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Community Planning


Planning is a rational way of preparing for the future. The comprehensive or general plans of local governments are goal driven documents that represent a vision and a guide for desirable future physical development and attempt to reconcile the relationships between physical development and the social and economic goals of the community.

The plan is a comprehensive inventory of elements and resources that affect community development. Typical plan elements include; demographics and population projections, land-use, transportation, community facilities, natural and cultural resources, housing and economic development. Information from these elements is used to develop alternatives and strategies for arriving at the communities preferred future development goals.

SMCOG has prepared numerous plans for communities in southwest Missouri. Currently, staff are working with the planning and zoning commission in Rockaway Beach to develop their first comprehensive plan.

Rockaway Beach, MO
Southwest Missouri Council of Governments
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
Phone (417) 836-6900
Fax (417) 836-4146
Email: Diane May
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