The City of Independence defined a need to complete a new plan for the Fairmount District that would encourage redevelopment, renew energy, safety and excitement. A complete and robust public engagement process towards the development of implementable recommendations for land use, transportation and environmental strategies within the Fairmount District was used for this project.
Specifically this plan was desired to accomplish the following goals:
• Equitably engage the Fairmount community and neighbors
• Create a plan for all forms of transportation, considering MoDOT requirements
• Create pedestrian connections throughout the area eliminating public safety hazards
• Create streetscape enhancements to improve the overall pedestrian experience
• Protect and restore the natural resources
• Facilitate revitalization efforts in the Fairmount District and surrounding neighborhoods
Within this master plan, the consultants evaluated the current direction for the area as documented in the 2006 US-24 Corridor Study and further explored the opportunity for a balanced system of vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure that results in reduced vehicle congestion and economically viable Fairmount District.
The total budget for this project was $90,000, with 80% funding coming from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) Program, and 20% coming from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
Draft Planning Commission minutes are attached to this Council agenda item.