Landscaping plan approvals are handled by the Land Development & Subdivision Planning part of the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission (SSCRPC)
From their website: “Through the work of the Commission’s Land Subdivision Committee, SSCRPC staff are responsible for the review of all proposed subdivisions, large-scale projects and planned unit developments for Springfield and Sangamon County.”
Requirements and how to proceed in various areas of interest are included on the SSCRPC website, along with links to more detailed information. The City and County information are both pertinent to submittals by developers and others interested in the process.
Land Subdivision Committee (LSC) Meetings
The Land Subdivision Committee (LSC) issues advisory opinions, which go to the SSCRPC & Springfield City Council for final approval.
Download 2014 LSC meeting agenda… (PDF)
Sangamon County Zoning Board of Appeals
Ordinances and Regulations for Springfield and Sangamon County
Click here to browse the City of Springfiled Land Subdivision Ordinance is on MuniCode…
See below for a sample of part of the code.
Download the Sangamon County Subdivision Regulations… (PDF) are available here.
CODE OF ORDINANCES
City of SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Ordinance No. 364-10-10, enacted October 5, 2010.
(Supp. No. 49)
TITLE XV: LAND USAGE
ARTICLE XVII. LANDSCAPE, SCREENING, AND LIGHTING REGULATIONS
§ 155.480. Landscape, screening, and lighting regulations.
This Landscape Ordinance spells out the requirements such as ‘points’ to be met for the landscape planting/screening. Two critical steps after the approval are to verify that plants are installed per drawings and maintained for continued life.
Navigating the City and County Websites
Below is information that will show how to get to the question about something specific such as Landscaping requirements in Springfield.
I’ve shown the six steps [links] some people might use to weave their way through the City and County websites, but I would suggest going straight to Link 6.
Link 1– to City of Springfield — http://www.springfield.il.us/–Link to Sangamon County
Link 2– to Sangamon County — http://www.co.sangamon.il.us/ -Click Link to Department Information
Link 3– to Sang. Co.-Department Information – http://www.co.sangamon.il.us/Departments/default.asp -Click Link to SSCRPC
Link 4– to Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission –
http://www.co.sangamon.il.us/Departments/RegionalPlanning/planning.asp -Click Link to Program Areas
Link 5– to Program Areas –SSCRPC – http://co.sangamon.il.us/Departments/RegionalPlanning/program_areas.asp -Click Link to Land Dev & Sub Planning
Link 6– to Land Development & Subdivision Planning –SSCRPC —
Thanks to Paul O’Shea, Planning & Design Coordinator for the City of Springfield for providing the information above.