Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) Grant Program


MARC's regional vision of vibrant, green and connected centers and corridors is central to both the Creating Sustainable Places (CSP) initiative and to Transportation Outlook 2040, the region's long-range transportation plan.

MARC’s Total Transportation Policy Committee (TTPC) and the CSP Coordinating Committee joined forces in 2012 to launch the Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program, a combined initiative to provide communities with pre-development resources to advance sustainable projects in their corridors and centers.

Available Funding

$750,000 — U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Grant Program

$425,000 — Missouri Surface Transportation Program Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program (FFY 2013)
$400,000 — Kansas Surface Transportation Program Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program (FFY 2013)

A joint task group, with representation from both of these committees, developed the criteria for eligibility and outline the award process. MARC issued a call for projects that closed on Aug. 29, 2012.


69PV Sustainable Places Plan

Clay County, in collaboration with the City of Pleasant Valley, Village of Claycomo, and NNI (Northland Neighborhoods Inc.) submitted a response to the MARC call for projects entitled "69PV Corridor Sustainable Place Plan", or “69PV Plan” and the “Plan” for short.  The Plan was awarded as one of the first PSP projects in the metro areas.

Click here for the 69PV Plan response to the MARC call for projects.

The Plan was a comprehensive planning effort aimed at exploring the most sustainable approach to (re)development throughout the proposed study area. The plan encourages new infill/(re)development along a principle transportation corridor that creates a vibrant, livable, and walkable community with diversified options for housing, employment, access to natural and historic resources, transit, mobility and connectivity between the major nodes and beyond.

The 69PV Plan study area follows the US 69 Highway / Pleasant Valley Road corridors and covers approximately 2.65 miles in length with 500 feet in width along either side of the corridor. The Plan’s study area across the majority of the corridor includes a number of disjointed, mostly incompatible commercial businesses along with a sprinkling of a few residential properties, with mostly wide open access to the roadway.

The project commenced from August through November of 2013 that resulted in the final plan document below.

Final Plan

Click here to view the final approved 69PV Sustainable Places Plan [file size 5.7 MB].


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Clay County

Planning & Zoning Department


Kipp Jones



234 W. Shrader

Suite C
Liberty, Missouri 64068

phone: (816) 407-3380
fax: (816) 407-3381