About Integrated Planning
Why Integrated Planning?
In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework” which emphasized a commitment to work with states and communities to implement an integrated planning approach to address environmental objectives. In response to this opportunity, leaders from the City of Springfield, Greene County and City Utilities developed a local approach to integrated planning. This holistic approach proposes to use local knowledge to examine our environmental resources not just in regards to stormwater and wastewater, but also air, water and land.
The plan has received written approval from both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and EPA Region 7. The premise behind the work is to focus environmental resources on what the Springfield-Greene County community feels is most important.
The approach is “adaptive” in that the plan is never complete. The process will require our community to continue to refine our analysis, check the effectiveness of our solutions and reprioritize when appropriate. This approach will ensure full compliance with federal and state regulations while addressing the specific priorities of our citizens in the most efficient and effective way possible. The result will be a stronger economy and improved quality of life.
Who is Involved?
Technical staff from the City of Springfield, City Utilities and Greene County, Missouri are working together on Integrated Planning. They are gathering and analyzing data to determine the current state of environmental resources and challenges. They are using a Geographic Information System (GIS) as a common platform to share information with each other and stakeholder groups involved in the planning process.
Citizen Environmental Priorities Task Force
An Environmental Priorities Task Force was formed of 30 community leaders from a variety of backgrounds and groups. They met to develop the vision, goals and gather input to set priorities. The Technical staff are using the Plan Recommendations developed by the Environmental Priorities Task Force to guide their implementation work.