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The Neighborhoods and Planning Office coordinates policies and programs that provide services to the City’s neighborhoods. The Planning and Development Department has always maintained a neighborhood planning function; however, a focus on city neighborhood issues resulted in the creation of the office in 1996.
The Neighborhoods and Planning Office serves a coordinating role between City departments and neighborhoods. For example, the Neighborhood Teams Program requires the Neighborhoods and Planning Office to help resolve neighborhood concerns by coordinating the interaction between neighborhood organizations and city code enforcement departments.
Springfield’s neighborhoods are the building blocks that form the base of the city’s foundation. All of the Neighborhoods and Planning Office's activities are a means to succeed in our mission: “... to promote strong neighborhoods that instill pride in their residents.”