Excelsior Springs Comprehensive Plan

Excelsior Springs, MO

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Community Planning Overview:

Excelsior Springs is a community of 12,000 just 30 minutes from Kansas City. The city has a rich history as a resort community, growing in the late 1880s from the healing mineral waters in the area. This history combined with the city's unique physical features create both opportunities and challenge. Past development patterns and challenging topography tended to divide the city into isolated sections. The community plan for Excelsior Springs is built on the city's physical, architectural, and historical features and knits them together into a community network that permeates the town. The city's growth program has clear objectives, based on smart growth principles that will help decision makers guide growth in a way that will ultimately build a unified and fully healthy community. The plan included a detailed strategy for the historic downtown and struggling residential areas surrounding the downtown. The plan, and planning process, also assisted the city in coming to agreement on a site for a future community center, an issue that had divided the community members for a number of years.