City of Kalamazoo unveils ‘Imagine Kalamazoo 2025’

Kalamazoo City Commission
The May 1, 2017 meeting of the Kalamazoo City Commission.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — They call it “Imagine Kalamazoo 2025.”

It’s the city’s strategic and master plan for the next several years. City leaders have been working on the plan for months.

Now they are ready to get the public’s input before they make it final.

“The master plan is the document that’s meant to shape future development in the city,” said Christina Anderson, Kalamazoo city planner.

Kalamazoo city leaders released a draft of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 master plan to the public on Tuesday, which can be found here.

“In the next six weeks, it’s meant to be all comments,” said Anderson. “We’re trying to meet with as many neighborhoods as we can during that time.”

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 supports 10 strategic vision goals.

“I kind of call that the umbrella document that guides everything the city does from here forth,” said Anderson.

Those goals include shared prosperity, a connected city, inviting public places, environmental responsibility, a safe community, youth development, complete neighborhoods, strength through diversity, economic vitality and good governance.

City leaders will look to the plan and to those goals to help guide and shape city projects, policies and partnerships.

“It’s just an opportunity for us to collect comments, and be able to answer as many questions as we can before the public hearing,” said Anderson.

After this public comment period, the Planning Commission will need to approve the draft Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan. If adopted, city commission will give its final approval.

“Imagine Kalamazoo’s not really a finite process,” said Anderson. “I think anything that the city does requires continuous engagement and what the last 15 months were kind of a start of that.”