Springfield Development Code Update Project

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 that occurred from 1998 to 2005, the Code has been revised only to comply with state or federal laws, or as directed by the City Council in response to a specific issue or objective. The Springfield City Council recognizes that the Springfield 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 Resolving the complexities and outdated nature of the code will help achieve the economic and housing goals for our community.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.

Focus Areas

Phase 1

November 2018 – December 2020

Phase 2

July 2019 – June 2020

Phase 3

July 2020 – June 2021

  • Residential
  • Multi-family housing
  • Infill standards
  • Other housing types
  • Commercial development
  • Industrial development
  • Employment lands
  • Other code sections
  • Process
  • Non-conforming development

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When complete, the updated Development Code should:

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  • 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.

Project News

Open Until Filled

We are currently accepting applications from Springfield community members to serve on the Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Economic Development (commercial and Industrial development) phase of the project; applications will be accepted until enough are received to adequately form the TAC for phase 2 of the project. If you are interested in applying click here for more information and the application.

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 16, 2019 – Governance Committee Meeting – 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. in the Jesse Main Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.  Meeting materials will be posted when available.
  • December 2, 2019 – City Council Work Session – 5:30 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. Quarterly check in on project status. Meeting materials will be posted when available.
  • December 3, 2019 – Planning Commission Work Meeting – 7:00 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. Quarterly check in on project status. Meeting materials will be posted when available.
  • March 9, 2020 – City Council Work Session – 5:30 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. Quarterly check in on project status. Meeting materials will be posted when available.

Previously Held Meetings

  • October 1, 2019 – Planning Commission Work Meeting – 7:00 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. Quarterly check in on project status. View meeting materials here.
  • September 23, 2019 – City Council Work Session – 5:30 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. Quarterly check in on project status and legislative update. View agenda item packet here.
  • September 12, 2019 – Governance Committee Meeting – 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. in the Conference Rooms 615/616 in the Development and Public Works offices at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.  View meeting materials here.
  • August 16, 2019 – Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • August 1, 2019 – Governance Committee – 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • July 2, 2019 – Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 6:00 pm on in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View Agenda
  • July 2, 2019 – Planning Commission – 6:30 pm on in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View Agenda Packet
  • June 24, 2019 – City Council – Work Session  at 6:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. The Final Housing Code Audit Report will be presented. View the entire Project Status Report here.
  • May 20, 2019 – Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • April 8, 2019 – Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • March 19, 2019 – Planning Commission – 6:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.
  • March 18, 2019 – City Council – Work Session  at 6:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street.
  • March 11, 2019 – Community Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for Housing – 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • March 5, 2019 – Governance Committee – 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • February 5, 2019 – Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 7:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • January 28, 2019 – Technical Advisory Committee – 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • January 23, 2019 – Technical Advisory Committee – 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Emergency Operations Center located in the Springfield Justice Center at 230 4th Street. View agenda packet.
  • January 15, 2019 – Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 7:00 pm in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street. View agenda packet.
  • December 18, 2018 – Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 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.
  • November 20, 2018 – Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) – 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
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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