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									KC Regional Planning Roundtable Agenda Item #2: MARC Report – Events/Announcements
(This list is not all-inclusive of relevant MARC initiatives – see www.marc.org for more

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
On March 3, the MARC Board approved roughly $49 million (about $22 million in Kansas and $27
million in Missouri) to local governments for transportation-related projects. Projects include $5
million to upgrade State Avenue near the old Indian Springs Mall in Kansas City, KS, and $8 million
for Kansas City, MO to replace the Troost Avenue Bridge over Brush Creek. More than 350 requests
were submitted by 56 government agencies across the area. Overall, a little more than $12 million
was allocated for Kansas City, MO, including $2.5 million for improvements to the interchange at
Missouri 9 and Briarcliff Parkway north of the Missouri River.

These funds are subject to the provisions of the existing Surface Transportation Program and must
be obligated by March 10, 2010, or they will be redistributed to other states that have fully
obligated their funds.

Contact Marc Hansen (816-701-8317, mhansen@marc.org) or Ron Achelpohl (816-701-8327,
rona@marc.org) for more information on the ARRA funding process.

MoDOT may make some Transportation Enhancements (TE) funding available to the Missouri
portion of MARC's transportation planning boundary in the Kansas City area. To be eligible to
receive these funds, project information must be submitted through the Web database by noon on
Friday, March 6, 2009. Contact Aaron Bartlett at 816-474-4240 or abartlett@marc.org for more
information on TE funds.

MARC’s ARRA webpage:

First Suburbs Coalition
The First Suburbs Coalition is partnering with the UMKC Design Studio to look at eight retail areas in
six different cities - Overland Park, Mission, Raytown, Grandview, Independence, and Gladstone.
The projects are located in retail locations or areas that are underperforming or have the potential
to underperform. The Design Studio is developing a profile of each area, as well as design and
market recommendations. The Design Studio will be presenting a preliminary report to the First
Suburbs Coalition on March 13, and hopes to complete their work by the end of April. Besides
actionable ideas and information for individual areas, the First Suburbs Coalition also hopes to
develop some common strategies that might assist other struggling retail areas.

Next First Suburbs Meeting: Friday, March 13 at 8 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell Center in Mission.
Please RSVP to Eliza Waterman at ewaterman@marc.org. Contact Dean Katerndahl at 816-701-
8243 or deank@marc.org for more information on the First Suburbs Coalition.

First Suburbs Coalition webpage:

MARC’s GIS Data Brochure
MARC’s GIS staff has compiled a data brochure and associated compact disc for distribution to local
governments and others who use GIS data in their planning activities. The disc includes GIS data
from the following regional projects: Smart Moves (transit), Paint the Town (land use), Natural
Resource Inventory, and MetroGreen (regional trails and greenways). Several cds are available for
distribution at the March 5 Planning Roundtable, and additional cds are available by sending your
contact information and mailing address to marc_gis@marc.org.

MARC’s GIS webpage:

Imagine KC
Imagine KC is a public input project that asks citizens to evaluate and provide feedback on a vision
for a sustainable future for the Kansas City region. This vision results from years of community
conversations and research. Imagine KC conducted a Kickoff event in October, 2008, and held four
subsequent workshops in diverse communities to verify elements of the vision.

The vision is actually a set of 13 strategies, which are divided into three groups:
        A region of vibrant places
        A well-connected region
        A green region

There are many ways to participate in this project, including the following: share your ideas in our
chat rooms; use the Conversation-in-a-Box kit; read and respond to our 13 strategies/13 days blog
series (starting April 1); watch the live TV public forum on KCPT at 7 p.m., Earth Day, April 22; or
attend a satellite event the night of April 22. Sign up for the Imagine KC mailing list to get the latest
information about what's going on. For more information, contact Dean Katerndahl at
deank@marc.org or Mell Henderson at mellh@marc.org.

Imagine KC webpage:

MARC’s Strategic Planning Process
In January, the MARC Board adopted the agency’s first ever Strategic Planning Framework. This
framework includes elements such as MARC’s Regional Vision, Key Regional Sustainability Principles
Supported by MARC, MARC’s Program Goals, and Strategies related to each Program Goal. MARC’s
Regional Vision is based on the vision outlined for the “America’s Green Region” initiative, which
seeks to create a region that simultaneously considers the economy, society, and environment
when making decisions.

Each of the seven Program Goals, which relate to areas in which MARC works, will ultimately
include additional detail such as actions, indicators, ways in which the goals contribute to a
sustainable region, and ways in which the goals integrate and align with the work of MARC’s
member governments. MARC staff will soon start working with its committees and staff members
to develop this additional detail.

For more information, contact Lisa Pool at 816-701-8338 or lpool@marc.org.

Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Outlook 2040
As the planning organization for metro Kansas City, MARC is required to develop a long-range
transportation plan that guides transportation decision making and funding decisions over a period
of several decades. Transportation Outlook 2040 will be the region's new long-term plan, looking
ahead 30 years. MARC is wrapping up Phase 1 of the planning process, which entails identification
of values and needs. Phase 2 will focus on strategy and priority development, and Phase 3 includes
plan development activities, including selection of transportation projects. The final plan is
expected to be adopted by the MARC Board in early 2010.

The project webpage includes multiple ways to get involved in the planning process, i.e.: take an
on-line survey, join the mailing list, request a MARC staff person to engage your office/group in the
planning process, or comment on-line r.e. draft plan goals. For more information, contact Tom
Gerend at tgerend@marc.org.

Transportation Outlook 2040 webpage:

Technical Forecast Committee – Paint the Town
The Technical Forecast Committee is in the process of making land use forecasts for input into
MARC’s Long-range Transportation Plan. These forecasts, which go out to 2040, convert land use
into future population and employment, and are used to estimate future travel demands that must
be accommodated by the region’s transportation system. To make these forecasts, the Committee
assembled the land use plans of the area’s local jurisdictions into a single regional planned land use
map. This map then tells MARC’s forecasting model, Paint the Town, how areas are expected to
develop, but not when.

The timing of development is determined by MARC’s estimates of development probability, which
are based on statistical models calibrated to reflect the relative importance of things like
accessibility to employment, proximity to roads and highways, income, and the availability of
sewered land. By varying the proportions of development that are assumed to occur in new vs.
existing areas or concentrated in nodes and corridors vs. spread out to low-density areas, Paint the
Town can be used to develop a variety of future land use scenarios.

The Committee is currently working on identifying current and future nodes of development, as
well as specifying the likely range of assumptions to be evaluated as part of the LRTP. Contact Frank
Lenk at flenk@marc.org for more information.

Technical Forecast Committee’s webpage:

In early 2008, MARC was awarded funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Eco-Logical
grant program, which supports making infrastructure more sensitive to wildlife and ecosystems
through greater interagency cooperation and conservation. With this grant, MARC is working with

the consulting team of Shockey Consulting Services, LLC, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Environment
International, Ltd., to hold four workshops to build a better understanding of Eco-Logical principles
and to develop a Linking Environmental and Transportation Planning Action Plan, utilizing workshop

This work to shape a strategy for better integrating environmental and transportation planning will
impact the next update of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Outlook 2040, and
create a more sustainable regional transportation system.

Workshop #4, the last workshop in a four-workshop series, will be held on April 10 from 10 am –
1:30 pm, in the MARC Board Room. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to
review an updated Linking Environmental and Transportation Planning Action Plan. Then, there will
be a facilitated discussion to develop a strategy for moving this process forward. It is our hope that
this final session will result in a final version of the action plan, including a regional mitigation
framework and implementation strategy. Contact Lisa Pool at 816-701-8338 or lpool@marc.org for
more information on this workshop, as well as a related Advisory Group (next Advisory Group
meeting: March 9 from 10 – 11:30 pm, MARC Board Room).

Project webpage:


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