Neighborhood Planning

The neighborhood planning process invites the diverse interests within a neighborhood to come together for the purpose of developing a shared vision. Neighborhood plans support livable and sustainable neighborhoods as outlined in the Columbia Imagined Comprehensive Plan.

Why embark on a neighborhood planning process?

  • Listed as a priority in Columbia Imagined
  • Build consensus about a shared long-range neighborhood vision
  • Provide neighbors with the opportunity to provide guidance for future development and redevelopment of land within or adjacent to residential neighborhoods
  • Provide developers with a clear understanding of neighbors’ desires and expectations
  • Strengthen neighborhood identities, character, and sense of pride by emphasizing and promoting unifying themes that make each neighborhood unique
  • Address basic infrastructure needs to maintain a healthy and functional living environment

How will the neighborhood plan be used and implemented?

  • Neighborhood future land use map (FLUM) will be created and used to inform future land use decision-making
  • Neighborhood infrastructure priorities will be weighed against city-wide needs, and coordinated with other area projects to maximize economy and honor the neighborhood’s wishes as possible

What is the methodology used for defining neighborhood planning areas?

  • Based on existing Neighborhood & HOA boundaries, Census Tract boundaries, major roadways, and natural boundaries
  • Priority will be given to areas lacking an existing neighborhood plan
  • History & Existing Conditions

Proposed Plan Deliverables

  • Future Land Use Map (FLUM): This map identifies existing and desired land uses based upon the categories identified in Columbia Imagined: The Plan for How We Live & Grow.  The FLUM may also identify specific desired businesses or development types for a particular parcel within the broader land use category. For example, within the Neighborhood District land use class, a neighborhood plan may identify the need for a coffee shop or corner store to meet neighborhood desires and needs.
  • Guide rezoning and redevelopment decisions: Land use planning and development decisions within the neighborhood planning areas will be evaluated based upon adopted neighborhood plans and FLUM. Rezonings may be initiated following the plan adoption and during development and redevelopment actions over time.
  • Capital facilities planning: Neighborhood plans will examine existing and planned infrastructure improvements, and identify infrastructure needs. Infrastructure will include “hard” infrastructure (roads, electric service, water service, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and transit service/facilities) and will often also include “soft” infrastructure as well, such as community facilities, gathering spaces, green spaces and public safety. The public realm may be enhanced through recommendations to improve streetscapes, landscaping, parks and green space, and connections to the trails networks. These capital needs will inform the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Major Roadway Plan (MRP), Sidewalk Master Plan, Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and other capital funding and planning documents.
  • Identify key opportunity areas: Neighborhood plans will identify areas for improvement or opportunity. This may include affordable housing, historic preservation, design standards, walkability, sustainability, environmental, and other livability concerns. Some neighborhoods may desire to enhance positive characteristics, such as the emphasis on art in the North Arts Village District. In some neighborhoods there are strategically-located areas characterized by underutilization or physical deterioration. Improving these areas can have a transformational effect, spurring investment in a much larger zone. This deliverable will likely look very different in different neighborhoods based upon their unique SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).
  • Community-based opportunities: Neighborhood plans are primarily land-use documents. However, the plans may identify other areas of community-based needs and opportunities, such as community health initiatives (access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity), crime and safety concerns beyond what may be related to the built environment, access to social services, and other community issues. Neighborhood plans will address and inform areas of need for other plans, policies, and programs for areas not directly addressed by land use and capital needs planning.

Completed Neighborhood Plans