Imagine Kalamazoo builds on the good work that is already being done throughout the city. We will be featuring stories from the city, community, and region that inspire the plans that are being done in our city as well as featured updates on the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan process.

Walking Audits this fall will Help Inform Street Design

The next opportunity to get involved in the Street Design Project is by participating in Walking Audits this fall. A walking audit is an assessment of the walkability or pedestrian access of a place. 

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Downtown Streets Design Meeting on August 21

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 21 to begin the process of planning the future design of these streets. The meeting will be held at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at 435 W South Street from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Please join the discussion and share your ideas on how these streets can best contribute to the vision for Kalamazoo's future!

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Natural Features Protection Overlay District Approved by Kalamazoo City Commission

The Natural Features Protection Overlay District was approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission on May 20, 2019.

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Oakwood Neighborhood Plan Approved for Amendment to the Master Plan

The Oakwood Neighborhood Plan 2019 was approved for amendment to the Master Plan by the Planning Commission on February 7, 2019 and the Kalamazoo City Commission on March 4, 2019.

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Applicants Sought for Proposed Natural Features Protection Review Board

The City of Kalamazoo is seeking applicants for the proposed Natural Features Protection (NFP) Review Board through May 3, 2019. This board is being created as part of the Natural Features Protection Overlay Ordinance.

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Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Proposed Natural Features Protection Zoning Overlay Ordinance and Map

On Tuesday April 9, 2019 the Planning Commission recommended to the City Commission approval of the proposed Natural Features Protection Zoning Overlay Ordinance and map. Draft 4 of the ordinance is available here and will go to City Commission next to seek final approval.

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Question Responses & Third Draft of Natural Features Protection Zoning Overlay Ordinance Available

The third draft of the Natural Features Protection Zoning Overlay Ordinance is available. The third draft of the ordinance will go to Planning Commission on Tuesday April 9. Responses to questions and comments from the Community Wide Meeting are also available.

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Staff Feature: Jamie McCarthy

Our Staff Feature this month is Jamie McCarthy, the Development Project Coordinator at the City of Kalamazoo. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management. She’s currently working on projects related to the City’s goal of Environmental Responsibility including the Natural Features Protection Overlay and Sustainability Plan.

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Natural Features Protection Ordinance - 3.25.19 Update

We want to thank everyone who attended the community wide meeting last Thursday to learn and share input on the Draft Natural Features Protection Zoning Overlay Ordinance. We will be accepting input on the second draft of the ordinance online through tomorrow, Tuesday March 26, 2019

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City Departments Work Together to Inform Residents of Upcoming Construction Projects

During IK2025 City Staff heard loud and clear that communication is key to reaching and supporting a shared vision throughout City projects. One way the City is working to meet this need is by engaging residents about upcoming construction projects.

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