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September 28, 2020, 3:57 PM

Updated Draft Map for Community Review

Thank you to everyone who has shared their input on mapping natural features for protection. As a result of community input, City staff are recommending 47 additional parcels be added to the Natural Features Protection (NFP) Overlay district.

The updated draft NFP map with these parcels added is now available online. You can review the map and share any comments or input you have at www.imaginekalamazoo.com/projects/nfp2 Comments and input will continue to be collected on the project page up until the Planning Commission meeting on November 5.

NFP Board Review on September 29

The draft map will be reviewed and considered for recommendation by the Natural Features Protection Review Board at their meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19 this public meeting will be held electronically and streamed live on the City's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Public comments can be made on September 29th between 3:30 p.m. and the end of the public comment period by calling (269) 226-6573 and leaving a recording.

Meeting Agenda: https://www.kalamazoocity.org/docman/boards-commissions/natural-features-protection-review-board/6787-natural-features-protection-review-board-agenda-september-29-2020/file

Meeting Notice: https://www.kalamazoocity.org/news/700-electronic-meeting-notice-natural-features-protection-review-board-september-29-2020

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September 23, 2020, 10:18 AM

Thank you to everyone who has shared their input on Downtown zoning. Based on this input we have prepared a draft zoning map, code, and tables for review. The next steps will be a virtual town hall on September 24, followed by Planning Commission review on October 1.

Draft Documents: www.imaginekalamazoo.com/projects/downtownzoning

Downtown Zoning Virtual Town Hall on September 24

We will be hosting a virtual town hall on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. to answer questions and discuss the proposed updates to the zoning code downtown. The town hall will be streamed live to the City’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

We invite you to submit questions for discussion before the town hall by emailing hello@kalamazoocity.org, posting on the Facebook event page, or by calling (269) 226-6573 and leaving a recording starting at 12p.m. on September 24. Questions can also be submitted by commenting on the live stream during the town hall.

Planning Commission on October 1

The Planning Commission will be reviewing the proposed zoning updates at their next meeting on Thursday, October 1 at or after 7 p.m. Due to COVID-19 this public meeting will be held electronically and streamed live on the City's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Check www.kalamazoocity.org/notices for meeting details and information on providing public comment.

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September 11, 2020, 10:08 AM

What natural areas are important to you? Is there a place you visit to enjoy some peace and quiet or a place that you enjoy watching wildlife? Let us know by pinning those spots on the draft Natural Features Protection map at www.opentownhall.com/9337

The deadline to submit input is Friday, September 18. All public feedback will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the final map recommendation by the Natural Features Protection Review Board at the September 22 board meeting, which will be held virtually and is open to the public.

The vision of the Natural Features Protection Ordinance and Overlay District is to achieve long-term protection and management of Natural Features for public enjoyment and environmental health. More information on this project is available on the Imagine Kalamazoo project page.

As always, thank you for your input!

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September 4, 2020, 6:57 PM

Thank you for sharing your comments on downtown zoning this summer! This feedback has been incorporated into a draft zoning map, which is available for review and comment. Take a moment to review the proposed districts and permitted uses downtown! The deadline for feedback is Tuesday, September 8.

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July 18, 2020, 11:54 AM

If you haven’t already, please be sure to share your input on Downtown zoning. Your input will help us create a zoning code for Downtown that matches the community’s vision.

  • Mapping Activity: Complete a short mapping activity to review and share feedback on proposed zoning maps.
  • Development Project Survey: If you have opened a business or developed a building Downtown, share you feedback on the review and approvals process you went through for you project(s).

The goal of this project is to create a zoning code that is clear and easy to understand, creates predictable outcomes for development, and ultimately help to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown. More information on this project is available here. You can also provide feedback by calling 269-226-6524.

As always, thank you for your input!

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July 9, 2020, 4:43 PM

Hello!

We have recently launched two new surveys on the Open Town Hall platform to collect input for the Downtown Zoning Code Update. Your input will help us create a zoning code for Downtown that matches the community’s vision.

  • Mapping Activity: Complete a short mapping activity to review and share feedback on proposed zoning maps.
  • Development Project Survey: If you have opened a business or developed a building Downtown, share you feedback on the review and approvals process you went through for your project(s).

The goal of this project is to create a zoning code that is clear and easy to understand, creates predictable outcomes for development, and ultimately help to achieve the community’s vision for Downtown. More information on this project is available here.

The second phase of engagement for this project will look more specifically at the zoning standards including a discussion on permitted uses, marihuana business locations, building height, and parking. Later this summer, the standards and maps will be combined into a complete draft for the community to review and confirm before being discussed at Planning Commission and City Commission this fall.

You can also provide feedback by calling 269-226-6524. As always, thank you for your input!

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September 13, 2017, 4:01 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in the  Imagine Kalamazoo process. The Draft Master Plan is available for your review and comment. Please click here to view a copy and add your comments via Open Town Hall.

In addition to being online, the document can also be found at all City library branches, City Hall, City Offices at Stockbridge, neighborhood association offices, WMU student center, Kalamazoo College library, KVCC-Anna Whitten Hall, Station 702, and Walnut & Park.

The comment period runs through Friday, September 15th at 11:59PM. Comments can be made directly online by clicking here, on the comment sheets provided with each paper copy, or by emailing Christina Anderson, City Planner at andersonc@kalamazoocity.org.

Thank you,

City of Kalamazoo Staff

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August 3, 2017, 4:46 PM

We need your help!  City Staff want to know what your definition of a complete neighborhood is!  

Considering IK 2025 feedback and best practices information, five criteria stand out as elements of Kalamazoo’s definition:

  • Ability to meet daily needs
  • Access to parks and open space
  • Walkability
  • Access to transit and bicycle networks.
  • Access to food

Help us define what a complete neighborhood in Kalamazoo looks like to you!

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August 2, 2017, 2:29 PM

Hello!  Thank you for subscribing to receive announcements from Open Town Hall.  We wanted to notify everyone that the Draft Master Plan is online and accepting public comment!  We want to hear from you!  The plan can be seen here, and your comments can be submitted through Open Town Hall (click on the read more link to access) through September 15th.

Thank you! 

City of Kalamazoo Staff

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June 21, 2017, 10:23 AM

Hello!  Thank you for subscribing to receive announcements from Open Town Hall.  We wanted to notify everyone that the Draft City-Wide Strategic Vision is online and accepting public comment!  We want to hear from you!  The plan can be seen here, and your comments can be submitted through Open Town Hall (click on the read more link to access).

Thank you! 

City of Kalamazoo Staff

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