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Springfield Welcome SignIn 2007, Springfield voters approved a Downtown Urban Renewal District. Since then, Springfield staff has been leading a community planning process to develop plans and policies which will promote and sustain a vibrant Downtown Mixed-Use district with:

  • successful retail blocks,
  • inviting pedestrian-friendly streets,
  • downtown housing,
  • an enhanced civic center and public spaces,
  • cultural destinations, and
  • connections to Island Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The City Council directed staff to prepare Downtown District Design Standards to ensure that new redevelopment projects and public streetscape improvements will make positive contributions to improve the look, feel and functionality of Downtown. Currently, the City is conducting a process to review, refine, update and reformat the design standards in the Springfield Development Code, Engineering Design Standards Manual and Municipal Code. The new design standards are intended to improve Downtown’s overall image, attractiveness and economic vitality, and to address compatibility between new mixed-use development and Downtown’s existing historic buildings and blocks.  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.  
Everyone is invited to participate in this process, by attending open house events, by submitting comments and concerns to City staff via this website, by attending a Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting, and by attending future public hearings (currently scheduled for November 7, 2017).  Please join the email list to be kept informed about next steps in the process.

Project News and UpdatesMain Street in downtown Springfield

We are currently accepting applications to fill 3 vacancies on the Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) in the following categores:

 General Public (2);
 Downtown Business Owner (1)

View the application packet here.

Upcoming public outreach:

  • November 2, 2017 - Open House #3 4-7 p.m. Springfield City Hall Library Meeting Room
  • November 7, 2017 - Public Hearing - Springfield Planning Commission, 7 p.m., City Council Chamber

Previous News

  • May - July 2016 - the City Council held 3 work sessions on Draft 2 of Design Standards

Please check back to this website for updates as the project progresses or sign up below to receive email updates.

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Adopted Plans
Wildish Theater located in downtown Springfield
Downtown District Urban Design Plan and Implementation Strategy (2010)
Resolution 10-57
Downtown Urban Design Plan-Parking Management (2010)
Resolution 10-58

Documents
Complete AIS Downtown Design Standards (April 10, 2017)
Downtown Design Citizen Involvement Plan
Appendix to the Downtown District Urban Design Plan
Downtown Refinement Plan
(updated 2006)
Downtown Urban Renewal Plan (2007)

Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee

Meeting Agenda, Minutes, Documents
May 25, 2017 Agenda, Existing Sign Code
April 27, 2017 Agenda, Memo to CAC, Meeting Audio
April 28, 2016 Agenda, Meeting Audio, Draft 2 Streetscape Standards, Draft 2 Development Standards
October 22, 2015 Agenda, Cover Memo, Draft Streetscape Standards, Draft Development Standards, Meeting Audio
August 27, 2015 Agenda, Meeting Audio
June 25, 2015 Agenda, Meeting Audio
October 1, 2014 Agenda, Meeting Audio
December 11, 2014 Agenda

Additional Background Information

To submit comments on the Downtown Planning project, click here.

Contact Information
Linda Pauly, Principal Planner
lpauly@springfield-or.gov
541.726.4608
City of Springfield, Oregon