Over 16 months of over 4,000 diverse community voices joined together exploring opportunities, breaking down barriers, and charting new directions for the City. At open houses, community picnics, art hop, and online surveys, people from every neighborhood contributed ideas about places, programs, policies, investments, and communal goals that were most important to them. The visions, plans, and goals to guide the City are available to help everyone reach the desired outcomes of the work that will now go forward. The PROJECTS page is a place to track and see progress on goals outlined in the PLANS.
Imagine Kalamazoo input will serve as the foundation for plans and projects moving forward. The Public Participation Plan and the Community Engagement Toolkit will guide the outreach and engagement for these activities.
The Master Plan is the road map for City staff projects in the coming years. One large initiative will be the incorporation of Neighborhood Plans. Each plan will be integrated and adopted into the 2025 Master Plan.
The Master Plan 2025 was adopted by the Planning Commission on October 5, 2017, and was adopted by the Kalamazoo City Commission on October 16, 2017.
Download the 2025 Master Plan Entirely or by Section
If you have a slower internet connection we suggest downloading by Section.
To leave comments regarding the Master Plan please visit Open Town Hall, or call the City Planner at Community Planning and Development at 269-337-8044
The City of Kalamazoo's 2017 Strategic Vision is the direction to City staff what the community's priorities are. These priorities are used to shape plans going forward. As goals are achieved and measured for success, the Strategic Vision will be updated.
The following ten goals make up the 2017 Strategic Vision:
Strength Through Diversity
Inviting Public Places
The Strategic Vision was approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission on July 17, 2017.
To leave a comment regarding the Strategic Vision please visit Open Town Hall, or call Community Planning and Development at 269-337-8044
It is the City’s goal to have all of Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods create a neighborhood plan. Neighborhood Plans will allow residents to focus on issues important to their neighborhood, while also creating the opportunity to achieve City-wide Strategic Vision and Master Plan goals. They can focus on as much or as little as the plan would like to cover. All neighborhood plans will seek to be adopted as sub plans into the 2025 Master Plan through the Planning Commission.
Neighborhood Planning Tools:
Northside Neighborhood Plan
Appendix B – NACD 2009 Northside Neighborhood Plan
Neighborhood plans are the road map to help residents and neighborhood leaders identify where the neighborhoods should go in the future. The 2018 Northside Neighborhood plan has updated recommendations and goals to be focused short term actions. At three community meetings residents defined immediate actions for a specific corridor area called the Northside Cultural Business District.
The 2018 plan for the Northside builds on four (4) Strategic Goals:
Increase the number of resident owned businesses, especially those by African Americans & low income residents.
Preserve existing housing and build new housing to accommodate all resident needs.
Make enjoyment of the arts, culture, and open space part of the northside neighborhood way of life
Strengthen support systems for workforce development, safety, and youth programming.
The Northside Neighborhood Plan 2018 was approved for amendment to the Master Plan by Planning Commission on August 2, 2018 and Kalamazoo City Commission on September 4, 2018.
Vine Neighborhood Plan
The Imagine Vine Neighborhood Plan 2018 was approved for amendment to the Master Plan by the Planning Commission on October 4, 2018 and the Kalamazoo City Commission on December 3, 2018.
Eastside Neighborhood Plan
The Imagine Eastside Neighborhood Plan 2018 was approved for amendment to the Master Plan by the Planning Commission on October 4, 2018 and the Kalamazoo City Commission on December 3, 2018.
Oakwood Neighborhood Plan
The Oakwood Neighborhood draft plan was approved by the Planning Commission on February 7, 2019 and will go to the Kalamazoo City Commission next to confirm amendment to the Master Plan.
Edison Neighborhood Plan
The Edison Neighborhood Plan 2019 was approved for amendment to the Master Plan by the Planning Commission on January 3, 2019 and the Kalamazoo City Commission on February 4, 2019.
The Climate Action Plan is currently in progress and will be holding public meetings in early 2019.
Go to the Events page to see when you can get involved in this planning process.
To leave a comment regarding the Climate Action Plan please visit Open Town Hall, or call Community Planning and Development at 269-337-8044
The purpose of Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo (SPK) is to have a community where no adult and no child is isolated or left behind due to poverty and/or inequality of opportunity. To accomplish this, we believe that we must address three primary areas of focus:
Promote the healthy growth, development, and learning of children
Increase access to good jobs
Promote strong families
The 2018 Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo Action Plan is complete! The Kalamazoo City Commission approved this document on March 5, 2018.
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