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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 visioning process to develop plans and policies which will promote and sustain:

  • vibrant 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 began a planning process in June 2015 to update design standards to improve Downtown’s overall image, attractiveness and economic vitality.  The planning process will amend the Downtown Refinement Plan, Springfield Development Code and Engineering Design Standards Manual.  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.

The long standing Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory Group are providing input.  Everyone is invited to participate in this process, by attending an open house event on May 4th , by submitting comments and concerns to City staff via this website, by attending a Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting, and by attending future public hearings early in 2017.  Please join the email list to be kept informed about next steps in the process.

Project News and Updates

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.

Next Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee meeting will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 27, 2017 in the Jesse Maine Room inside Springfield City Hall at 225 Fifth Street.Main Street in downtown Springfield

Previous News

  • April 28, 2016 - a Citizen Advisory Committee meeting was held
  • May 3, 2016 - the Planning Commission held a Work Session on Draft 2 of Design Standards.
  • May 4, 2016 - a Downtown Design Standards Open House was held at City Hall.
  • May 23, 2016 - the City Council held Work Session on Draft 2 of Design Standards.
  • May 26, 2015 - an overview of the design standards to be developed was provided to City Council. To view the complete agenda packet click here.

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

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

No meetings are scheduled at this time.

Meeting Agenda, Minutes, Documents
April 27, 2017 Agenda, Memo to CAC
April 28, 2016 Agenda, 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
City of Springfield, Oregon