Policy Recommendation 2:
Create more Focused Growth Patterns

Objective 2.1:
Develop a comprehensive vision for future development.
  1. MARC must launch in the next two years a visioning process to increase the understanding of and provide direction on metropolitan growth, transportation, natural resource protection, housing, and economic prosperity.
  2. Focus on building regional citizenship, establishing desired outcomes for the region's physical form, and improving connections between regional organizations

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Objective 2.2:
Implement a regional “cores and corridors” strategy.
  1. Refocus development along major corridors, with the goal of increasing the region's share of population in these areas
  2. Design a multi-modal transit system that links and expands the region's nodes of density and modify zoning to encourage transit-oriented development around these nodes

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Objective 2.3:
Create a region-wide affordable housing strategy.
  1. MARC should take the lead in conducting a full assessment of where low- and moderate-income housing is currently located and where it needs to be expanded.
    1. Include an evaluation of the current allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits
  2. Kansas City local government leaders should work with the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association to develop voluntary, incentive-based programs in which private developers would produce a portion of units in their projects for low-income working families. Incentives might include density bonuses or tax abatements.

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