KANSAS CITY, MO – In an effort to define potential economic development opportunities available with the construction of a regional transit system, Jackson County is participating in a series of transit oriented development (TOD) workshops this week with various municipalities throughout the county.
The workshops will help the county define a regional vision for TOD along with information on how to maximize development and land use opportunities near a mass transit system. Cities participating include Independence, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove, and Grain Valley. Staff members from each participating municipality are discussing economic development and land use opportunities for their specific communities.
A final report from the workshops will be presented on Wednesday, February 8 at 1:00 P.M. The presentation will take place at the Independence Regional Ennovation Center (201 North Forest Avenue, Independence, Missouri).
The report will include a set of recommendations and next steps that outline a potential vision of transit oriented development along the I-70 and Rock Island corridors in Jackson County.
The TOD workshops are a part of the Alternatives Analysis study currently underway in Jackson County along the I-70 and Rock Island commuter corridors. When complete, this study will help identify future mass transit options along these corridors. The Alternatives Analysis is being completed in partnership with Jackson County, the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, and the Mid-America Regional Council.