A community plan is a public document which contains specific proposals for future land uses and public improvements in a given community. Based off engagement with local residents and community leaders, it provides policies and a long-range physical development guide for elected officials and citizens engaged in community development.
One of our top priorities for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan is ensuring it will spur equitable investment and action in the community. In order to accomplish this, we are developing the plan so that it can be adopted as an official plan by the City of St. Louis, meaning the recommendations will influence all future development in the area.
Typical elements found in a community plan include:
- Land Use
- Urban Design
- Public Facilities and Services
- Natural and Cultural Resources
- Economic Development
- and More
The Gravois-Jefferson Planning team looks toward several examples as best practices, due to their strong community engagement and relevance of recommendations:
- Walnut Hills Reinvestment Plan (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Skinker Debaliviere Neighborhood (St. Louis, Missouri)
- The Washington Park Plan (Chicago, Illinois)
- Hamtramck Master Plan (Hamtramck, Michigan)
To learn more about community and urban planning, the American Planning Association has a lot of additional information available online.