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Overview:

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During the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 (IK2025) planning process, neighborhood plans were identified as a need. Neighborhood plans allow the neighborhood to focus on their neighborhood vision and realize the community’s Strategic Vision with small-scale or focused planning work. This resident driven process allows neighborhoods to take control of their future. The neighborhood planning process as laid out in the 2025 Master Plan does not have a required focus beyond aligning with the Strategic Vision and 2025 Master Plan goals. Through this process residents are encouraged to think about everything that impacts their daily wellbeing and futures. The resulting plans are comprehensive and leverage collaboration to achieve results.


PROJECT MANAGER:

Katie Reilly, Neighborhood Activator, reillyk@kalamazoocity.org


OBJECTIVES:

The Master Plan puts forth the goal to complete three neighborhood plans in 2018. The ultimate goal is to have plans in place for all 22 neighborhoods in the City of Kalamazoo. 


SCHEDULE:

  • Northside: Community Meetings were held in April, May, and June, NACD Board approved plan June 19th, Plan to go before Planning Commission for amendment to Master Plan on August 2nd
  • Eastside: Engagement started in March and continues, Plan drafting started in June, Momentum Building Project in August or September, Plan to go before Planning Commission for amendment to Master Plan in September or October
  • Vine: Engagement started in February and continues, Plan drafting now, Momentum building project in August,  Plan to go before Planning Commission for amendment to Master Plan in September or October
  • Edison: Engagement started in March and continues, Plan drafting in August or September
  • Oakwood: Engagement started in April and continues, Plan drafting starting now
  • Oakland Winchell: Engagement started in February and continues, Plan drafting in August

PARTNERSHIPS:

The following groups have been involved in one or more neighborhood planning effort: Vine Neighborhood Association, Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association,  Northside Association for Community Development, Oakwood Neighborhood Association, Edison Neighborhood Association,  Oakland Drive Winchell Neighborhood Association,  Woods Lake Association,  KVCC Food Innovation,  Michigan State University,  Western Michigan University,  Reading and Writing Kalamazoo,  LISC, Disability Network Southwest Michigan, Community Home Works,  Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services,  People’s Food Coop of Kalamazoo,  Senior Services, Building Blocks,   Metro,  KYD Net, Kalamazoo Collective Housing,  Open Roads,  K College,  OnePlace,  Kalamazoo Nature Center, Area Agency on Aging,  Grace Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo County Land Bank,  Fruit of the Vine, Bike the Zoo, ALPA, El Concilio Kalamazoo, Building Blocks, Eastside Network, Milwood Commons, Parkview Hills


STAFFING:

Community Planning and Economic Development


OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS:


CONSISTENT WITH PLANS:

Strategic Vision, Imagine Kalamazoo 2025


VISION:

Neighborhood Plans will:

  • Align with the Strategic Vision and Master Plan at the neighborhood scale.

  • Develop individual strategies needed to achieve neighborhood completeness.

  • Establish a unique neighborhood vision, goals, and actions for implementation.

  • Establish relationships within the neighborhood to support implementation.

  • Use IK 2025 input from residents as a place to start.


STRATEGIC VISION GOALS: 

Shared Prosperity, Connected City, Inviting Public Places, Environmental Responsibility, Safe Community, Youth Development, Complete Neighborhoods, Strength Through Diversity, Economic Vitality, Good Governance

Neighborhood Plans align with different Strategic Vision Goals depending on the neighborhood's priorities and goals.


METRICS:

# of plans completed and amended into the Master Plan


BUDGET:

Staff Time, $


FUNDING SOURCES:

FFE