Boards, Commissions & Committees

  • When possible, Council will not appoint people currently serving on another governing body to the Planning Commission or Budget Committee.
  • When appointing people to any of the other City boards, commissions or committees, the Council shall take into account whether that person is being reappointed for a subsequent term, is currently serving on another governing body or currently appointed to another City board, commission or committee.
  • When possible, the Council will appoint people to serve on one City board, commission or committee only.

Current Openings

The deadline to submit your application for any of the Boards, Committees, and Commissions is 5 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020. Due to current COVID precautions, we ask that you complete and submit your application electronically if possible or contact the staff liaison listed for the committee you interested in to make other arrangements.

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Applicants will be interviewed during the month of November by the Springfield City Council during one of the four Work Sessions scheduled. Dates and times to be announced.

Springfield Library Board
The City of Springfield is seeking applications for volunteer positions on the Springfield Library Advisory Board. The Library Advisory Board acts as a citizen sounding board on current library department services including review of policies and procedures. It also participates in the Library’s strategic planning process and future development of services in Springfield including both facilities and funding strategies. Springfield is a diverse community, persons of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

We are seeking a dynamic Springfield residents, or property owner to join the Board in order to help the Library fulfill its mission to provide library services for personal enrichment, enjoyment, and lifelong learning for all Springfield residents.

For more information, contact: Emily David, Library Director, 541.726.2235 or at edavid@springfield-or.gov

Springfield Museum Committee
The Springfield Museum is seeking applicants with strong interest in the history and culture of Springfield to join its Museum advisory committee. The Museum’s mission is to foster an awareness of the history of Springfield, provide a link between our past and present, and promote an appreciation of the diverse communities that call Springfield and rural east Lane County home. The committee is responsible for making recommendations for Museum exhibits and programs, drafting policies and procedures, and assisting with community outreach and publicity. The Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. every third Tuesday in the Springfield Museum.

Requirements: Committee members are required to attend monthly meetings, as well as plan, develop, and assist with Museum projects and activities. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Preference will be given to applicants who live or own a business in Springfield, which includes 97477, 97478, or 97482 zip codes.
For Additional Information: Madeline McGraw, 541.726.3677, mmcgraw@springfield-or.gov or Emily David, 541.726.2235, edavid@springfield-or.gov

Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The City of Springfield is seeking applications from Springfield residents to fill five vacant positions on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The Committee advises City of Springfield staff and City Council on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs, and facilities. The full committee meets approximately six times each year on Tuesday evenings and candidates will be appointed to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2021.

Applicants should have an interest in promoting walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation in Springfield. The City would like to have diverse representation on the committee, including, but not limited to, youth, seniors, people of different races and ethnicities, people with mobility, hearing, sight, or cognitive disabilities, people from all Springfield neighborhoods, and mountain and BMX bicycle riders.
For Additional Information: Emma Newman, Senior Transportation Planner, 541.726.4585 or at enewman@springfield-or.gov

Springfield Police Advisory Committee
The police advisory committee was initially established in 1994 as the Police Planning Task Force to develop a long-range plan for providing police services. A plan was completed and adopted by City Council in April 1996, and updated in 2002 and 2010. To date, much of the long-range plan has been accomplished, most notably the construction and opening of the Springfield Municipal Jail. The committee has continued for the purpose of providing citizen input to the Chief of Police on long range planning, plan implementation strategies and development of police department operational policies and procedures.

The police advisory committee consists of four neighborhood and citizen-at-large representatives, one School District 19 representative, one Willamalane Parks and Recreation District representative, two local business community representatives, one cultural minority representative, and one faith community representative. The committee generally meets on the first Thursday of every other month.

The Springfield Police Advisory Committee is currently seeking an applicant to fill the vacant cultural minority representative position.

For Additional Information: Jessica Crawford at 541.726.3729 or jcrawford@springfield-or.gov .

Historic Commission
The qualifications for membership on the Historic Commission include being appointees of Willamalane Park & Recreation District or Springfield School District #19; or individuals who meet professional qualifications in the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, archeology, or related fields who live within the Metropolitan Area General Plan boundaries; or residents, electors, or property owners within Springfield.

The Springfield Historic Commission is appointed by the City Council and serves to advance the identification, protection, preservation, education, and interpretation of Springfield’s cultural heritage and history. As such, the Commission organizes projects and programs to encourage stewardship of the community’s historic assets. The Commission also reviews development and restoration requests within the Washburne Historic District and for other Springfield historic resources. Historic Commission meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every other month starting at noon in City Hall.

The candidates appointed to these positions are eligible to serve up to two, four-year terms.

For Additional Information: Andrew Larson at 541.736.1003 or at alarson@springfield-or.gov

Springfield Arts Commission
The Springfield Arts Commission is seeking applicants committed to enriching our community through art. Commissioners provide opportunities for artistic creation, exhibits, performances, events, and promote cooperation among local organizations to make art accessible for everyone. Springfield is a diverse community, persons of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.

Commission members are required to attend evening meetings the second Tuesday of the month, September through June, as well as plan, develop, and assist with commission projects and activities. No fewer than seven of the nine members appointed to the Springfield Arts Commission must reside, own property, or own a business in Springfield (97477, 97478, or 97482).There is one non-resident seat available for application. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be registered voters. Arts Commissioners serve “at-large” positions with no ward restrictions and four-year terms. The two terms are due to expired vacancies, current commissioners are eligible to reapply.

For Additional Information: Amy Orre, 541.726.2246, aorre@springfield-or.gov

Springfield Planning Commission
The City of Springfield is accepting applications for two positions on its seven-member Planning Commission. All Commission seats are volunteer, at-large positions with no ward restrictions. Applicants may be residents of the city or may reside between the city limits and the city’s urban growth boundary. No more than two appointed members shall be engaged principally in buying, selling or developing real estate for profit as individuals, or be members of any partnership, or officers or employees of any corporation that is engaged principally in buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit. There is already one Planning Commissioner who is engaged in the sales or development of real estate.

The Planning Commission serves as the City’s Committee for Citizen Involvement, a program intended to support and enhance the opportunities for citizens to understand and become involved with the development and implementation of policies that direct and regulate the use, re-use and development of all land within the City and the City’s urban growth boundary. This responsibility is a requirement of state law and typically includes a public review and approval of the formation of planning advisory committees and strategies used to provide opportunities for citizen participation in planning studies and plan and code revisions.

The Planning Commission reserves the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month for public hearings and work sessions as the need arises. This translates to about 4-6 hours of meetings monthly and approximately an equivalent time spent in preparation for each meeting. Each commissioner is also expected to attend City Council meetings on a rotating basis, and to participate on special committees or other Council appointments as needed. The total monthly commitment may exceed 12 hours.

Regular meetings of the Planning Commission typically begin at 6:00 or 6:30 p.m. with work session items; public hearings are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. commencement. Work sessions are normally conducted in the Jesse Maine Room adjoining the City Council Chambers and regular sessions are held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Commissioners are required to attend these meetings and are responsible for reviewing the agenda material in preparation for performing their duties. Commissioners may be excused from attendance when their presence is required elsewhere; however, two consecutive unexcused absences may result in the vacation of the position.

For Additional Information: Brenda Jones at 541.726.3610 or bjones@springfield-or.gov

City Boards, Commissions & Committees

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering is a good way to get to know us and to serve the community. The City has numerous boards and commissions on which you could serve. For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 541.726.3700, or email cmomail@springfield-or.gov

Arts Commission
The Springfield Arts Commission was created by the Springfield City Council to promote the arts in Springfield.  The commission gives assistance to local artists in the form of grant sponsorship, networking, education, exhibits, and occasionally funding.  The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month (except for July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Contact: Contact: Amy Orre, 541.726.3766.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

The Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was established to provide input on bicycle and pedestrian policies, infrastructure, programs, education, and enforcement. The committee advises the Springfield City Council and City staff on matters relating to pedestrian and bicycle planning.  Contact: Emma Newman, 541.726.4585.

Budget Committee
This statutory committee guides the long-range financial plan and develops the City’s annual budget. This Committee meets once in December/January, then again in April/May. Contact: Nate Bell, 541.726.2364.

Building Board of Appeals
The Building Board of Appeals determines the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction and provides for reasonable interpretations of the Specialty Codes enumerated in Articles 2 through 6 of the Building Safety Codes. The board also listens to variance applications relating to the Springfield Sign Code. Contact: Chris Carpenter, 541.744.4153.

City Council
The Springfield City Council holds regular meetings each first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Work sessions are held on the second and fourth Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Councilors are elected by the residents of Springfield as the local governing body to set policies for the operation of the City of Springfield. The Council has all the authority granted to them by State Law and the City Charter. Contact: Nancy Newton, 541.726.3700.

Downtown Parking Advisory Committee
The Downtown Parking Advisory Committee is a volunteer body which advises the Springfield City Council, Springfield Economic Development Agency, and City staff on the Downtown Springfield Parking Program. Contact: Courtney Griesel 541.726.7132.

Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC)
The Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) provides recommendations to the City Council on the best use of the City’s allotment of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. These funds support housing programs, social services, affordable rental and home ownership housing development, neighborhood revitalization activities, parks and street construction and downtown redevelopment. Please click on the link above for more information about the Springfield CDAC. Contact: Erin Fifield, 541.726.2302.

Travel Lane County
Travel Lane County is a non-profit organization which aggressively markets the local area and Lane County as a visitor destination and provides services to conventions, tourists and members as needed. The Travel Lane County Board meets monthly. Contact: Courtney Griesel, 541.726.3700.

Glenwood Renewal Advisory Committee (GRAC)
The Glenwood Renewal Advisory Committee provides advice to the Springfield Economic Development Agency Board which operates the Glenwood Urban Renewal Plan to develop and redevelop the infrastructure to support the Glenwood Refinement Plan and other development activity outlined in the Glenwood Urban Renewal Plan adopted December 6, 2004.  The Glenwood Renewal Advisory Committee meets on a monthly basis or as needed.  Contact:  Courtney Griesel, 541.736.7132.

Historic Commission
The Historic Commission is a statutory commission that reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission, Hearings Officer or Springfield City Council concerning certain quasi-judicial decisions and legislative matters for properties within or potentially within the Historic Overlay District. This commission also oversees projects which foster and preserve the community’s heritage. The commission meets every other month.

Human Services Commission
The Human Services Commission is an intergovernmental committee that advises the Board of Commissioners and the Springfield and Eugene City Councils on community needs and priorities for human services, and assists in developing a strategic intergovernmental human services management plan for targeting local government resources. Liaisons to this committee can be either from the Springfield City Council or Budget Committee. Contact: Erin Fifield, 541.726.2302.

Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) Board
LRAPA is the local air protection agency for Lane County. LRAPA is responsible for monitoring Lane County air pollution and determining compliance in the Lane County area with the Federal Clean Air Act. The LRAPA Board oversees the operations of the authority. Contact: Nancy Newton, 541.726.3700.

Lane Workforce Partnership (formerly SWPIC)
Lane Workforce Partnership directs the operation of local employment and training programs funded under the federal Job Training Partnership Act. Contact: Courtney Griesel, 541.726.3700.

Library Advisory Board
The Library Board advises the Springfield City Council and City Manager on issues related to Library development, services, and policies. The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Contact: Emily David, 541.726.2235.

McKenzie River Watershed Council
The McKenzie River Watershed Council was formed to help address watershed management issues in the McKenzie River Watershed and provide a framework for coordination and cooperation among key interests in the development and implementation of watershed action program. The Council meets monthly.

Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC)
The Metropolitan Policy Committee was formed to consolidate several intergovernmental committees, including the Metro Cable TV Commission, Metro Plan Policy Committee, Metro Transportation Committee and Urban Transition Committee. This committee reviews policy issues related metropolitan, intergovernmental cooperation and also serves as an appeal body when differences occur in approval of Metro Plan Amendments. The committee consists of two elected officials each from Eugene, Springfield and Lane County. Contact: Nancy Newton, 541.726.3700.

Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC)
The MWMC is a cooperative community partnership with the mission to protect our community’s health and the environment by providing high-quality wastewater services to the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area in partnership with the Cities of Eugene and Springfield and Lane County. Local representatives from each of the regional partners serve on the Commission. Each partner has both an elected official and a citizen representative (except for the City of Eugene which has two citizen representatives to reflect a proportional number of customers.) The Commission meets the second Friday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Contact: Matt Stouder, MWMC Executive Officer 541.736.1006.

Museum Committee
The Springfield Museum Committee was formed to support the Springfield Museum Curator. It is responsible for making recommendations for Museum exhibits and programs; assisting with implementation of exhibits and special events; assisting with community outreach and publicity.  The Committee is responsible to the Library Board.

Neighborhood Watch Board
The Neighborhood Watch Board organizes and operates the Springfield Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood Watch promotes safety through neighborhood unity and partnership with law enforcement. The Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. with the exception of June, September, November, and March. On those months the board meets at 5 p.m. and the general meeting follows at 6 p.m. Contact: Wendy Polen, 541.726.3729.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Springfield City Council and other public agencies on policy matters related to planning, zoning and development within the city. The Planning Commission also serves as the City’s Committee for Citizen Involvement with responsibility for approving community participation programs and opportunities for participating in land use matters affecting the city. The Planning Commission meets each first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact: Brenda Jones, 541.726.3753.

Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC)
Coordinating Councils were created by the Oregon legislature for the purpose of coordinating countywide public safety and criminal justice services. Contact: Nancy Newton, 541.726.3700.

Springfield Police Advisory Committee
The Springfield Police Advisory Committee is a task force that provides input regarding police policy matters and long range plan implementation to the Chief of Police. The task force reviews police policies and make recommendations to the Springfield City Council. The task force meets the first Thursday of every month. Contact: Jessica Crawford, 541.744.4176.