Comprehensive Community Plans

Comprehensive Community Plans

Mo-Kan will conclude the Buchanan County Comprehensive Community Plan in early 2018.


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.

Mo-Kan Regional Council develops a disaster mitigation and recovery plan through land-use planning. As a result of the federally declared disasters in 2008, the Missouri Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program made available disaster recovery funds for long-term disaster recovery efforts in Andrew and Buchanan counties. Inappropriate land use increases the vulnerability of a community. With a goal of enhancing disaster relief and reducing disaster risk, as well as maintaining community sustainability,

In the past, these two counties suffered primarily from flooding, tornados, drought, heat wave, severe winter weather, severe thunderstorms and wildfires. While other types of disasters may be less likely to occur in the region, communities should also prepare for other disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, hailstorms and health disasters.

Buchanan County Comprehensive Plan Background

Buchanan County contracted with Mo-Kan to complete a comprehensive land-use plan. Land-use planning seeks to order and regulate land use in an efficient and ethical way so the governmental entity can plan for the needs of the community while protecting natural resources. It is the systematic assessment of land and water, economic and social conditions. Land-use planning should provide a vision for the future possibilities of development or non-development of land.

The goal of land-use planning is to further the welfare of the people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient and attractive environments for present and future generations. A comprehensive plan utilizes research of existing resources, demographics and public input for a complete picture of the county’s assets and where improvements are needed.       

Process and Funding

On March 22, 2011, Buchanan County Commission (in cooperation with Andrew County) received $89,190 for long-term disaster planning on behalf of Mo-Kan Regional Council. It is pursuant to the authority of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383) and commonly referred to as the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Mo-Kan uses this funding and provides an additional $4,000 through a local match. Additional sources will be leveraged to maximize the efficiency of the limited supplemental funds, including Andrew and Buchanan counties' Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs). The HMPs will be used to pull additional resources into the planning activities. By marrying these two efforts, Andrew and Buchanan counties’ officials believe the final product will be more meaningful and useful.

The grant, originally from Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which follows regulations at 24 CFR Part 570, the State's fiscal 2010 Consolidated Plan, the State's fiscal 2009 CDBG Administrative Manual and the State's fiscal 2010 CDBG Program Guidelines. Later, HUD issues the grant to Missouri’s Department of Economic Development (DED), where Buchanan County and Andrew County get the financial assistance.

Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Plan:

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. 

Other Activities:

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.

Human Service Transit Plan

The Mo-Kan Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Coordinated Plan was prepared following the guidelines set for the by Missouri Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. The guidelines were followed to meet the requirements of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).

The legislation mandated that planning take place on a local level and that transit providers and human service agencies coordinate collectively to better serve transit users. From this process, the plan shall be developed to identify areas where both transit and service providers may improve effectiveness and efficiency.

Healthy Watershed Plan

Mo-Kan, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, hosted a series of meetings to collect information and input to form the Independence-Sugar Healthy Watershed Plan. The plan outlined the concerns, goals and objectives for the Independence-Sugar watershed.

This watershed encompasses portions of eight counties in Kansas and Missouri. State agencies, county and city officials, residents, business owners, farmers, and others interested in protecting and preserving our waterways for our future, attended the meetings and provided input.