Downtown Planning

Downtown Planning 2017-06-20T00:36:19+00:00

Downtown Planning

In 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

April 28, 2016 – Citizen Advisory Committee meeting, City Hall Jesse Maine Room from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

May 3, 2016 – Planning Commission Work Session on Draft 2 of Design Standards

May 4, 2016 – Downtown Design Standards Open House, City Hall Library Meeting Room from 3 to 7 pm drop-in, 4:30 & 6 pm presentation – You’re invited to come learn more about the set of standards the City of Springfield is developing to improve Downtown’s overall image, attractiveness and economic vitality and provide feedback on the options being considered.

May 23, 2016 – City Council Work Session on Draft 2 of Design Standards

Previous News

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.

Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee

The next meeting will be 5:30-7:30 PM, April 28, 2016 at City Hall in the Jesse Maine Room. Visitors are welcomed.

Meeting Agenda, Minutes, Documents
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,
June 25, 2015 Agenda, Meeting Audio
October 1, 2014 Agenda, Meeting Audio
December 11, 2014 Agenda

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

Contact Information
Linda Pauly, Principal Planner
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