Original Town Neighborhood Plan

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Adopted Neighborhood Plan

Printed copies of the plan are available in the Development Services Department Office.


For more information on the Original Town Neighborhood Plan, contact Jim Cadoret at (816) 892-3030 or

Creation of Original Town Overlay Zoning District

One of the recommendations contained in the Original Town Neighborhood Plan was to create an overlay zoning district to address land use and development in the neighborhood. Overlay zoning allows existing land use patterns to remain and can provide both flexibility and control beyond the conventional zoning districts. Use restrictions in the overlay district can provide added protections against intrusive commercial uses in the neighborhood. In addition to regulations on use, the overlay district should provide development regulations tailored to the area.

In addition to the overlay district standards, design guidelines for residential and commercial development have been created. The design guidelines are recommendations that were based on comments received from residents during the Original Town Neighborhood planning process. The design guidelines are aimed at restoring and preserving the historic character of the Original Town neighborhood and adding value to the neighborhood over time.

Original Town Neighborhood Plan Status

On May 5, 2009 the Raymore Planning and Zoning Commission adopted the Original Town Neighborhood Plan into the city's Growth Management Plan. The plan makes recommendations to the City and to the general public regarding the future development and redevelopment of the Original Town Neighborhood. Recommendations in the areas of land use, zoning and infrastructure are aimed at accomplishing the following goals:

  • Preserving and enhancing the neighborhood's housing stock and infrastructure
  • Adding value to the area through a mix of public and private investment
  • Providing support for existing local businesses
  • Encouraging development and redevelopment that is compatible with the neighborhood
  • Building a shared sense of community among residents
  • Increasing the safety and stability of the neighborhood; and
  • Enhancing the neighborhood's sense of place through good urban design

About the Original Town Neighborhood Plan

Neighborhood planning aims to create unique and sustainable neighborhoods that are effectively integrated into the larger community. Informed citizens who collectively plan for a neighborhood’s future can decrease an area’s vulnerability to typical cycles of uncontrolled growth and decline. The planning process encourages residents to construct an ambitious vision for their neighborhood by focusing on preserving and enhancing the area’s assets and constructively considering its challenges. This is accomplished by addressing a comprehensive range of issues including land use, housing, economic development, infrastructure, and social needs.

The unique character and history of the Original Town neighborhood make it an ideal place to conduct a neighborhood planning process. The older homes, local business, and grid street network are unlike any other development in Raymore. A comprehensive planning strategy aimed at recapturing the neighborhood’s vibrant and successful past and creating a renewed sense of place could benefit residents, business, and the City as a whole.

The Original Town area includes residences and businesses located between South Madison Street and Monroe Street, south of Highway 58 and north of Elm Street. Properties on the west side of South Madison are also included, along with properties on Monroe Street north of the Monroe Park subdivision.

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