Empowerment Committee

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The Empowerment Committee will guide the overall direction of the comprehensive plan, the KC Spirit Playbook. It will work with City staff to review important principles and concepts, community feedback, subcommittee work on specific topics, and to conduct technical analysis.

The Committee will also be a sounding board for draft recommendations and strategies to address issues across a variety of policy areas, and it will recommend a final draft plan to the City Plan Commission and City Council.

Another important role for Empowerment Committee members is to be a spokesperson for the comprehensive plan leading up to adoption and through implementation.

Possibly the most important role the Empowerment Committee is to keep the focus of the process on empowering neighborhoods and residents by ensuring the plan incorporates the values of Kansas Citians.

The Empowerment Committee is composed of residents, business owners, technical experts, neighborhood leaders, property owners, institution representatives, and others. The Committee represents a diverse array of Kansas Citians with a wide range of perspectives, interests, and priorities. The Committee is structured to balance these diverse viewpoints and empower neighborhood voices.

The Empowerment Committee is anticipated to meet on a monthly basis between March 2021 and the end of the comprehensive plan update process in mid-2022.



The Empowerment Committee will guide the overall direction of the comprehensive plan, the KC Spirit Playbook. It will work with City staff to review important principles and concepts, community feedback, subcommittee work on specific topics, and to conduct technical analysis.

The Committee will also be a sounding board for draft recommendations and strategies to address issues across a variety of policy areas, and it will recommend a final draft plan to the City Plan Commission and City Council.

Another important role for Empowerment Committee members is to be a spokesperson for the comprehensive plan leading up to adoption and through implementation.

Possibly the most important role the Empowerment Committee is to keep the focus of the process on empowering neighborhoods and residents by ensuring the plan incorporates the values of Kansas Citians.

The Empowerment Committee is composed of residents, business owners, technical experts, neighborhood leaders, property owners, institution representatives, and others. The Committee represents a diverse array of Kansas Citians with a wide range of perspectives, interests, and priorities. The Committee is structured to balance these diverse viewpoints and empower neighborhood voices.

The Empowerment Committee is anticipated to meet on a monthly basis between March 2021 and the end of the comprehensive plan update process in mid-2022.



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    Thank you for your feedback on crafting a list of goal statements for the KC Spirit Playbook. Please review the proposed comprehensive plan goal statements and add any thoughts, concerns, questions, and suggestions below by selecting the button "Add and Idea". 

    1. Ensure that new growth and revitalization is sustainable and equitable. 
    2. Create a well-designed city framework. 
    3. Create strong, desirable, and accessible neighborhoods
    4. Create a healthy environment and a sustainable and resilient city
    5. Address greater diversity and create opportunity
    6. Develop jobs for the future. 
    7. Create a better environment for our young people. 
    8. Target physical investments strategically, sustainably, and equitably. 
    9. Create a connected city and increase mobility options.
    10. Preserve and celebrate our community character, history, and landmarks. 
    11. Ensure accessible and affordable housing
    12. Embrace innovation and new technology and create a smart city
    13. Support vibrant cultural, arts, and entertainment amenities.
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    Thank you all for your feedback at our last two meetings on how to build the vision statement for the KC Spirit Playbook. We have made several edits based on your feedback. Please review the proposed comprehensive plan vision statements and add any thoughts, concerns, questions, suggestions below by selecting the button "Add an Idea". 

    1. Our well connected and accessible neighborhoods and districts will be walkable and served by reliable, safe, and convenient mobility options.
    2. Our diverse cultural amenities, parks, and open spaces will provide a rich variety of experiences and vibrant environments. 
    3. We will preserve places that celebrate all facets of Kansas City's history and cultural heritage
    4. Our city will be renowned for the physical beauty of its streets, buildings, public spaces, and infrastructure. 
    5. We will cultivate innovation and creativity in our governance, business, and educational practices related to smart city technology and physical development. 
    6. Our economy will be resilient, inclusive, diverse, and thriving and position our city competitively against our national peers. 
    7. Kansas City will continue to be the heart of the region. We will remain collaborative with our regional partners with a renewed focus on building partnerships to achieve the aspirations of this plan. 
    8. Our community will attract people and employers through being a desirable place to earn, learn, live, and thrive
    9. Our neighborhoods will be strong, livable, and authentic while ensuring diverse housing opportunities
    10. We will create and nurture an affordable community and strive for abundant opportunity and employment at a livable wage for our residents. 
    11. Our community will promote the heath of our residents and visitors through being walkable, clean, and safe.
    12. We will promote and value the health of our environmental and natural systems and protect them from degradation. 
    13. Our community will grow in a sustainable manner and be resilient and adaptable to future changes. 
    14. Our capital investments and growth will be equitable while maintaining the fiscal sustainability of the city.
    15. We will preserve and enhance hose things that make Kansas City unique - the small town feel with big city amenities and the wide range of diverse environments and neighborhoods. 
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