UG Planning Commission to Review Draft Northeast Area Master Plan

UG Planning Commission to Review Draft Northeast Area Master Plan

The planning team is pleased to release the next public draft of the Northeast Area Master Plan (NEAMP), which will be reviewed by the Unified Government Planning Commission at 6:30PM on Monday, October 8, 2018, in the City Hall Commission Chambers (701 North 7th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101).

You can download the full draft plan and appendices using the following link:

Northeast Area Master Plan – Planning Commission Draft

Final adoption of the NEAMP is subject to review and approval by the Board of
Commissioners. A date for that hearing has not been scheduled at this time.

Draft Northeast Area Master Plan Released for Public Review and Comment

Draft Northeast Area Master Plan Released for Public Review and Comment

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The planning team is pleased to release a public draft of the Northeast Area Master Plan. We will accept comments on the draft plan through Wednesday, September 5, 2018. You can submit comments or questions through this website’s Contact Page. You can also mail or drop off handwritten or typed comments to the attention of:

Zachary Flanders
Department of Urban Planning and Land Use
Room 423, Municipal Office Building
701 North 7th St., Kansas City, KS 66101

All comments will be reviewed by Unified Government staff and the planning team and incorporated as appropriate. Your feedback is important, so please take the time to let us know your thoughts.

You can download the full draft plan and appendix items using the links below:

Join Us for the Draft Plan Open House on July 17!

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Join Us for the Draft Plan Open House on July 17!

You are invited to attend the Draft Plan Open House on Tuesday, July 17, as we unveil a draft of the Northeast Area Master Plan. Your feedback is important! What works in the plan, what needs to be worked on, and what are we missing? You will also receive an update on the three Early Action Projects underway and learn how to get involved.

This is an informal open house event, so feel free to drop in as you are able. Families with children are welcome. Identical afternoon and evening open houses will be held in order to maximize participation and a Spanish translator will be present. Questions? Call 913-573-5759 or email zflanders@wycokck.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

HNMA Receives $3,000 Grant to Implement Early Action Project

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HNMA Receives $3,000 Grant to Implement Early Action Project

We are excited to announce that the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association (HNMA) was awarded a $3,000 Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) grant to help implement one of the three early action projects identified by the community in the Northeast Area Master Plan process: the development of a neighborhood grocery store.

Connected to the overall theme of “A Food Hub,” the development of a neighborhood grocery has been identified as a top community priority for implementation. Working with local community members, HNMA and the planning team have created a strategy for developing the first phases of this important initiative. In addition to the NRF grant, the Unified Government has dedicated resources to moving this project forward.

In other good news, the Turtle Hill Community Association also received a NRF grant in the amount of $3,000 for the Kids Art in Douglass Park project at the orchard located at 5th & Washington Boulevard. This project is a part of the Turtle Hill Summer Youth Art Camp.

The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a funding collaborative managed by the Community Capital Fund (CCF) and Greater Kansas City LISC that provides grants up to $3,000 for high-impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that help build stronger and more effective neighborhood organizations in low to moderate income areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

We look forward to announcing the next phases of the neighborhood grocery store early action project!

Join Us for Community Meeting 3 on March 13

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Join Us for Community Meeting 3 on March 13

Community participation throughout this planning process has been great, but it’s not over yet! We need your help shaping the Plan’s proposed themes and prioritizing the ideas and projects the community has brought to the table over the last few months.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 13, for Community Meeting 3. We will hold two identical meetings at 12:00pm and 6:00pm at Bertram Caruthers Elementary School (1100 Waverly Avenue, Kansas City, KS). We will meet the Community Liaisons, listen to your feedback on four proposed Plan Themes and follow-up on the three Early Action Projects selected by Community Meeting 2 attendees.

If you’re just jumping into the process now, you can download all past meeting materials and the summaries of feedback we have received at the Documents page.

Are we missing something? Let us know using our Contact Form.

Read the Community Meeting 2 Summary

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Read the Community Meeting 2 Summary

The summary of Community Meeting 2 is now available! Thank you to the over 125 community members who attended the afternoon or evening sessions of Community Meeting 2 on December 5, 2017.  We have posted a summary of the voting results, feedback and ideas shared at this meeting entitled Visioning for Place Types of the Northeast Area.  You can also download all of the Community Meeting 2 materials and scanned copies of the activity posters and feedback we received at the Documents page.

Are we missing something? Let us know using our Contact Form.

Community Members Gather to Shape a Vision for the Northeast Area and Voting Results Are In!

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Community Members Gather to Shape a Vision for the Northeast Area and Voting Results Are In!

Over 125 people attended the Community Meeting 2 afternoon and evening sessions on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. A big thanks to Neff Packaging and Grant Elementary School for hosting the meetings. At both sessions, Northeast Area residents and stakeholders shared their visions for different place types in the community and voted for their favorite TLC Early Action Project from a list of 10 final project concepts. The final projects were generated from over 120 ideas submitted at Community Meeting 1 in October based on popularity, diversity and feasibility.

And the results are in! These 3 Early Action Project ideas received the most votes totaled across the afternoon and evening sessions:

#1 – Further explore the cooperative community-owned grocery model, and invite experts to the community to teach us how it’s done (31 votes)

#2 – Work with YouthBuild on rehab of homes on a “model block” identified by community (17 votes)

#3 – Develop program for health services at Quindaro Community Center clinic space, and identify willing service providers (15 votes)

These 3 TLC Early Action Projects, which will get the ball rolling on larger initiatives and strategies, will be refined and developed moving forward. If you’re interested in volunteering to help organize or implement an Early Action Project, please let us know using the Contact page.

If you weren’t able to attend Community Meeting 2, you can view the Community Meeting 2 Presentation and send us your comments using the Contact page. Community Meeting 3 will be held in early 2018, with date and times to be determined. Be sure to sign up to receive email updates if you haven’t already!

The Deadline for Applying to Be A Northeast Area Master Plan Community Liaison Has Been Extended to December 15!

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The Deadline for Applying to Be A Northeast Area Master Plan Community Liaison Has Been Extended to December 15!

The Northeast Area Master Plan project team is seeking two Community Liaisons who are currently residents of the Northeast Area to facilitate the Northeast Area Master Plan process. Assistance will be needed starting December of 2017 and ending at the completion of the planning process, which is expected to be in June of 2018. Each Community Liaison will be provided a stipend of $2,500. The liaisons will be expected to contribute 160 hours of work at a rate of $15/hour to activities associated with the planning process. Responsibilities include:

  • Attend and help lead future Northeast Area Master Plan community meetings
  • Provide regular updates and outreach to Northeast Area neighborhood associations and organizations
  • Organize and attend meetings with neighborhood residents and stakeholders
  • Perform outreach to residents door-to-door or by phone
  • Provide detailed notes and documentation of activities as needed
  • Assist in developing Early Action Projects

The Community Liaison must have excellent communication and organizational skills and be able to work with a variety of people.

Please email or mail a resume and cover letter by December 15, 2017, to:
Community Liaison Hiring Manager
Department of Planning and Land Use
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
701 N 7th St, Kansas City, KS 66101
or
planninginfo@wycokck.org

Include “Community Liaison Position” in subject line.

Last Call for Early Action Projects!

Last Call for Early Action Projects!

Do you have an idea for an Early Action Project?  Early Action Projects are projects that can be accomplished on a relatively small budget ($500-$5,000) and quick time frame (5-10 months).  These projects are designed to get the ball rolling toward the larger ideas that will be generated through the planning process and implemented with the plan. Share your ideas through our Contact Form.

Download a Summary of Community Meeting 1

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Download a Summary of Community Meeting 1

Thank you to the over 150 community members who attended the afternoon or evening sessions of Community Meeting 1 on October 2, 2017.  We have posted a summary of the feedback and ideas shared at this meeting entitled Assets and Challenges of the Northeast Area.  You can also download all of the Community Meeting 1 materials and scanned copies of the feedback we received at the Documents webpage. Are we missing something? Let us know using our Contact Form.