Comprehensive Planning

Comprehensive Planning coordinates Springfield’s local community planning and development activity within Oregon’s statewide planning framework to ensure the highest possible level of livability. Oregon law requires all cities to adopt Comprehensive Plans and to coordinate their public actions to be consistent with the adopted plan. Plans are based on 20-year population projections and must meet a set of Statewide Planning Goals intended to guide the use of land to:

  • Provide a healthy environment
  • Sustain a prosperous economy
  • Ensure a desirable quality of life
  • Equitably allocate resources across neighborhoods

Comprehensive plans contain maps and policies to guide land use, transportation, infrastructure, and other investments within an urban growth boundary (UGB). The UGB is the area into which the city is expected to grow as properties are provided access to urban services through annexation. In Oregon, cities’ comprehensive plans are coordinated with regional plans and Oregon law. In response to 2007 legislation, Springfield is transitioning from relying solely on the regional comprehensive plan–the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan (Metro Plan)–to a city-specific Springfield Comprehensive Plan. While the Metro Plan continues to be the guiding document for some topics (or “elements”), Springfield created a Springfield Comprehensive Plan with its own goals and policies for certain elements. These goals and policies will guide Springfield’s growth and development through the 2010-2030 planning period. Keep in mind when reviewing the Comprehensive Plan that:

The preface of the Comprehensive Plan provides additional guidance on how to review these various documents, including the Metro Plan. The Springfield Comprehensive Plan also has a Technical Supplement. Below are ordinances related to some of the specific elements of the Comprehensive Plan:

Check out this presentation for a way to listen to an overview of these state, regional, and city planning frameworks and a description of how they relate.

Featured Active Projects

Springfield Development Code Update Project
The City launched the Springfield Development Code Update Project to modernize our land use regulations and make the Development Code easier to use and understand. 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 hometown feel now and in the future.

Public Facilities and Services Plan
The Public Facilities and Services Plan (PFSP) 2022 Update project is intended to: incorporate plan revisions adopted by ordinance since 2011 that have not yet been incorporated into the PFSP document; revise, clarify, and update PFSP text to facilitate use by jurisdictional staff and the public; and update project lists and maps to reflect current facility master plans. Revisions may also include changes to the plan amendment process to align with the adopted 2014 Metro Plan amendment process. In 2022, Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County initiated a process to update the PFSP with support from Lane Council of Governments (LCOG).

Natural Resource Inventories & Protections for Springfield’s UGB Expansion Areas
With the recent expansion of Springfield’s UGB comes an opportunity to make progress on a framework for how and where future development may occur in the UGB expansion areas. This inventory and assessment project furthers one way to address this need. Future development within the UGB expansion areas will rely on an understanding of the land’s existing characteristics to make informed decisions. This project will inventory and evaluate wetlands, riparian corridors, and wildlife habitat in the UGB expansion areas to determine which of these resources should be locally protected and where development is best-directed. To ultimately meet Statewide Planning Goal 5, the inventories and preferred options for protecting wetlands, riparian corridors, and wildlife habitat will result in the second update to the Springfield Natural Resources Study.

Comprehensive Plan Map Clarification Project
Currently, the Metro Plan and its Diagram (map) serve as the combined Eugene-Springfield comprehensive plan to guide decisions about how to use land within the region. The Diagram is a “broad brush” graphic depiction of projected land use and major transportation corridors. The Metro Plan Diagram does not meet today’s needs for showing which plan designations (general land use types) apply to each property within the region. The Comprehensive Plan Map Clarification Project will create a property-specific Comprehensive Plan Map for Springfield, adding greater certainty to Springfield’s plan designations. Clarifying the plan designation for each property within Springfield’s urban growth boundary will provide a solid understanding of existing policies and plan documents in a visual way, and will streamline the land use research process with better property lookup tools.

If you have questions or an idea regarding Springfield’s Comprehensive Planning, please contact Sandy Belson, Comprehensive Planning Manager at 541.736.7135 or email her at Call 541.726.3753 to speak with the Planner on duty for questions about specific development projects. Offices are located within City Hall at 225 Fifth Street.