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  • Kansas City, Missouri is divided into 18 geographic areas for which area plans are prepared. Area plans recommend strategies to help realize a community’s long-term vision for the future and provide a comprehensive framework to guide public decisions on land use, housing, public improvements, community development, and city services. These plans are used by the City and the Community alike and become an element of the City’s comprehensive plan.

    Area plans provide both proactive strategies (phased action steps which are outcome driven) and reactive guidelines (evaluation tool to guide future decision making).  The area plan applies the broad citywide polices to a smaller area of the city, typically at a higher level of detail. Generally area plans are updated on a 10 year cycle and are created through a robust public engagement effort.


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  • The comprehensive plan is just one tool our planners have to make sure that Kansas Citians' have a voice in how their city grows. We also have 18 area plans that guide decision making on a more detailed level than the comprehensive plan is able to do. The next few weeks we will be looking into our area plans, how they are related to the comprehensive plan, and how they can be used in the most effective way possible. 

    Do you know what your area plan is? What does your area plan say for your neighborhood? 

    Find your area plan HERE. Just type your address in the search bar on the map and find out!

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  • Kansas City's current comprehensive plan, FOCUS, has 14 "Principles of Policy" that set the major goals for the plan. As we prepare to write the new goals for the KC Spirit Playbook, we want to know more about what you think about the "Principles of Policy" in FOCUS. Below you will find a few of those "Principles of Policy" and the descriptions that FOCUS laid out for them. 

    How would you edit or completely re-write these "Principles of Policy" for today's Kansas City? Do we need to approach this goal with a different mindset? Would these FOCUS goals from 1997 be wrong for Kansas City in 2020?

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  • Kansas City's current comprehensive plan, FOCUS, has 14 "Principles of Policy" that set the major goals for the plan. As we prepare to write the new goals for the KC Spirit Playbook, we want to know more about what you think about the "Principles of Policy" in FOCUS. Below you will find a few of those "Principles of Policy" and the descriptions that FOCUS laid out for them. 

    How would you edit or completely re-write these "Principles of Policy" for today's Kansas City? Do we need to approach this goal with a different mindset? Would these FOCUS goals from 1997 be wrong for Kansas City in 2020?

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  • Our team has compiled a list of themes that could appear in a new vision statement. We would like your input on what you think is important to include in the new vision statement for the KC Spirit Playbook. This is the fourth of a series of themes that we have asked you to rank over the last several weeks. 

    Vision statements are broad, aspirational statements that get to the heart of what the comprehensive plan and Kansas Citians want to accomplish. It can't include everything, so we need to know the most important themes that should be included. Be very selective in your choices!

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  • Kansas City's current comprehensive plan, FOCUS, has 14 "Principles of Policy" that set the major goals for the plan. As we prepare to write the new goals for the KC Spirit Playbook, we want to know more about what you think about the "Principles of Policy" in FOCUS. Below you will find a few of those "Principles of Policy" and the descriptions that FOCUS laid out for them. 

    How would you edit or completely re-write these "Principles of Policy" for today's Kansas City? Do we need to approach this goal with a different mindset? Would these FOCUS goals from 1997 be wrong for Kansas City in 2020?

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  • Our team has compiled a list of themes that could appear in a new vision statement. We would like your input on what you think is important to include in the new vision statement for the KC Spirit Playbook. This is the third in a series of themes that we will be asking you to rank over several weeks. 

    Vision statements are broad, aspirational statements that get to the heart of what the comprehensive plan and Kansas Citians want to accomplish. It can't include everything, so we need to know the most important themes that should be included. Be very selective in your choices!

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  • Our team has compiled a list of themes that could appear in a new vision statement. We would like your input on what you think is important to include in the new vision statement for the KC Spirit Playbook. This is the second in a series of themes that we will be asking you to rank over the next several weeks. 

    Vision statements are broad, aspirational statements that get to the heart of what the comprehensive plan and Kansas Citians want to accomplish. It can't include everything, so we need to know the most important themes that should be included. Be very selective in your choices!

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  • Our team has compiled a list of themes that could appear in a new vision statement. We would like your input on what you think is important to include in the new vision statement for the KC Spirit Playbook. This is the first of a series of themes that we will be asking you to rank over the next several weeks. 

    Vision statements are broad, aspirational statements that get to the heart of what the comprehensive plan and Kansas Citians want to accomplish. It can't include everything, so we need to know the most important themes that should be included. Be very selective in your choices!

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  • Over the last several weeks, we have asked you to tell us those things that you think are most important to focus on over the next 20 years for a variety of topics. You've narrowed it down to 5 items for each topic area, and now we would like your help in narrowing it down to 2. 

    This doesn't mean that the other subtopic areas aren't important, or that they won't be included in the updated comprehensive plan. Rather, this narrowing down process helps our team to understand the issues that are most important to the Kansas City community and guides us as we create a framework for upcoming in-depth discussions on these topics.

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  • We held our first virtual town hall for the KC Spirit Playbook. While we did experience some issues, we were still able to hold constructive conversations in our breakout rooms. We would like to get direct feedback on how to improve the discussion format in the future from those who were in attendance and those who were not.

    For those who attended: What aspects of the first virtual town hall did you think worked well? Aside from preventing unplanned disruptions, what needs to be addressed so it works better?

    For those who were unable to attend: Is there something that we can do to make it easier for you to attend? Is there a different kind of discussion format that would work better for you?

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  • Over the last several weeks, we have asked you to tell us those things that you think are most important to focus on over the next 20 years for a variety of topics. You've narrowed it down to 5 items for each topic area, and now we would like your help in narrowing it down to 2. 

    This doesn't mean that the other subtopic areas aren't important, or that they won't be included in the updated comprehensive plan. Rather, this narrowing down process helps our team to understand the issues that are most important to the Kansas City community and guides us as we create a framework for upcoming in-depth discussions on these topics.

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  • For several weeks now, you all have provided thoughtful answers to our open-ended questions in broad topic areas. We have analyzed your responses, and over the coming weeks we will be asking you follow up questions based on the topics that were mentioned most often by you. 

    This week, we want to know your top 5 issues related to Neighborhoods in Kansas City. Then, please choose the top 5 characteristics that you think best represent who the People of Kansas City are!

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  • For several weeks now, you all have provided thoughtful answers to our open-ended questions in broad topic areas. We have analyzed your responses, and over the coming weeks we will be asking you follow up questions based on the topics that were mentioned most often by you. 

    This week, we want to know your top 5 Economic concerns are as well as your top 5 concerns with Housing in Kansas City.

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  • For several weeks now, you all have provided thoughtful answers to our open-ended questions in broad topic areas. We have analyzed your responses, and over the coming weeks we will be asking you follow up questions based on the topics that were mentioned most often by you. 

    This week, first we want you to choose the top 5 Entertainment options you would like to see more of in Kansas City. Next, we would like you to choose the top 5 aspects of Livability that would improve your daily life in KC.

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  • For several weeks now, you all have provided thoughtful answers to our open-ended questions in broad topic areas. We have analyzed your responses, and over the coming weeks we will be asking you follow up questions based on the topics that were mentioned most often by you. This week we want you to choose your top 5 most important Environmental issues. Then we would like you to choose the top 5 Parks amenities that Kansas City needs more of.

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  • For several weeks now, you all have provided thoughtful answers to our open-ended questions in broad topic areas. We have analyzed your responses, and over the coming weeks we will be asking you follow up questions based on the topics that were mentioned most often by you. This week we want you to choose your top 5 most important Transportation issues and your top 5 aspects of our City's Culture for the KC Spirit Playbook to focus on through 2040.

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  • Small Town Feel

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  • Starting a Discussion on: The Environment

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  • Starting a Conversation on: The Economy

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  • Starting a Discussion on: Transportation

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  • Balance the Budget, Part 2

    In Kansas City's current comprehensive plan, there are 12 "Building Blocks", or policy areas, that form the foundation of the Plan. Each Building Block section in the Plan gives information and context for that policy area, and they provide implementation strategies and specific directives. Those 12 Building Blocks are:

    • Citizen Access and Communications 
    • City Life
    • Community Anchors
    • Competitive Economy
    • Connecting Corridors
    • FOCUS Centers
    • Healthy Community
    • Investing in Critical Resources
    • Life Long Learning
    • Moving about the City
    • Neighborhood Livability
    • Quality Places to Live and Work

    We have taken 6 of those Building Blocks and created a theoretical action the City could take in that policy area. As the new theoretical budget-maker for the City, your job is to distribute your budget of $100 between the action items. How much money you give to each policy area is up to you! But you must spend exactly $100. Last week we did the first 6 Building Blocks, you can still complete that activity here

    Please only enter your answer in the form of a number (for example, for $15 dollars, you can type in 15).

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  • Future Challenges 

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  • Balance the Budget, Part 1

    In Kansas City's current comprehensive plan, there are 12 "Building Blocks", or policy areas, that form the foundation of the Plan. Each Building Block section in the Plan gives information and context for that policy area, and they provide implementation strategies and specific directives. Those 12 Building Blocks are:

    • Citizen Access and Communications 
    • City Life
    • Community Anchors
    • Competitive Economy
    • Connecting Corridors
    • FOCUS Centers
    • Healthy Community
    • Investing in Critical Resources
    • Life Long Learning
    • Moving about the City
    • Neighborhood Livability
    • Quality Places to Live and Work

    This week, we have taken 6 of those Building Blocks and created a theoretical action the City could take in that policy area. As the new theoretical budget-maker for the City, your job is to distribute your budget of $100 between the action items. How much money you give to each policy area is up to you! But you must spend exactly $100. Next week we'll do the other 6 Building Blocks.

    Please only enter your answer in the form of a number (for example, for $15 dollars, you can type in 15).

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  • Starting a Discussion on: Housing

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  • KC Spirit Playbook and Equity

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  • Long-Term Impacts of the Pandemic

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  • Looking at FOCUS's Principles of Policy

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  • Tell us about your neighborhood!

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