Springfield Development Code Update Project

The Springfield City Council recognizes that the Development Code is difficult to use, understand, and implement. Resolving the complexities and outdated nature of the code will help achieve the economic and housing goals for our community. The Council has directed staff to complete a full Development Code Update over approximately three years, from 2019 to 2022.

Project Purpose
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.

  • Enable quick review of development applications.

  • Provide easy to understand code language presented in a clear and user-friendly format.

  • Provide a straight-forward processing path to development decisions.

  • Support/further economic development in all sectors.

  • Protect and enhance the beauty of our city to boost or stabilize property values, encourage investment, and improve the image of the community.

  • Comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

  • Implement the City’s adopted policies.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 3:00 to 5:00 pm on April 8, 2019 in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • City Council – Work Session  at 6:00 pm on June 24, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.
  • Planning Commission – 6:00 pm on July 2, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.

Previously Held Meetings

  • Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 3:00 to 5:00 pm on March 11, 2019 in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • City Council – Work Session  at 6:00 pm on March 18, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.
  • Planning Commission – 6:00 pm on March 19, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.
  • Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 7:00 pm on February 5, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • Technical Advisory Committee – 3:00 to 5:00 pm on January 28, 2019 in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • Technical Advisory Committee – 3:00 to 5:00 pm on January 23, 2019 in the Emergency Operations Center located in the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street. View agenda packet.
  • Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 7:00 pm on January 15, 2019 in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – December 18, 2018 – Reviewed applications and appointed first round of membership to the Technical Advisory Committee; Reviewed and approved the second draft of the Community Engagement Plan for the project. View agenda packet. View approved Community Engagement Plan.
  • Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – November 20, 2018 – Reviewed Community Engagement Plan for Development Code Update Project. View agenda packet.

Project Kickoff
The project was initiated by the City Council in the Fall of 2018. Meeting materials from the initial kickoff meetings are linked below.

Technical Advisory Committee
The Springfield Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) approved members of a Technical Advisory Committee for the Development Code Update project. View membership list here.

Interested Parties
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Previously Sent E-Updates
November_29_2018

Project Resources
Community Engagement Plan

Current Development Code
The Springfield Development Code is the principle document that implements local, state, and federal land use, transportation, and environmental laws applicable in the City of Springfield. The current Development Code was adopted in 1987. Other than a general “housekeeping” update (1998-2005) the Code has been revised only to comply with state or federal laws, or as directed by Council in response to a specific issue or objective.

The current Development Code can be found here.

Work Tasks and Timeline – Click the photo below to download.

Click to download Development Code Update Project Schedule

Project Manager
Mark Rust, AICP
Senior Planner
mrust@springfield-or.gov
541.726.3654

Para Español
Molly Markarian, Senior Planner
mmarkarian@springfield-or.gov
541.726.4611