The City of Springfield is accepting applications from Springfield community members to serve on the Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee for the Economic Development (commercial and Industrial development) phase of the project; applications will be accepted until June 10, 2019. The City is seeking applications to fill volunteer positions representing a variety of economic development (commercial and industrial) categories. The Springfield Planning Commission will appoint members to the technical advisory committee at an upcoming meeting.

Members will be appointed to serve over the next 10 to 12 months. Tentatively, there will be 8 to 10 meetings during that time and could be scheduled during the work day, in the evenings or both.

The primary purpose for the committee is to provide the project technical advice and input on the Development Code Update Project related to Economic Development (commercial and industrial). The committee plays an advisory role and produces recommendations for the project team, the Springfield Planning Commission, the Development Code Update Project Governance Team, and the Springfield City Council.

Committee members will be responsible for attending meetings, reviewing materials, providing insight on community concerns or issues, and sharing information with other community members and bringing viewpoints back to the group.

What: Applications being accepted for Springfield’s Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee for the Economic Development phase of the project

Who: Springfield community members with Economic Development (commercial or industrial development) related backgrounds; a list of categories is available in the application packet

When: Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2019 at the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield

Where: Applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield or at http://www.springfield-or.gov/city/city-managers-office/boards-commissions-and-committees/

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 hometown feel now and in the future.

Background: 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 Springfield City Council recognizes that the Development Code is difficult to use, understand, and implement. Resolving the complexities and outdated nature of the Development 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 the next three years.

The Development Code Update Project includes three phases:

  1. Housing
  2. Economic Development
  3. Other (code changes not considered in phase 1 or 2)

With each phase, the City will seek new committee members for the technical advisory committee to provide technical advice and input.

 Additional Information: Mark Rust, Project Manager, at 541.726.3654 or mrust@springfield-or.gov