A Comprehensive Plan is a document that identifies the vision, values and priorities of a community for future years. The City of Independence adopted its current Comprehensive Plan in April, 2018; the first update since 1993. The Comprehensive Plan is called Imagine Independence 2040 – A Community Vision.
In 2015, it had been determined through that review that an update to the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 1993 was necessary as that Plan's recommendations had been implemented and that Plan had successfully implemented the significant development that occurred in all areas of the City since its adoption. As outlined in the adopted City of Independence 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, Independence for All, it was the desire of the City Council to conduct a full update to the Comprehensive Plan.
In 2017, the firm Shockey Consulting Services,LLC was selected through a competitive selection process to assist in the Comprehensive Plan update, including a vigorous public engagement process. During the public engagement process, a variety of engagement methods were used, including formation of the Steering Committee, social media strategies, a Public Meeting, a community survey, a Comp Plan website, online engagement, project fact sheets, and in-person meetings throughout the community. The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized Imagine Independence 2040 – A Community Vision as the Outstanding Public Outreach Project of the Year for 2017.
The Steering Committee, a nine member committee appointed by Council, met various times to provide input on the community activities, identify issues and opportunities, refine information through an iterative process, and review and modify the draft plan.
The final document, Imagine Independence 2040 – A Community Vision, is a result of this process. The Plan is split into five topics:
The final plan can be found here: