Community Development Code Update

The Comprehensive Plan establishes and assigns placetypes to all areas within the City and surrounding planning area. Each placetype assignment should be used to guide future land development and redevelopment, as well as more detailed or strategic planning at the district, corridor, or neighborhood level. Zoning and other related regulatory codes are used to implement the planning vision, at the parcel level. Multiple zoning districts can be present in the placetypes as long as they complement one another and support the general character of the placetype. The placetypes should serve as an essential tool in identifying needed updates to the City’s zoning regulations and development standards. Chapter 15: Implementation, provides additional detailed guidance on how the City should use placetypes when updating development codes.

The City will create Place Teams to facilitate meaningful, effective, and efficient engagement for discussion of changes to the City’s land development regulations. The teams will be comprised of stakeholders and representative constituencies related to the specific context, and associated issues, in Springfield.

Summary of Recommendations

Chapter 5 – Land Use and Development

  • Land Use Planning Framework – Responding to Trends and Land Development Pressures
    • Increased use flexibility that promotes redevelopment and revitalization will need to be balanced by regulatory codes that promote and emphasize quality design and construction that is pedestrian focused and has a greater experience factor.
    • Future code changes will need to support the implementation of planning that promotes the development of places with a wide array of convenient services in proximity to amenity-rich, attractive, inviting, integrated corridors and districts that are within walking distance of neighborhood, trails, parks, and mixed-use centers with diverse housing options.
    • “Plans and code changes will also need to champion alignment of subsidies and other public investments and improvements with land planning to ensure housing and economic development projects are permitted and supported in places where they are best suited and equitably dispersed across the city.

Chapter 7 – Neighborhoods and Housing

  • Goal 3.  Revitalize Springfield’s Neighborhoods
    • (3.5) Champion Safe, Healthy, Liveable Housing and Neighborhoods
      Chapter 8 – Economic Development
  • Goal 1.  Redefine Springfield’s Narrative as a Major Competitor and Leader in the Regional Market
    • (1.3) Update the Code

Chapter 8 – Economic Development

  • Goal 1.  Redefine Springfield’s Narrative as a Major Competitor and Leader in the Regional Market
    • (1.3) Update the Code

Chapter 9 – Transportation and Mobility

  • Goal 3. Integrate Transportation and Land Use to Support Mobility and Placemaking
    • (3.3) Enhance Community Character and Placemaking

Chapter 10 – Infrastructure and Community Facilities

  • Goal 3. Develop Infrastructure and Community Facilities in a Sustainable Manner
    • (3.1) Apply Sustainable Development Practices

Chapter 12 – Subarea Plans

  • Glenstone Avenue Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations
  • Trafficway Street Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations
  • Chestnut Expressway Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations
  • Lake Springfield Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations
  • Boonville Avenue Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations

Chapter 13 – Commercial Street Plan

  • Goal 4.  Build on Commercial Street’s maker ethos and strength in artisan manufacturing district
    • (4.2) Ensure land use codes allow for flexible maker spaces and artisan manufacturing uses throughout the district.

Chapter 15 – Implementation

  • Integrate Land Use, Placetypes, and Zoning
    • Create a strategy for updating the City Land Development Regulations and Zoning Map based on the Placemaking approach
  • Implementation through regulation
    • Implementation of interim amendments – Redevelopment on the Edges


  • The City has entered a contract with a consulting firm to facilitate and draft an update to the Zoning and Development Code, which will provide the City with the regulatory framework essential to implement many of the recommendations outlined in the Comprehensive Plan that will impact expansion of uses and quality of place enhancements for (re)development projects.
  • The City has initiated several of the recommended text amendments to bridge implementation of the new Comprehensive Plan, while the new Zoning Code is being developed.