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Comprehensive Planning

Comprehensive planning is the process that establishes goals and policies intended to guide community development. The product of comprehensive planning is the Comprehensive Plan, which guides public policy in terms of future development. Comprehensive plans are usually citywide in scope, address a broad range of topics, and cover a long-term time horizon. The incorporation of smaller neighborhood-focused studies into the plan is a standard way to address the unique qualities of a particular geographic area, such as a historic or other special district.

The Comprehensive Plan is the policy guide of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the development of the ordinances and procedures necessary to implement the plan, such as the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.

The development of the Comprehensive Plan is a multiple step process where input is sought from community stakeholders, such as residents, property owners, business owners, neighborhood groups, and other community-based organizations. Discussion focuses on a range of interconnecting issues that affect a community, such as transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, economic development, and housing. By Missouri statute, final responsibility for the development of the Comprehensive Plan rests with the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The Comprehensive Plan is a living document. As conditions change, new issues arise, or assumptions prove to be inaccurate, it can be updated or rewritten. Plans are typically revised or updated every five to seven years in order remain relevant to the community. 

2013 Comprehensive Plan Update (4.3MB PDF - Complete Document) 

Cover Page (914KB PDF)

Table of Contents (34KB PDF)

Adopting Resolution (40KB PDF)

Chapter 1: Existing Conditions (92KB PDF)

Chapter 2: Critical Issues (353KB PDF)

Chapter 3: Vision, Goals & Objectives (472KB PDF)

Future Land Use Map (1.4MB PDF)

Appendix A: Citizen Survey (109KB PDF)


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