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What do you think makes Kearney what it is? What are our strongest community assets? What challenges concern you the most, and how should we face them as a community? What specific goals should we set for the next 20 years?

In short, what is YOUR vision for Kearney 2035 and beyond?

The City of Kearney is starting a process to create a new Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). The Comprehensive Plan makes basic policy choices and provides a flexible framework for adapting to real conditions over time. The initial building blocks of the Comp Plan will include "frameworks" such as land use, character, transportation, neighborhoods, parks and trails, infrastructure, and implementation.

Did You Miss Public Workshop #2 on April 27th?

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As part of the Comprehensive plan process, hundreds of ideas for the future of Kearney have been submitted through the past several months. The ideas have varied, and are not always in agreement. Three “What if growth Scenarios” have been created to compare alternatives and that study the implications of the differing ideas. Now we need to know what ideas you like and dislike, and how effective you think these growth patterns are in achieving the Kearney community’s objectives.

To view the survey properly, open in Google Chrome. If your default browser is Internet Explorer it will work. However, your viewing experience will not be optimal.

Tell Us What You Think In 3 Simple Steps!

Step 1: If you are new to the process, look at “what the community has said so far” at Downloads Page
Step 2: To learn more about these “scenario options” review the presentation and workbook at Then start the survey. Workshop Workbook
Step 3: Short on time, then start the survey now!

Public Workshop #2 - Wednesday, April 27th - Shape Your Family’s Future!
This workshop asked participants to provide feedback on three "What if Scenarios". Where we should locate new jobs, homes, and open space; "how" and "where" the City of Kearney should grow; and which scenario elements will make Kearney a better place to live, not just bigger?

Each was illustrated in a "workbook" with its’ own map and story to tell for the future of Kearney. Each showed a different way Kearney could absorb more people, implement different land use patterns, provide mobility options, and manage change over time.

What makes one scenario better than another? To help participants compare scenarios, each of the three "What If Scenarios" had its own set of "indicators" for things like acres of land developed or quality of life issues. Participants were asked to evaluate elements of each scenario using a list of 7 qualitative criteria. The workshop results will inform the development of a final Preferred Future Growth Scenario for Kearney. It will combine the best aspects of the different scenarios.

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Thank you to everyone for attending the "Big Ideas" Public Workshop #1!
We had great discussion with and participation from those who attended about the future of Kearney. Participants were asked to tap into their creative energy to give Kearney their ideas by asking: What do you think makes Kearney what it is? What are our strongest community assets? What challenges concern you the most, and how should we face them as a community? What is YOUR vision for Kearney 2030 and beyond? The results will inform upcoming stages of the planning process.

See the results on the "Downloads" page.

The community survey results are in!
The community survey will inform upcoming stages of the planning process. The following are a few select highlights:
Twenty-six total questions were asked. The following are a few select highlights:
  • Over 73% of respondents were residents.
  • Over 53% of respondents have lived in Kearney over 10 years.
  • 63% believe that Kearney has experienced a good rate of residential growth.
  • 91% said they value... "The strong sense of community, collaborative spirit and small town values."
  • 94% believe the efficient movement of traffic should be a priority for the future.
  • 43% felt that future growth should be less than the current rate of growth.
  • Respondents identified 4 key issues that must be addressed to maintain quality of life:
    Maintain the quality of roads
    Manage traffic congestion & parking
    Attract new and different businesses, retail & housing
    Retain Kearney’s "sense of community"
To view a copy of the Survey Summary go to the "Downloads" page.

What we heard you say!
The stakeholder interviews consisted of citizens and civic leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, who have a big picture attitude about Kearney. The results will inform upcoming stages of the planning process. To view a detailed summary of each Group, go to the "Downloads" page.

Learn about Kearney’s existing conditions.
A first step with any planning process is determining “where are we now?” The Snapshot Summary establishes a foundation of facts about the City of Kearney. It is not an exhaustive inventory; rather, it focuses on data that will help inform the overall Comprehensive Plan. To view a copy of the Snapshot go to the "Downloads" page.


Project Contact

For more information, contact:
Name: David Pavlich
Phone: 816-903-4731

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