The City Planning department prepares plans that guide the future development of the city. These plans are prepared at multiple scales, from city-wide to neighborhood, depending on the issues involved and the needs of the area in question.
FOCUS (Forging Our Comprehensive Urban Strategy)
is Kansas City's Comprehensive Plan. It provides a new set of tools, a new spirit of cooperation and a new commitment to future generations. The City of Kansas City, Mo. and its residents partnered to develop an action plan our entire community can support. Its goal is to make our city a thriving, people-centered community and a successful model for other American cities to follow.
The city is divided into 18 geographic area plan regions
for which area plans are being prepared. These plans apply the vision and goals of FOCUS to each area of the city. Area plans are detailed and cover all of the relevant physical development components, including land use, zoning, water and sewer needs, street and traffic planning, fire and police stations, topography and slopes, soils, historic preservation, and urban design elements.
Usually city-wide plans are prepared for the city as a whole. The Trails KC, Bike KC, KC walkability plan, and Major Street plans are examples of city-wide plans.
Neighborhood plans are detailed plans for single neighborhoods where significant issues and pressures have arisen that could involve relevant change in the neighborhood.
Project plans deal with a specific geographic area, smaller than a neighborhood. The Plaza Urban Design and Development Plan is an example of this type of plan.
The current projects
section lists the plans that the city is currently preparing. Visit this section to learn about the plans that are happening now and how to get involved.
The plan implementation
section outlines the ongoing progress made on existing plans, after they have become the adopted plan of record.