods. Some residents say they want to be more involved in the process.
“The planning that goes on is more in the control of the city than as a Lane County resident I don’t really have very much to say about it,” said River Road resident Beverly Barr.
This is nothing new. Annexation talks between the cities and these neighborhoods have been going on for decades.
There’s been some hostility in the past between county and city residents over the annexation. But some community members say a decision needs to be made now instead of waiting another 20 years to decide what to do with the land.