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Comprehensive Plan

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City of Union, Missouri
Comprehensive Plan

Adopted October 10, 2022

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A comprehensive plan is an official document adopted by the Planning Commission as a policy guide. The comprehensive plan helps direct decisions about the physical development of the community. The comprehensive plan is the legal and conceptual foundation for the City’s Zoning Code and all other land use regulations in the City. The comprehensive plan should be recognized and utilized as a flexible document to be interpreted within the broad spectrum of land development possibilities and ever changing conditions. This document addresses the planning elements defined in Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 89 Section 340, which sets forth the legal foundation for the authority, objectives, content and application of comprehensive plans.

The Union 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update includes chapters summarizing the City’s Existing Conditions, Critical Issues, Goals and Objectives, Future Land Use Elements, Transportation Plan, Planning Districts Program and an Implementation Program. The following is a brief summary of the key comprehensive plan components:

  • The Existing Conditions section includes an executive summary of the comprehensive planning process and resulting plan and a demographic analysis of Union’s socio-economic conditions and description of existing zoning and land uses.
  • The Critical Issues report is a summary of the most important concerns the community faces. Feedback from the Town Planning Meetings and stakeholder interviews will provide the basis for the development of the critical issues contained in this section. The goals and objectives developed for the Comprehensive Plan will directly respond to the citizen-driven critical issues facing the City of Union.
  • The Goals and Objectives of the community provide the framework for the Comprehensive Plan. This section will include policy statements and development recommendations that emerge during the Town Planning Meetings, interviews with city officials, and general research for the plan. The development and growth decisions a city makes should reflect the com-munity’s values and sense of what constitutes a reasonable quality of life. To help guide these decisions, the Comprehensive Plan provides a host of goals and objectives that reflect the citizen-driven values reflective of those held by the residents and business owners of Union.
  • The Community Facilities & Services Section will provide a baseline report on the existing services available to residents of Union, the condition of these services, recommendations for improving these services and implementation strategies to provide services to the proposed growth areas.
  • The Future Land Use & Transportation Section will review current land use and existing transportation conditions and provide recommendations for future growth, transportation improvements and open space preservation. The Future Land Use and Transportation Plans illustrate the recommended locations for future land use, including residential, commercial, industrial, recreation and the preservation of open space. The plan also analyzes the flow of traffic through the community. The Future Land Use & Transportation Plans are accompanied by a future land use matrix that provides a description for each future land use category and recommendations for implementation. Prior to approving future development, the City must review each development for compliance with the conditions, policies and standards applicable to the future land use category in which the proposed development is located. The intent of the Future Land Use & Transportation Plan and Map is to provide the focus and direction needed to make future land use and zoning decisions. The Future Land Use Map does not replace the zoning map; rather it provides the information needed to help implement the preferred future land use and development conditions.
  •  Finally, the Implementation Program presents specific actions that can be taken to enforce the Plan Elements and incrementally achieve the goals and objectives of the community. This section also advises the City how to make changes to the plan and identifies the steps necessary to amend the Comprehensive Plan.

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