- City staff worked with Ozarks Technical Community College and Drury University to develop master plans for their respective campuses. City Council adopted both plans.
- Neighborhood Assessments are being held as part of a citywide neighborhood planning process.
- Enactment of the Boarded Buildings Ordinance put restrictions on boarded buildings to ensure compliance with health and safety codes.
- The City has stepped up its program of removing severely deteriorated structures through spot clearance as part of Dangerous/Boarded Buildings strategy.
- A process was established to acquire dangerous/boarded buildings for infill development or rehabilitation.
- Shared parking is promoted to protect neighborhoods from encroachment, such as Springfield Public Schools and Drury University or OTC and area churches.
- Buffers and green space are encouraged between institutions and neighborhoods.
- New traffic-calming techniques such as the round-a-bout at OTC are encouraged.
- The City tries to purchase the entire lot for street-widening projects instead of leaving narrow front yards (i.e. Grand Street and Walnut Lawn widening projects).
- Sanitary sewer service is being expanded to unsewered areas with a goal of sewering the entire city over the next seven years.
- Street and sidewalk maintenance are being provided through an annual resurfacing/replacement program.
- The City is working with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and AmeriCorps on neighborhood clean-ups in Center City.
- Funding is available for the Police Area Representative Program and for Neighborhood Watch programs.
- Funding is available for various after-school programs to deter children from getting involved in criminal activity.
- The CrimeSeen feature on the City’s Web site provides neighborhoods with information of criminal activity.
- A Community Development Corporation (Urban Neighborhoods Alliance – UNA) was established to assist with housing and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Center City Plan
- The approval of the hotel-motel tax to fund Jordan Valley Park Phase 1 and the Zoo also included funding for the Discovery Center and Landers and Gillioz theaters.
- The Springfield Exposition Center, multi-level Jordan Valley Car Park and Hammons Field baseball stadium are under construction.
- The Urban Districts Alliance was reorganized.
- The Springfield Finance and Development Corporation was formed.
- The Downtown Community Improvement District was formed.
- Parking improvements have been implemented.
- Streetscape improvements (Downtown, Commercial Street, Walnut Street have been designed and constructed.
- Three separate downtown National Register Historic Districts have been formed.
- The Brownfields Program was implemented in the Center City area.
- Approximately 50 loft apartments have been created in Center City.
- A multipurpose arena is being designed.
Historic Preservation Plan
- The Historic and Architectural Survey for the Grant Beach Neighborhood identified potential National Register properties for nomination.
- The City’s Historic Resources Survey Plan identifies areas for future specific Historic and Architectural Surveys.
- Historic City Hall Building underwent renovation.
- The Christian Science Church building is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
- Five National Register Historic Districts were approved in the downtown area.
Community Physical Image Plan
- The Missouri 13 Gateway project was designed.
- An amended sign ordinance addresses the number and size of billboards.
- The Metropolitan Planning Organization was expanded to include Strafford, Republic, northern Christian County, Nixa, and Ozark.
- The MPO Organizational Structure and Staffing Study was implemented.
- The first Executive Director for the MPO was hired.
- South Dry Sac Greenway Concept Plan was initiated.
- Voters approved a 1/8-cent sales tax for transportation to complete joint City/MoDOT projects such as the Sunshine/U.S. 65 Interchange.
- The East U.S. 60 Corridor Study was completed.
- The Bicycle section of the Transportation Plan was implemented through signage and the development of a bike route map.
- A bicycle system using greenways and designated bike lanes is under development.
- James River Freeway to I-44 was completed.
- A number of bus turnouts have been created on major arterial streets.
- The Access Management Standards were developed.
Parks, Open Space, and Greenways Plan
- Voters overwhelmingly approved a hotel-motel tax increase to implement Phase 1 of Jordan Valley Park - the Park, the Ice Park and Boonville Avenue Streetscape – along with funding for Dickerson Park Zoo and several Center City attractions.
- Land was acquired for development of Jordan Valley Park- Phase One.
- Jordan Valley Ice Park opened on Sept. 22, 2001.
- Land was acquired to complete the Galloway Creek Greenway from Sequiota Park to Pershing School.
- The School-Park concept was implemented with McBride, McGregor, and Truman Schools.
- Land was acquired along South Creek, National to Campbell, adjacent to South Creek/Wilsons Creek Greenway.
- Land was acquired to develop Close Park adjacent to Nathanael Greene Park.
- The South Creek/Wilsons Creek Greenway segment from Nathanael Greene Park to Golden Avenue was completed.
- Railroad right-of-way was acquired to connect the Frisco Highline Trail from Willard to Springfield.
- A segment of Ward Branch Greenway was completed.
- A segment of Jordan Creek Greenway (Hammons Parkway to Downtown) was completed.
- The Five-Year Strategic Action Plan was prepared to implement the Parks, Open Space, and Greenways Plan.
- City and County voters passed a 1/4-cent sales tax for Implementation of Five-Year Action Steps for Parks, Open Space, & Greenways.
- Approximately 150 acres were acquired at the west Springfield Wilson-Rutledge property for a metropolitan park.
- Construction and rehabilitation of the Doling Community Center are underway.
- The Chesterfield Family Center expansion is underway with construction of an aquatic center.
Growth Management and Land Use Plan
- The City has continued and expanded its voluntary annexation policy and two of three city-initiated annexation referendums have been approved..
- The Urban Service Area Policy was revised and amended in conjunction with Greene County.
- Several recommendations of the Water Resources Task Force have been implemented.
- The Land Use Plan guides development issues, zoning cases, and subdivision plats.
- Urban Service Areas/Future Growth Areas are being coordinated with the surrounding communities of Battlefield, Republic, Willard, Strafford, Nixa, and Ozark.
- Amended subdivision regulations require sidewalks on at least one side of every street.
Community Facilities Plan
- The shared-use principle has been applied in a number of ways, such as the School-Park program and combined Police and Fire facilities.
- A new Library Center has been built, another is under construction, and branch libraries have been renovated.
- Springfield Public School facilities – such as Central High School, Jarrett Middle School, and Kennedy Stadium – have been renovated.
- Four new fire stations have been built – three of which were relocated to address future growth and one new site was added.
- The City’s first full-service South Springfield Police Station was built.
- A new jail was built using the Law Enforcement Sales Tax.
- The City and County have combined Emergency Management efforts.
- The Level Property Tax Project was implemented, including preservation and restoration of municipal facilities.
- The 800-megahurtz trunked radio system putting emergency responders on one network was dedicated in July 2002.
- A significant number of stormwater projects have been completed.
Economic Development Plan
- The Partnership Industrial Center West site was selected and developed.
- The Amended Enterprise Zone added 240 acres to the existing zone.
- Property annexed near Evans Road and U.S. 65 ensures that areas for major retail development are within city limits.
- City staff is working with SMS and OTC to facilitate Center City growth and linkages.
- City staff is working with St. John’s and Cox hospitals to facilitate expansion.
- National Fish and Wildlife Living Museum and Aquarium opened.
- The City is participating the Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership for Prosperity program.
- The City is a partner in the Chamber’s regional outreach efforts through the Ozarks Regional Economic Partnership.