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Elements of Development

Here is what we've heard so far on the different elements of development:

  • General
    • Create "whole" neighborhoods that provide housing, transportation, social interaction, public and private services, recreation and green space, arts, education, and public and private institutions
    • Respect sustainability and equity in development and in the resulting jobs
    • Apply good design to all construction for purposes of functionality, aesthetics, health, safety, sustainability, and enjoyment
  • Housing
    • Create mixed-income neighborhoods with diverse housing options and without cookie cutter subdivisions
    • Make available housing features that have become in greater demand, such as home offices and accessory dwelling units
    • Assist development of affordable housing by creating public/private partnerships and regional efforts committed to that purpose, constructing many more small homes with basic features, providing a significant share of affordable housing in residential developments, establishing co-ops, constructing new subsidized housing, providing more housing for the homeless, and encouraging energy efficient homes
    • Balance appropriately owned and rented housing as well as housing with various sizes, forms, features, maintenance options, and available amenities
    • Provide adequate infrastructure to serve housing
  • Commercial Development
    • Scatter job centers throughout the City
    • Maintain the high proportion of small, locally-owned stores, and assist them to survive economic hardships from the pandemic 
    • Retain, and encourage creation of, corner shops and shops on the first floor of high-rise buildings
    • Respond to the lack of enough sophisticated shopping, ethnic restaurants, department stores, and shops and restaurants open on Sunday
    • Suit potentially altered consumer preferences after the pandemic for more spacious commercial facilities with more outdoor space, easy pickup, and contact-free services
    • Reduce the proportion of space in office buildings to respond to more people working from home
  • Parks & Open Space
    • Provide parks, playgrounds, and open space throughout the City, make them easily reachable by walking, and create more activities there, possibly including nightlife
    • Continue to enhance open spaces and buildings with art works in the form of fountains, sculpture, murals, and whimsical elements (e.g. shuttlecocks on Nelson-Atkins lawn, "hair curlers" on Bartle Hall)
    • Restore parks and boulevards which have deteriorated and improve those which have always lacked some features
    • Preserve or replace trees encountered during development
    • Encourage development of community food gardens, particularly in vacant lots 
    • Create green spaces on roofs and walls
    • Grow native plants on lawns
    • Preserve in relatively undisturbed manner wildlife and natural habitats, including landscapes which foster pollinators 
    • Make some natural settings (i.e. forests, cliffs, and caves) venues for adventure sports 
    • Make rivers and lakes suitable for leisure activities in the water and on shore 
  • Public Spaces
    • Make public spaces more human-friendly
    • Create more gathering places and activities to take place there 
    • Integrate multiple leisure activities at individual entertainment/recreation/shopping venues, possibly including special events, or live or recorded music
    • Fulfill a likely desire lingering from the pandemic for more, or adaptable, outdoor activity space to live, work, play, and learn
  • Infrastructure 
    • Integrate planning between City departments to create functional, cost-effective infrastructure
    • Minimize construction of new infrastructure until we catch up on being able to maintain what we already have
    • Fund infrastructure adequately to serve its purpose far into the future
    • Implement by government and by individuals safe, ecologically sound green (natural), gray (functionally constructed), and blue (urban-suited) infrastructure
    • Guide City infrastructure investment away from developer-driven priorities to planned development which encourages density, redevelopment of existing areas, and protection of stream corridors
    • Engage our world class engineering firms to bring innovation to design and construction of infrastructure and buildings; then spread the word about their achievements
    • Supply utilities characterized by renewable and off-grid options
    • Provide adequate drainage and prevent flooding by curbing sprawling development, enforcing stream setbacks, constructing buildings outside of floodplains, restoring ecosystems, retaining rainwater, taxing impervious surfaces, promoting urban agriculture, and other vacant-to-vibrant projects, and participating in collaborative cross-jurisdictional management and protection of the watershed 
  • Climate Change
    • Limit developmental sprawl to reduce the distances that would need to be traveled
    • Create more mixed-use development to allow closer access to varying types of destinations
    • Design buildings for net-zero energy use and emission of reduced levels of greenhouse gases; then share success stories 
    • Require new construction residential and commercial projects to have some sort of green energy included (i.e. solar, geothermal, wind)
    • Sequester more carbon through green space
    • Provide solar panels on new buildings and on underutilized public land
    • Explicitly plan, benchmark, communicate, and budget to achieve a small carbon footprint and to deal with the impacts of climate change
    • Adapt construction to deal with the effects of climate change, such as hotter temperatures and storms with stronger winds and heavier rains
    • Study and replicate good ideas of other cities
    • Intersect the comprehensive plan with the climate resilience plan
  • Transportation
    • Provide facilities to connect housing to jobs, shopping, services, and facilities
    • Create complete streets whose auto transportation role is balanced with other transportation modes, greenery, human amenities, and features that enhance neighborhood livability 
    • Expand the transit system to cover all parts of the City and to provide frequent, amenable service
    • Work with KCATA to provide access to public transit for developments
    • Provide a fast, extensive, easily accessible street and highway system
    • Make wayfinding easy through signage and the layout of streets
  • Walkability
    • Create walkable neighborhoods for people of all types, where stores, services, facilities, and amenities visited frequently can be reached conveniently on foot
    • Have building entrances face streets, make them attractive, and make them as continuous as possible, especially retail
    • Hide or de-emphasize the visual impact of parking for pedestrians
    • Provide walkable connections to adjacent neighborhoods
    • Provide a complete, connected system of curbs, sidewalks, and crosswalks, partly by requiring developers to provide them
    • Implement road diets to enhance pedestrian safety and amenity
    • Supply walkways with good lighting, benches, public art, and native plantings
    • Provide a system of trails for walking and biking
  • Biking
    • Make jobs, education, healthcare, retail, parks, libraries, and other amenities safely reachable by bike
    • Provide a system of dedicated bike lanes and paths
    • Provide bike parks and mountain biking trails
  • Parking
    • Provide parking spaces to meet all proposed demand, or conversely, remove parking minimums and apply the unused space and money to create more dense, vibrant development or more green space
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