Downtown Planning 2019-02-07T08:56:56+00:00

Downtown Planning

In 2007, Springfield voters approved a Downtown Urban Renewal District. Since then, Springfield staff has been leading a community planning process to develop plans and policies which will promote and sustain a vibrant Downtown Mixed-Use district with:

  • successful retail blocks,
  • inviting pedestrian-friendly streets,
  • downtown housing,
  • an enhanced civic center and public spaces,
  • cultural destinations, and
  • connections to Island Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The City Council directed staff to prepare Downtown District Design Standards to ensure that new redevelopment projects and public streetscape improvements will make positive contributions to improve the look, feel and functionality of Downtown. Currently, the City is conducting a process to review, refine, update and reformat the design standards in the Springfield Development Code, Engineering Design Standards Manual and Municipal Code. The new design standards are intended to improve Downtown’s overall image, attractiveness and economic vitality, and to address compatibility between new mixed-use development and Downtown’s existing historic buildings and blocks. The revised standards will be presented in a simplified, user-friendly format to clearly communicate flexible options for new development to achieve the intended outcomes.

Everyone is invited to participate in this process, by attending open house events, by submitting comments and concerns to City staff via this website, by attending a Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting, and by attending future public hearings. Please join the email list to be kept informed about next steps in the process.

Project News and Updates

Proposed Downtown Design Standards Code Changes

Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda, Minutes, Documents
June 28, 2018 Agenda, Meeting Audio
April 11, 2018 Agenda, Meeting Audio
March 22, 2018 Agenda, Presentation
March 1, 2018 Agenda, Presentation, Meeting Audio
November 9, 2017 Agenda, Draft Downtown Sign Code Amendments, Meeting Audio
June 22, 2017 Agenda, Meeting Audio
May 25, 2017 Agenda, Existing Sign Code, Meeting Audio
April 27, 2017 Agenda, Memo to CAC, Meeting Audio
April 28, 2016 Agenda, Meeting Audio, Draft 2 Streetscape Standards, Draft 2 Development Standards
October 22, 2015 Agenda, Cover Memo, Draft Streetscape Standards, Draft Development Standards, Meeting Audio
August 27, 2015 Agenda, Meeting Audio
June 25, 2015 Agenda, Meeting Audio
October 1, 2014 Agenda, Meeting Audio
December 11, 2014 Agenda

To submit comments on the Downtown Planning project, click here.

Contact Information
Sandy Belson, AIC Community Development Division Manager
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