Green Infrastructure Framework


The backbone of good regional planning is a framework that integrates ecological processes into the heart of the region’s cultural and economic fabric. The regional Green Infrastructure Framework offers a planning and design approach to grow communities in ways that simultaneously tend to neighborhoods, commerce and nature.

The framework has evolved over several years of planning. It provides a roadmap for integrated processes and new approaches to protect, preserve and restore natural areas, while meeting social and economic needs at the same time.

Phase 1: Green Infrastructure Framework

The work of the Phase 1 Green Infrastructure Framework set the stage for quality of life that is based on regeneration — a process of analysis and engagement with the purpose of integrating living systems with human aspirations.

Phase 2: Green Infrastructure Playbook

The first edition of the Green Infrastructure Playbook offers integrated, site-based strategies that address ecological health, connections of diverse stakeholder groups and delivery of community and infrastructure services. Two projects received technical assistance — the Rock Island Corridor (Jackson County, Missouri/KCATA) and Shawnee Mission School District's Center for Academic Achievement.

Here We Grow: A Regional Policy Framework

Adoption of commonly held policies will provide consistent guidance across jurisdictions, sectors and practices in the region. During 2018, the process to develop a policy framework was defined by two Green Infrastructure Advisory Committee meetings and two regional stakeholder workshops. This process resulted in three overarching policy recommendations: updating local ordinances; updating stormwater engineering standards and planning guidelines; and better linking of conservation and transportation planning.

Further Reading: Related Content

Local government and stakeholder groups across the region are working to address challenging environmental, economic and social issues that impact human health and well-being. These climate resilience efforts keep our air and water clean, improve access to quality jobs, and offset food insecurity, stormwater runoff and urban heat island effects with healthy foods, green spaces and street trees.