Since the State’s acknowledgment of Springfield’s UGB expansion in March 2019, the City is now able to make progress on a planning framework for how and where future development may occur in the areas where the UGB expanded (“UGB expansion areas”). The purpose of this project is to identify and evaluate the natural resources in these areas so the Springfield community and its partners can determine which resources offer significant benefits and should be locally protected, and can determine other locations in the expansion areas where development may be best-directed. Future development actions and other activities within the UGB expansion areas rely on an understanding of the land’s existing characteristics—including its wetlands and riparian corridors —to make informed decisions on best uses and the siting of those uses. Protection measures for these resources must be adopted for compliance with Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 5. The project is supported by a combination of local funds and grant funds from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
Based on the results of the inventory and assessment work performed by environmental consultants, City staff and the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) will identify options for protection measures for consideration by the community, appointed officials, and elected officials. A set of recommended updates to the Springfield Natural Resources Study will follow, which will involve the City and Lane County co-adopting these changes (tentatively scheduled for 2021 – see timeline below).