Springfield Development Code Update Project

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 that occurred from 1998 to 2005, the Code has been revised only to comply with state or federal laws, or as directed by the City Council in response to a specific issue or objective. The Springfield City Council recognizes that the Springfield Development Code is difficult to use, understand, and implement. Resolving the complexities and outdated nature of the code will help achieve the economic and housing goals for our community.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 approximately three years, from 2019 to 2022.

Project News

Phase 1 – Housing:
We are at the point of releasing public review drafts of the new housing code sections. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the housing phase has been working with staff for over a year to provide input on how code language should be revised to meet the objectives of the project. Additionally staff has been working with the Planning Commission and City Council to get their input. The City Council gave direction at their February 3, 2020 to release the draft code sections for public input.

The draft code sections are early rough drafts and need additional work before they are ready to move forward to the public hearing process later this year. We are reaching out to the public early in the process to get feedback at this time before more refined code language is developed and ultimately finalized.

The three draft code sections include:

  1. A new Residential Districts section, 3.2.200, to replace the existing Residential Zoning Districts section, 3.2-200;
  2. A new Special Standard and Regulations for Certain Uses in Residential Districts section, 4.7.300 – 4.7.400, to replace the existing provisions in 4.7-100 related to residential development and uses as well as some provisions in other sections related to residential development such as standards in 3.2-200, and the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) section, 5.5-100; and
  3. A new definitions section, 6.1.100, to replace the definitions specifically applicable to residential development and uses contained in the existing definitions section 6.1-100.

Summary of Proposed Changes to Housing Code – A brief explanation and summary of the major changes being proposed to the housing section of the City’s Development Code.

DRAFT of Proposed Changes to Housing Code 4.7.300-4.7.400

DRAFT of Proposed Changes to Code Definitions 6.1.100

DRAFT of Proposed Changes to Code Definitions 3.2.200

Project Sheet Fact #1 – A fact sheet about Phase 1 of the Development Code Update project that is focused on Middle Housing.

Questions and Answers about Middle Housing – Frequently asked questions with answers about the new Oregon Legislation for middle housing (HB 2001).

Staff will be coordinating public outreach efforts to provide information to community members and gather feedback. Additional information on public outreach efforts will be included in future e-updates and will be listed on the project’s Additional Background and Documents web page.

Phase 2 – Employment Lands:
Along with proceeding with Phase 1 for housing as discussed above we are also kicking off Phase 2 of the project to update the code related to employment lands (commercial/industrial). The first step for this phase is recruiting for a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). View the application packet with additional information – Seeking Applicants for Development Code Update Project for Technical Advisory Committee.

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 home town feel now and in the future.

Focus Areas

Phase 1

December 2018 – March 2021

Phase 2

January 2020 – December 2021

Phase 3

July 2020 – June 2022

  • Residential
  • Multi-family housing
  • Infill standards
  • Other housing types
  • Commercial development
  • Industrial development
  • Employment lands
  • Other code sections
  • Process
  • Non-conforming development


When complete, the updated Development Code should:

Planning Projects
  • Enable quick review of development applications.

  • Provide easy to understand code language presented in a clear and user-friendly format.

  • Provide a straight-forward processing path to development decisions.

  • Support/further economic development in all sectors.

  • Protect and enhance the beauty of our city to boost or stabilize property values, encourage investment, and improve the image of the community.

  • Comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

  • Implement the City’s adopted policies.

Yimbyes.org Podcast on the Development Code Update Project
This podcast provides an update on how the Development Code will promote housing of diverse types. It explains the purpose and expected outcomes of the Development Code Update Project. Additionally, it covers how the code update puts the city ahead in addressing recent legislation around middle housing. Committee members also share what the code update means to the community and how it may affect neighborhoods and opportunities to get involved.

Upcoming Meetings

  • June 22, 2020 – City Council Work Session – 5:30 P.M. in the Jesse Maine Room at Springfield City Hall, 225 Fifth Street and virtual. Quarterly check in on project status. Meeting materials will be posted when available.

Previous Meetings, Project Documents, Additional Background
View previously held meetings and materials, other related project documents and additional background here.

Technical Advisory Committee
The Springfield Planning Commission acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) approves members for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Development Code Update project.

Phase 1: Housing Phase TAC – View membership list here.

Phase 2: Employment Lands (Commercial/Industrial) Phase TAC. Recruitment is open until March 4, 2020.  View the application packet with additional information – Seeking Applicants for Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee Extended.

Interested Parties
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Current Development Code
The current Development Code can be found here.

Work Tasks and Timeline
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Revised Development Code Update Project Schedule_9-27-19

Project Manager
Mark Rust, AICP
Senior Planner

Para Español
Molly Markarian, Senior Planner