Comprehensive Planning coordinates Springfield’s local community planning and development activity within Oregon’s statewide planning framework to ensure the highest possible level of livability. Oregon law requires all cities to adopt Comprehensive Plans and to coordinate their public actions to be consistent with the adopted plan. Plans are based on 20-year population projections and must comply with a set of Statewide Planning Goals intended to guide the use of land to:
- Provide a healthy environment
- Sustain a prosperous economy
- Ensure a desirable quality of life
- Equitably allocate the benefits and burdens of land use planning
The comprehensive plan contains plan maps and policies to guide land use, infrastructure and transportation development thorough the city, coordinated with regional plans, and Oregon law. In response to 2007 Oregon legislative action, Springfield is transitioning from relying solely on the regional comprehensive plan — the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan) — to a city-specific Springfield Comprehensive Plan. Plan designation maps show locations where residential, commercial, industrial, parks, and other land uses have been designated to meet 20-year land needs. Springfield’s plan designation maps are:
Springfield has developed Springfield 2030 Comprehensive Plan policies that will guide growth and development for the City of Springfield through the 2010-2030 planning period. Updates to the Downtown Refinement Plan and the Main Street Corridor are also underway. The City is also developing an affordable housing strategy, with an emphasis on encouraging accessory dwelling units (ADUs); learn more about ADU’s here.
The City has launched the Springfield Development Code Update Project to modernize our land use regulations and make the Development Code easier to use and understand. The purpose of the Development Code Update project is to change the Springfield Development Code to support efficient, timely, and clear development review. The updated Development Code will support Springfield’s economic development priorities and will honor Springfield’s home town feel now and in the future.
If you have questions or an idea regarding Springfield’s Comprehensive Planning, please contact Sandy Belson, Comprehensive Planning Manager at 541.736.7135 or email her at email@example.com. Call 541.726.3753 to speak with the Planner on duty. Offices are located within City Hall at 225 Fifth Street.