The City of University City has initiated a community visioning process to identify what our community could be like in 2040. The comprehensive planning process will determine guidelines for how we can get there.
In addition to identifying our strengths, weaknesses, values and priorities, the visioning process will give residents, business owners, local institutions, and other stakeholders the opportunity to express ideas about our future.
Through a series of meetings, workshops, surveys, and growth-scenario comparisons facilitated by local leaders, participants will create a vision, including written materials that reflect our goals and priorities and describe how our community should look and feel in the years to come.
U. City’s visioning process will encompass the next two decades. While a visioning process can be a standalone project, our results will serve as a foundation upon which the City’s comprehensive planning process, which is expected to commence in early 2022, will be built.
The City has contracted with Future iQ, a company that specializes in helping communities conduct collaborative visioning projects.
A task force will be established in September 2021, which will be comprised of representatives from our boards and commissions. In addition, over the next few months, public engagement will occur digitally and in-person to capture input from the community as we continue to navigate a changing COVID-19 environment.
We want to hear from you! The success and longevity of this community visioning process depends upon a high level of participation and input. To stay engaged in the U City Vision 2040 and receive information about the visioning process as it develops and reminders about meetings and events, please email UCLife@ucitymo.org. If you have questions or concerns, please call (314) 505-8533.
COMMUNITY SURVEY: University City Vision 2040 will begin with a survey that asks about a wide range of issues that are shaping the future of our community. This survey will run concurrently with other phases of the visioning process, including in-person engagement. Although the survey will remain open through the end of the project, it’s important that we receive high levels of participation before the October Think Tank. Links to this online survey are available at https://lab2.future-iq.com/university-citys-community-visioning-project/.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS: To ensure that we secure input from a wide range of stakeholders, the visioning process will also include approximately 10 community engagement sessions in the weeks following the Think Tank. Held throughout the community, these small group sessions will further explore some of the issues identified in the survey and Think Tank sessions, as well as explore additional trends, challenges, and strengths. Small groups may include faith leaders, business owners, educators, neighborhood associations and/or other similar groups. A schedule for these sessions will be available at https://future-iq.com/project/university-city-missouri-usa-2021-2022/ and www.ucitymo.org/Vision2040.
OCTOBER THINK TANK: In-person engagement will begin with the Think Tank, which will highlight some of the results from the survey and produce plausible scenarios through in-depth planning with numerous stakeholders. The entire community is invited to participate. The City will also invite representatives from community institutions to be involved to ensure well rounded representation. Two Think Tank sessions be held and for continuity, it’s important that as many attendees as possible participate in both sessions. Sessions will be held 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Thursday, October 14 and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 16. At this time, both Think Tank sessions will be at the Heman Park Community Center. Masks and registration are required to attend. Given the uncertainty of the COVID situation, these sessions are subject to change. Maximum registration levels will be determined by the safety protocols in place at the time the sessions occur. Registration will be based on a first come-first serve basis and the link to register will be available at https://lab2.future-iq.com/university-citys-community-visioning-project/ and www.ucitymo.org/Vision2040. Please register no later than October 13.