Corridor Improvements

Reinvestment in and the beautification of Springfield’s commercial corridors was highlighted as a top initiative by the community during the public engagement process. The highest traveled corridors should be targeted for public and private improvements, as they would have significant impact in improving the City’s physical image, catalyzing attractive development, and building community pride.

Summary of Recommendations

Chapter 6 – Growth & Annexation

  • Goal 1. Managed Growth
    • (1.1) Prioritize transportation corridors for annexation and infrastructure investment that will have a positive impact on improving the City’s physical image and catalyze attractive development

Chapter 7 – Housing & Neighborhoods

  • Goal 2. Diversify Housing Choices
    • (2.1) Support Context-Sensitive Higher Density Development

Chapter 9 – Transportation & Mobility

  • Goal 1.  Provide multimodal transportation options that are accessible and reliable for users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds
    • (1.3) Utilize Emerging Modes and Technologies
  • Goal 3. Integrate Transportation and Land Use to Support Mobility and Placemaking
    • (3.3) Enhance Community Character and Placemaking
  • Goal 5. Establish Diverse Funding Strategies for Capital Improvements and Community Facility Enhancements
    • (5.1) Explore Funding Alternatives

Chapter 10 – Infrastructure & Community Facilities

  • Goal 3. Develop Infrastructure and Community Facilities in a Sustainable Manner
    • (3.2) Identify, Promote and Protect Natural Infrastructure
  • Goal 6. Foster public ownership and community identity towards Springfield’s infrastructure and community facilities as they continue to support the beautification of the city.
    • (6.2) Beautify through Infrastructure
    • (6.3) Multi-purpose infrastructure

Chapter 11 – Parks, Greenways, & Natural Resources

  • Goal 4. Ensure Sustainable Growth and Environmental Stewardship by Conserving the City’s Natural Resources, while Fostering a Sense of          Community Responsibility and Pride through Education and Immersive Experiences.
    • (4.5) Identify Resilience Strategies
    • (4.6) Preserve and Enhance the Urban Forest

Chapter 12 – Subarea Plans

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

Chapter 13 – Downtown Plan

  • Goal 2. Strengthen connectivity and circulation within Downtown, tying to surrounding neighborhoods and activity centers.

Chapter 15 – Implementation

  • Implementation through regulation
    • Implementation of interim amendments


  • 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 located along key corridors in the city.
  • The City will begin the process of identifying new infrastructure projects along major corridors that will be funding over the course of the next 5-years. Corridor projects included will have a greater emphasis on quality of place and when possible.