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To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues based in the public realm.

Below are discussion forums on the issues related to the public realm that you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

To the right, you can find a summary document of your input so far on issues based in the public realm.

Below are discussion forums on the issues related to the public realm that you have provided input on so far. This page will be updated as needed throughout the comprehensive plan update process.

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  • Setting

    4 months ago
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    DESIGN

    • Improve the practice of urban design here
    • Apply good design to all construction for purposes of functionality, aesthetics, health, safety, sustainability and enjoyment
    • Maintain our positive characteristics, unique character of the city and its different neighborhoods, and authentic building fabric that give a sense of place
    • Adapt construction to deal with the effects of climate change, such as hotter temperatures and storms with stronger winds and heavier rains
    • 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


    PLANNING

    • Provide shops, restaurants, cafes, services, libraries, community centers, parks, etc. at the center of neighborhoods
    • Protect existing views, particularly toward and from Downtown and the Bluffs
    • Streamline the ability for neighbors to improve the public realm
    • Grant incentives which assist reconnection of neighborhoods
    • Enhance business advantages of locating in the Urban Core by making its neighborhoods more attractive, livable, walkable, bikeable, and accessible by transit
    • Assist the sub-market for dense, vibrant, unique, walkable, mixed use development by providing these areas with alternative modes of transportation, allowing a car-less lifestyle for those desiring it
    • Assist the submarket for intimate communities by providing walking trails and limited through streets
    • Assist the submarket for spread out neighborhoods by providing convenient connections by car to other uses, and ample parking opportunities in most places


    INFRASTRUCTURE

    • Equitably maintain current infrastructure in the public realm against the ravages of age, wear and tear, and climate change
    • Implement ecologically sound green infrastructure by government and by individuals
    • Give all parts of the city equal access to infrastructure upgrades (sidewalks, etc.)
    • Avoid sprawl of infrastructure, which is excessively costly to construct and maintain
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  • Transportation

    4 months ago
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    MULTI-MODAL

    • Create a fast, extensive, efficient, convenient, safe, attractive, environmentally friendly transportation network for people with all levels of physical ability, at all income levels, using all desired modes of travel
    • Invest in more multimodal/people-centric transportation
    • Provide good alternative transportation for those without cars and encouragement/incentives to use it
    • Address auto travel (including trucks, vans, SUV's), alternative motorized travel, and non-motorized travel
    • Support carpooling, ride sharing, car rental, goods delivery, and goods pick-up
    • Provide better connections (e.g. park-and-rides) between auto transportation and alternative modes
    • Make it easier to connect and transfer between alternative modes, such as between walking or biking and transit


    NETWORK

    • Keep destinations accessible, but without overcrowded or congested connections
    • Make it easier for disabled people to move through the city
    • Create faster, easier connections to KCI
    • Ease transportation between neighborhoods and across the city
    • Make transportation more convenient within Downtown and between Downtown and other areas
    • Improve east to west travel
    • Ease access from all types of housing to jobs, shopping, services, stadiums, the airport and other facilities
    • Limit developmental sprawl to reduce the distances that would need to be traveled
    • Join with KCK in planning, management and funding regarding transportation
    • Supply more decent arterials in the Northland
    • Provide better physical access to jobs, education and services, including expanding the streetcar system into the East Side
    • Avoid developing high-capacity highways with heavily polluting vehicles through existing neighborhoods

    COMPLETE STREETS

    • Create complete streets whose auto transportation role is balanced with other transportation modes, greenery, human amenities, and features that enhance neighborhood livability
    • Support options which reduce use of motorized vehicles, such as walking, biking or working from home


    WALKABLE AREAS

    • Create walkable neighborhoods for people of all types, where stores, services, facilities and amenities visited frequently can be reached conveniently on foot
    • Provide walkable connections to adjacent neighborhoods
    • Create pedestrian only areas, either occasionally or on a permanent basis, particularly in Downtown, in shopping areas, and in entertainment areas

    PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE

    • Provide a more complete, connected system of curbs, sidewalks and crosswalks, partly by requiring developers to provide them
    • Widen sidewalks where pedestrian traffic is heavy
    • Repair or replace deteriorated curbs and sidewalks
    • Where there are no sidewalks, at least make walking safer, including reducing hazardous ditches
    • Make street crossings and traffic light settings more pedestrian friendly
    • Supply walkways with good lighting, benches, public art and native plantings
    • Provide skywalks, underground passageways, and shade from trees or buildings to protect from unpleasant weather
    • Make spaces under highway overpasses into pedestrian/bike thoroughfares


    BIKES/SCOOTERS

    • Make jobs, education, healthcare, retail, parks, libraries and other amenities safely reachable by bike/scooter through infrastructure design, construction, regulations, and land use planning
    • Expand citywide a system of dedicated bike/scooter lanes and paths, preferably ones which are totally separated from conflicting modes
    • Provide bike share facilities and bike/scooter parking where there is a desire for it
    • Enhance recreational biking with bike parks, a path along the Missouri River, and opportunities for mountain biking
    • Implement the Bike Plan, at least gradually, while giving due respect to existing neighborhoods and traffic patterns


    TRAILS

    • Extend existing trails for walking and biking
    • Create a more connected system of trails and links to them
    • Improve the quality of nature trails for walking and biking
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  • Entertainment & Recreation

    4 months ago
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    OPEN SPACE

    • Provide parks, playgrounds and other open space throughout the city, and make them easily reachable by walking
    • Create more open space Downtown, and improve existing spaces there to serve the growing number of residents
    • Take advantage of the increase in outdoor exercising during the pandemic to encourage its continuance and the provision of spaces in which to do it


    PARKS

    • Preserve and add to our parks, boulevards, fountains, monuments and scenic features, including doing so through the provision of relevant jobs, laws, training, funding and resources
    • Restore parks and boulevards which have deteriorated and improve those which have always lacked some features, particularly in the East Side
    • Supply parks with more play equipment, picnic areas, benches, trash bins, etc.
    • Remove trash from park lawns and thick brush
    • Supply more parks in the Northland
    • Make fuller use of Swope Park, Penn Valley Park, and Barney Allis Plaza
    • Create a large park in the Downtown Loop with a pond or large fountain
    • Stop reducing park land in order to build something else


    ENHANCEMENTS

    • Create more activities in open space, possibly including nightlife
    • Preserve and add to our fountains, monuments, artworks and scenic features
    • Capitalize on our nickname as “The City of Fountains”


    NATURAL SETTINGS

    • Preserve in a relatively undisturbed manner wildlife and natural habitats, including landscapes which foster pollinators
    • Protect the natural landscape of rural areas
    • Establish conservation areas
    • Make some natural settings, such as forests, cliffs and caves, venues for adventure sports
    • Make rivers and lakes suitable for leisure activities in the water and on shore
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  • Physical Environment

    4 months ago
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    GENERAL

    • Ease transportation within and between neighborhoods
    • Prevent the need to travel long distances by locating necessities -- like full service, reasonably priced grocery stores -- in residential areas needing them
    • Make wayfinding easy through signage and the layout of streets


    STREETS

    • Create complete streets whose auto transportation role is balanced with other transportation modes, greenery, amenities (such as benches, lighting, music speakers) and features that enhance neighborhood livability
    • Enforce or reduce speed limits
    • Provide traffic calming features
    • Implement road diets
    • Reduce construction traffic on residential streets
    • Sweep streets to remove dangerous and unsightly trash, grit, sand and glass, which is especially hazardous for cyclists
    • Supply more street lighting in the Northland
    • Stop people walking or other inappropriate movement on streets


    WALKABLE AREAS

    • Create walkable neighborhoods for people of all types, where stores, services, facilities and amenities visited frequently can be reached conveniently on foot
    • Provide walkable connections to adjacent neighborhoods
    • Create pedestrian only areas, either occasionally or on a permanent basis, particularly in Downtown, in shopping areas, and in entertainment areas
    • Increase foot traffic where it would add vibrancy or a feeling of safety
    • Take advantage of the increase in recreational walking during the pandemic to encourage its continuance and improvements in neighborhood walkability


    PEDESTRIAN STRUCTURE

    • Provide a more complete, connected system of curbs, sidewalks and crosswalks, partly by requiring developers to provide them
    • Widen sidewalks where pedestrian traffic is heavy
    • Repair or replace deteriorated curbs and sidewalks
    • Where there are no sidewalks, at least make walking safer, including reducing hazardous ditches
    • Make street crossings and traffic light settings more pedestrian friendly
    • Supply walkways with good lighting, benches, public art and native plantings
    • Provide skywalks, underground passageways, and shade from trees or buildings to protect from unpleasant weather
    • Make spaces under highway overpasses into pedestrian/bike thoroughfares
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