Together with the community, staff is working to create the tools that will implement completed planning projects that support Springfield’s vision for an enjoyable downtown. As part of this effort, the Springfield City Council directed staff to prepare design standards for the Downtown Mixed-Use District. These design standards will positively contribute to how downtown looks, feels, and functions by guiding redevelopment of property and improvements to the public realm (think: streets and landscapes). The standards will also ensure that downtown’s redevelopment is compatible with its existing historic buildings and blocks. Reviewing, refining, and reformatting the standards in the Municipal Code, Development Code, and Engineering Design Standards and Procedures Manual are key elements of the work involved. The revised standards will be presented in a simplified, user-friendly format to clearly communicate flexible options for new development to achieve the intended outcomes.