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City Seeks Input on Comprehensive Plan Update

Post Date:05/12/2020 1:59 PM

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2020

Kansas City is often defined by our Midwest nice, love of barbecue, or championship-winning football team. But, more than anything, people here work hard to make this city thrive – and that defines the spirit of Kansas City, Missouri. So as we update our Comprehensive Plan that guides the future of our city, the City Planning and Development Department has created a virtual space to gather your feedback, playbook.kcmo.gov.

“This is an online space where we'll gather your perspectives and hopes for the future of Kansas City, Missouri. Your feedback is at the core of updating this plan and we encourage you to visit this site and participate in the activities posted there,” said City Planning and Development Director Jeffrey Williams.

A comprehensive plan sets priorities and reinforces citywide policies and practices that have a relationship to the City’s built environment. The City's current nationally-recognized Comprehensive Plan, FOCUS, is now more than 20 years old and ready for a refresh. Just a few of the many projects influenced by the policies and plans in FOCUS include:

  • 18th and Vine District improvements
  • Power and Light District
  • Redevelopment of the Municipal Stadium site
  • Trail connections to Brush Creek

We want you to be involved in what the next 20 years bring. We had planned to launch this effort with a series of in-person community events to gather your input. However, due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, we're starting by asking for your feedback via an easy-to-use, interactive website. Please visit playbook.kcmo.gov and get started by taking a short survey and signing up for our email list.

The updated plan will be called the "KC Spirit Playbook", a nod to Norman Rockwell’s “The Kansas City Spirit” painting that Rockwell created to represent the City’s resilience in after a major flood in 1951.

Let's roll up our sleeves, Kansas City!

For media inquiries, please contact Beth Breitenstein, Public Information Officer for the City Planning and Development Department at 816-945-2560.

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