Westport District Master Plan
Westport Regional Business League, Historic Kansas City, City of KCMO, and Gould Evans
Westport is one of Kansas City's most distinct places. Although the District is incredibly economically productive for the City, business owners, property owners, and neighbors, it faces the typical challenges of any rapidly evolving neighborhood. With a popular historic entertainment destination at its core, the community recognized a need to manage growing redevelopment pressures, accessibility needs, and preservation.
The Westport District Master Plan provides an innovative approach to development planning that bases decisions on form and scale instead of use. The reason Westport is such a dynamic destination is its mix of use types and any plan that attempted to segregate use according to traditional planning practices would negatively impact the area’s context and authenticity. By setting guidelines for form and scale, while allowing for a continued mix of uses, the Westport District Master Plan is laying the groundwork for future development that contributes to the dynamic character of the District, while remaining sensitive to its historic building stock.