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Kirkwood Kicks Off Comprehensive Code Update Project

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Post Date:05/30/2019 12:00 PM

The City of Kirkwood has kicked off a comprehensive update of the codes that regulate development throughout the City.  Called “Kirkwood by Design,” the development code update is an early step toward implementing the vision expressed through community planning efforts such as the EnVision Kirkwood 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Downtown Master Plan.  

The City hired Development Strategies and Compass Point Planning to update the City’s codes for zoning, subdivision, signs, and architectural review. These codes regulate how development occurs in residential neighborhoods and commercial districts.  The effort kicked off in early May with two days of stakeholder interviews and a meeting with a steering committee of City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission members. Residents will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed changes through traditional public meetings and a series of short online surveys.

The first survey on residential construction and accessory dwelling units (“granny flats”) is now available here:

To learn more, visit the project website at  On the project site, residents will also be able to track the project and sign up for email updates. The first public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 27 at Kirkwood City Hall, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.. The City’s consultant will make available information from a Code Diagnosis Report at that time, which is a high-level review of recommended changes.   Any feedback or input from the community will be considered before drafting any major changes to the City’s Code.

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