INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Representatives from the City of Independence were in St. Louis today to accept the Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Community Initiative award from the American Planning Association – Missouri Chapter for the “Imagine Independence” public engagement campaign. “Imagine Independence” asked citizens to think about what they want to see in the City in 2040, and offered the opportunity to help shape the new Comprehensive Plan. From tables at local events, public meetings, surveys and social media, citizens had the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas in many ways.
“We are honored to receive this award and excited to see the final product. Our expert staff, citizen leadership and certainly Shockey Consulting, have made ‘Imagine Independence’ a reality,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “The Comprehensive Plan has not been updated completely since 1993. The plan has been amended and expanded as our City has continued to grow and change but no longer supported the vision and values of Independence. Developing a new Comprehensive Plan by the end of 2017 was one of my top priorities when I was elected as Mayor. This is our vision for our community and truly sets the tone for what we are trying to accomplish.”
Shockey Consulting Services, LLC facilitated the “Imagine Independence” public engagement effort as a contractor for the City. The Plan was split into four topics: businesses and jobs, neighborhoods and housing, community identity, and public facilities. In total, more than 6,000 residents participated in the process. You can see a compilation of their findings and the public responses here, indep.us/imagineindepmo2040.
“’Imagine Independence’ was a great project for us at Shockey and we enjoyed working with the people of Independence,” Sheila Shockey, founder and president of Shockey Consulting, said. “The public meeting was one of the most dynamic events we have ever been part of and we look forward to seeing the final product this information helps create.”
The new Comprehensive Plan is being developed by the City Planning Commission utilizing the information gained through “Imagine Independence” engagement campaign. It is anticipated the new Plan will be shared with the public in early 2018. You can see the current Plan here, indep.us/comprehensiveplan.