Comprehensive Planning

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.

Residential Land Use and Housing Element (Adopted 2011, Ordinance 6268).

Current Transportation System Plan  – Adopted 2014
The City of Springfield adopted the Springfield Transportation Plan in July 2014.  The 20-year plan looks at how the transportation system is currently being used and identifies the community’s multi-modal transportation system vision in order to serve the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors into the future.

The City is implementing policies in the 2035 Transportation System Plan by adopting a
package of Development Code Amendments.  Click Here for more on that project.

Springfield Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Expansion
On December 5 and 6, 2016, Springfield and Lane County co-adopted ordinances to expand Springfield’s urban growth boundary (UGB), and to change Economic and Urbanization land use policies and zoning to establish a 20-year supply of land for job creation.  The urban growth boundary expansion and land use policies and zoning changes did not become final until acknowledged by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development in 2019.

Springfield Ordinance 6361 Adopted December 5, 2016
Exhibit A – UGB, Metro Plan Diagram and Springfield Zoning Map amendments
Exhibit B – Economic elements and Technical Supplement(CIBL/EOA Final Report)
Exhibit C – Urbanization Element and Technical Supplement
Exhibit D – Metro Plan text amendments
Exhibit E – Springfield Development Code amendments: AG Zoning District
Exhibit F, F-1 Staff Report and Final Findings

Downtown Design Standards and Main Street Corridor
Updates to Downtown Design Standards  and the Main Street Corridor are also underway.

Springfield Development Code Update Project
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 sbelson@springfield-or.gov.  Call 541.726.3753 to speak with the Planner on duty for questions about specific development projects. Offices are located within City Hall at 225 Fifth Street.