City seeks input from residents

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Citizens who participate in Cassville's Master Plan workshop will be invited to a follow-up review session that will be held in the Cassville Intermediate School cafeteria from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. The workshop is scheduled to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

"The results coming from this workshop are very important and will become an integral part of the master plan," said Mayor Tracy Holle. "This is an opportunity for everyone to have a say about and contribute to the future vision of our city."

Residents who attend either the workshop or the review session are asked to park in the superintendent's lot and enter the intermediate school through the main entrance. Master plan meeting signs will mark the path to the cafeteria, which is located on the lower level of the building.

Workshop participants will use aerial photos of the city, charts, graphs of the area and other visual aids to help them understand current and future development opportunities.

Participants will be asked to provide their thoughts on a variety of topics, including downtown redevelopment and future use of residential areas, commercial areas, industrial centers and public space. Workshop participants will also be asked to provide comments about current and future infrastructure development, such as streets, sidewalks, sanitation sewer and water and storm water management.

The public input workshop will be conducted by master planning consultants Bucher, Willis and Ratliff (BWR) of Kansas City, which the city council hired in March to complete Cassville's master plan.

The master plan, which will guide the city's growth over the next few decades, includes a five-year capital improvement proposal that will address several top-priority infrastructure projects. The plan will be based upon the scenario of the city's population doubling in size, from 3,000 to 6,000 by 2030.

The visionary document will address transportation, commercial and residential development, parks and recreation, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic growth. The plan will also be used to pursue grants and governmental funding for future projects.

Master planning services provided by BWR will cost the city around $142,700. The consulting services included a community survey that local residents completed in June. The city received more than a 30 percent response on the community surveys.

The current summary of the master planning process is available on the City of Cassville website at

For more information, call the economic development office at 417-847-4441, extension 12.

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