The City is starting the planning process for the Greater Downtown Area Plan (GDAP) in 2018. 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. The GDAP, adopted in 2010, is still in the implementation phase. You can learn more about the implementation phase on our GDAP Implementation page.
Area plans provide both proactive strategies (action steps which are outcome driven) and reactive guidelines (evaluation tools to guide future decision making). These plans are used by the City and the community alike and become an element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Area plans are guided by a range of citywide planning documents including the FOCUS Kansas City Plan (the City’s comprehensive plan), the Trails KC Plan, and others. The area plan applies the broad citywide policies from these documents to a smaller area of the city, typically at a greater level of detail. Area plans sometimes recommend amendments to these upper level plans, but generally try to work within their policy framework.
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Watch our Listening Session on the Greater Downtown Area Plan. The City is Listening – Defining Downtown: The Greater Downtown Area Plan.
Gerald Williams, Lead Planner
Chase Johnson, Area Planner