The Springfield City Council recognized that the Springfield Development Code was difficult to use, understand, and implement. The City undertook a project to resolve the complexities and outdated nature of the code to help achieve the economic and housing goals for our community. The City completed Phases 1 (Housing) and 2 (Employment) of the Update Project but has delayed the third Phase in order to focus on code revisions mandated by state rules and regulations.
Purpose of the Development Code Update Project
The Purpose of the Development Code Update Project was 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.
The Project objectives were to:
- 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 including implementation of HB 2001.
- Implement the City’s adopted policies.
Phase 1 – Housing
This phase included code amendments focused on residential land uses. It included allowing Middle Housing on residentially zoned lots that allow single-unit dwellings as required by Oregon House Bill 2001 passed, in 2019. Middle Housing is defined as duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters.
Phase 2 – Employment Lands:
Along with completing Phase 1 for housing , the City completed Phase 2 of the project to update the code related to employment lands (commercial/industrial). These amendments included revised code sections for Site Plan Review, Minimum Development Standards, Infrastructure Standards, and Development Standards.
Adoption of Phases 1 and 2
The Springfield City Council and Board of County Commissioners held a joint public hearing on the proposed code amendments for Phases 1 and 2 on April 25, 2022. The Council adopted the amendments on May 16, 2022, and the Board of County Commissioners adopted them on June 7, 2022. The adopted ordinance for the amendments (Ordinance No. 6443) can be found at the following link: http://laserfiche.springfield-or.gov/weblink/0/doc/4158497/Page1.aspx
Phase 3 – Other Sections of the Code
The last phase of the development code update would amend sections such as Annexations and Land Divisions. Implementation of this phase will occur as staff resources allow.