The City of Kansas City, Missouri and its residents partnered to develop an action plan the entire community can support. FOCUS (Forging Our Comprehensive Urban Strategy) is Kansas City’s Comprehensive Plan adopted in October 1997. The plan sets priorities and guides decisions to assure Kansas City is a thriving, people-centered community and a successful model for other American cities to follow for future generations.
FOCUS identifies a series of building blocks and the following 14 Principles for Policy that provided the framework to develop an action plan for the implementation of FOCUS: reaffirm and revitalize the urban core, advance and encourage quality suburban development, plan for a well designed city framework, strengthen neighborhoods, ensure environmental stewardship, create a secure city, respect diversity, advance education, culture and the arts, develop jobs for the future, create opportunity, create a better future for our young people, target financial investments strategically, build government through a partnership with citizens, and build metropolitan leadership and regional cooperation.
Seven distinct, but interwoven component plans* were developed to detail the action steps needed to make the FOCUS vision and policy principles a reality:
- Physical Framework Plan
- Urban Core Plan (Plan for the Heart of the City)
- Northland Plan
- Preservation Plan (Plan for Meaningful Communities)
- Neighborhood Prototypes Plan
- Governance Plan
- Human Investment Plan
Neighborhood self-assessments were performed as a part of the FOCUS process. There were two objectives for neighborhoods during these self-evaluations: to self-identify its neighborhood type from the FOCUS Neighborhood Prototypes Plan and to develop improvement strategies that would direct neighborhood improvement, a “To Do” list/Action Steps incorporating participation by the neighborhood, community partners, and the City.