Why Neighborhood Revitalization?

Raytown Receives Award for being a Community for All Ages
Raytown Receives Award for being a Community for All Ages

Neighborhoods are a continually evolving organism that are comprised of our residents, the infrastructure, such as streets, water lines, sewer lines, etc., as well as the homes and buildings in which the residents live, shop and work. The evolution of neighborhoods, however, can lead to decline as infrastructure and homes age. This can lead to disinvestment and decline. In order to avoid disinvestment and decline, the city of Raytown has a Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Neighborhood Revitalization is a holistic approach that focuses on both improving the built environment such as homes and infrastructure within our neighborhoods as well as the needs and desires of residents who live in each neighborhood. The following are key aspects of the city’s neighborhood revitalization efforts:

The Community Development Department neighborhood revitalization program continues to expand. Our efforts in the Communities for All Ages, Builders Development Corporation and Habitat for Humanity will pay off for the future of our neighborhoods. Our four key opportunities for action are:

  1. Expanding housing rehabilitation and removal of deteriorated homes through our work with Builders Development Corporation. . 
  2. Continue our work with Communities for All Ages and the First Suburbs Coalition as a means to continue to understand demographic changes and how those changes may mean to the Raytown community.
  3. Develop a small home repair program in partnership with Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity.
  4. Continue to have our Code Enforcement identify code violations and look for ways to find solutions for those problems.

Progress continues to be made in each of these areas and collaboration continues to be developed. This progress, however, requires involvement from everyone in the community. If you or your organization would like to learn of how to get involved please contact the Community Development Department at (816) 737-6014. It is through the community’s involvement that neighborhood revitalization will have a far greater impact in improving the Raytown community and will help to promote revitalization of our existing homes that will help retain our residents while also helping to attract new residents to our community. 

Weatherization Services

The Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program (LIWAP) provides cost-effective energy-efficient home improvements to Missouri’s low income households. The program’s purpose is to lower utility bills and improve comfort while ensuring health and safety. LIWAP is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program.

Homeowners

as well as renters with owner approval may be eligible. After certification of eligibility based on household income and number of household members, each home is assessed by USCAA to determine the appropriate services. Professional bonded and insured contractors perform the actual services. Each completed job must pass a final inspection for materials and workmanshsip by USCAA. Dwellings are prioritized for services based on winter energy consumption, elderly or disabled household members, and other factors. No dwelling may be weatherized more than once, except those weatherized prior to September 30, 1994. If you are interested please complete and submit the intake form and weatherization application. For more information visit their website at www.choose-hope.org or call358-6868.

Communities for All Ages Summit
A cross section of our community including Aldermen, City Staff, Planning and Zoning Commissioners, Park Board Staff and Commissioner, Shepherd Center Staff and, School District Staff met with counterparts from the Cities of Mission, Roeland Park and Gladstone to discuss our progress on being a Community For All Ages.

Last June, Raytown was awarded a Bronze Level Designation for the work the City has done to make our community more livable for All Ages.

This meeting was an opportunity for our community to share our successes, concerns and issues with three other communities and in turn hear their thoughts.

The attendees found that other communities were experiencing many of the same issues that Raytown encounters. We had a great discussion on the opportunities and obstacles that exist and how we can work together on improving our communities.

We will be bringing more information on how we will be moving forward in the near future.

Private Storm Water Mitigation Plan

You may be able to receive reimbursement for the installation of equipment designed to remove excess stormwater from the sanitary sewer system and/or a backflow prevention valve designed to reduce the chances of sewer backups!

The City of Raytown’s Board of Aldermen has approved an amendment to the Private Storm Water Mitigation Plan.  The intent of this plan is to remove excess stormwater from the public sanitary sewer system and reduce the potential for sewer backups in private residences and buildings.

In order to receive this reimbursement, the homeowner must complete the enclosed application for stormwater mitigation.  Upon receipt of application, the homeowner will be contacted to set up a site inspection to determine if there is a ground water connection to the sanitary sewer main. To find out more about our storm water mitigation plan, whether you might be eligible, and the requirements of the application, please visit our Public Works page here.

 

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