Together with the community and with direction from the Springfield City Council, staff explored possible improvements to planning resources that work to support Springfield’s vision for downtown. The specific resources of interest were design standards. Design standards contribute to how a place looks and feels by guiding the appearance of development projects. Work involved reviewing the Municipal Code, Development Code, and the Engineering Design Standards & Procedures Manual.
On June 17, 2019, Council adopted changes to the standards in the Downtown Sign District, which are part of the Municipal Code. A result of this effort was a set of sign standards that are now simplified and flexible in order to provide options for achieving desired outcomes. Adoption of the remaining draft design standards may be considered by Council in the future and may require further revisions. At this time, there is no timeline determined for when this project will continue. Click here for previous news and e-updates.