Community Planning

Community Planning

Since its inception in 1968, Mo-Kan Regional Council has provided its member communities with an array of professional services in the area of community planning, including grant operation and writing and seeking solutions for economic development challenges. 

Through planning, program coordination, advocacy and technical assistance, Mo-Kan staff strives to make the region and its communities a better place to live and work. Mo-Kan serves its member communities by providing a forum for regional collaboration and discussion. Through regional partnership, community representatives can come together to tackle common obstacles and reach common goals. 

Xue Wood, disaster recovery planner, developed a plan utilizing CDBG Supplemental Disaster resources. The plan is a long-range policy document based on data analysis and land-use planning theories. It provides the legal, political and logical rationale behind a community's disaster-management program and, ultimately, settlement patterns within Andrew and Buchanan County jurisdictions over a twenty- to thirty-year time frame. 

In the past Mo-Kan has hosted workshops to get local communities “StormReady.” National Weather Service and Emergency Management officials describes the process for getting communities, small businesses and other organizations "StormReady."

Mo-Kan has also held one-day workshops about GIS (Geographic Information Systems), land-use planning, and disaster recovery. Click below to learn more about each of these programs.

Comprehensive Community Plans - Natural disasters generally impact people in three important ways: interrupting income, reducing personal assets and destroying essential public infrastructure. The risk of disaster arises when hazards interact with physical, social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. 

View the Buchanan County Community Plan here. 


Community Development and Grant Administration: 
Much of Mo-Kan’s efforts continue to focus on the preparation and management of member communities’ grant programs. Through regional partnership, community representatives can come together to tackle common obstacles and reach common goals. Mo-Kan provides grant writing services for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and other funding sources to member communities.


Recent CDBG projects include:
A downtown sidewalk project in Atchison, Kan.
Exterior improvements at DeKalb County’s Nutrition Center.
Street improvement projects in Stewartsville.
The Savannah School District received $1,000,000 in CDBG funding to construct an Early Childhood Education Facility that opened in 2018. 
Community Action Partnership (CAP) received $500,000 in CDBG funds to renovate an existing building to serve as a Head Start facility in Cameron, Mo, which is expected to open in late 2019.