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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.