Planning Commission

Overview

The Planning Commission is responsible for reviewing and approving all residential development plats and commercial site plans, as well as recommending zoning districts and property annexations. The Planning Commission has delegated to City staff the authority to review and approve commercial site plans of 50,000 square feet or less, with the understanding that it reserves the right to review any and all site plans.

The City of Springfield Planning Commission consists of 9 members, 6 of whom are nominated by their respective aldermen to represent their wards for staggered 4-year terms. Of these, 2 of the members serve 2-year terms, 1 of whom is appointed by the Mayor to represent the Planning Region and the other is a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen appointed by that body. The other member of the Planning Commission is the Mayor or a person at-large appointed by the Mayor to serve a 4-year term.

Visit the client submittal schedule page for due dates. 
The Planning Department requires applications to be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the meeting to allow for advertising.

City Departments must pre-approve all projects going to the PC before the Client Submittal Deadline date. Projects that are pre-approved and meet the Client Submittal Deadline will be on the following month PC agenda. All supporting documents are to be delivered to the Planning Department before 4 PM on the Client Submittal Deadline date.

Visit the Agenda Center to view all upcoming agendas. 

Regular Meetings

Planning Commission meetings will be held on the first Thursday of each month beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom of City Hall located at 405 North Main Street. View previous Planning Commission Meetings on the City of Springfield Youtube Channel.

Members

  • Bob Bibb, Planning District          Term expires: June 30, 2026
  • Virginia Boyd, Ward 1
    Term expires: November 30, 2026
  • Tony Townsend, Ward 2
    Term expires: November 30, 2026
  • Buzzy Poole, Ward 3
    Term expires: November 30, 2026
  • Bettye Lynn Richert, Ward 4 Term expires: November 30, 2024



  • David Allen, Chairman Ward 5
    Term expires: November 30, 2024
  • Michael Briggs, Ward 6
    Term expires: November 30, 2024
  • Dustin Thomas, at-large
    Term expires: November 30, 2024
  • Alderman Jeff Gragg, BMA          Term expires: June 30, 2023


Public Comment

Regularly called meetings of the Planning Commission include a period of public comment as a regular order of business item. The public comment period provides the public with the opportunity to comment on matters that are germane to the items on the agenda for a meeting.

Meeting agendas can be viewed online in the Agenda Center.

Registration

Any member of the public that wishes to address the Planning Commission regarding any item on the agenda for a meeting must register online no later than 12:00pm on the day prior to the meeting. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Community Development Administrative Secretary will process registrations in the order in which they are received. Ten (10) spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The time for public comment will be limited to two (2) minutes per speaker.  

What To Expect

The Community Development Administrative Secretary shall send electronic confirmation via email to those that are properly registered by 4:30pm the day before the meeting, as well as to those that are not confirmed stating the reason for the denial. Any member of the public needing an accommodation for registration due to disability may contact the Community Development Administrative Secretary for assistance.

Members of the public who have properly registered with the Community Development Administrative Secretary will be recognized by the Planning Commission. The speaker will move to the podium, state their name and address, and will have up to two (2) minutes to address any item on that meeting's agenda. The Planning Commission will conclude the speaker's time once the two (2) minutes have expired. Members of the public shall refrain from personal attacks, offensive or obscene language, and any speech which would be a violation of law.