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Council Discusses Santa Clara Annexation

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene may be expanding and putting an end to a decades long debate.

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.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    You can forget about Santa Clara becoming part of commie city of Eugene. The only reason you want Santa Clara is for the money, will go to hell.

    I don’t want to be involved with anything the city of Eugene wants to do. Keep out of our area.

    1. jason marks says:

      I don’t want annexation either. No one allowed me or even informed me of ANY say in the MASSIVE jump in my property taxes.

      It is just a money grab with no representation.

  2. Paul says:

    Have to agree….the city is focused on money..look at the city Fee..well we don’t want it or need it..the City has been picking away at this area for years..if you want to build something here, then you have to get a city permit and let your property be annexed. I guess it is time to dig our our No Annexation signs again.

  3. Ferlander says:

    The first time I saw the checkerboard of shame that is the city boundary on river road I didn’t get it, and still really don’t. No reasonable person could look at a map of Eugene and not assume that the people who live in that area benefit from city services and should therefore voice their disagreements with city fees as citizens of that city, rather than as outsiders. If anyone knows more about the history of how this came to be, I’m interested.

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