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. The Plan is split into five topics areas; Business & Jobs, Neighborhoods & Housing, Community Identity, Public Facilities and Land Use.
Adopted in 2005, the Square Plan is a collaborative effort of various stakeholders in developing a strategy for promoting redevelopment, beautifying streetscapes, strengthening existing businesses, and attracting new businesses and residents.
The Little Blue Valley Comprehensive Plan Amendment covers nearly half of Independence and is focused on land use, transportation, economic development and other issues of guiding development in the Little Blue River Valley in eastern Independence. The plan amendment was adopted in 1999.
Adopted in 2006, the 24 Highway Plan examines the revitalization of the US 24 Highway Corridor, the gateway to the Truman Presidential Library and Museum. The plan explores the housing and economic development potential of the area.