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First Suburbs Coalition. Capitalizing on our assets Finding solutions to common concerns Working together. What are First Suburbs?. Communities around the urban core where the majority of the housing was built between 1940 and 1970 Little vacant land for new development

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first suburbs coalition

First Suburbs Coalition

Capitalizing on our assets

Finding solutions to common concerns

Working together

what are first suburbs
What are First Suburbs?
  • Communities around the urban core where the majority of the housing was built between 1940 and 1970
  • Little vacant land for new development
  • 19 cities or parts of cities are members of the First Suburbs Coalition
members first suburbs coalition



Independence (part)

Kansas City (part)

North Kansas City



Sugar Creek



Kansas City (part)



Mission Hills

Mission Woods

Overland Park (part)

Prairie Village

Roeland Park


Westwood Hills

Members - First Suburbs Coalition

First Suburbs

A ring of post-WWII communities

first suburb characteristics
First Suburb Characteristics
  • Assets
    • Great location
    • Sense of community
    • High level of home ownership
    • Strong institutions, such as schools
    • Diversity among first suburbs
    • Innovation
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First Suburb Characteristics
  • Concerns
    • Most of the land has been developed
    • Public and private infrastructure is aging
    • Population is aging
    • Tax base has eroded
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First Suburbs Coalition
  • Formed in 2002; convened by MARC
  • Coalition of local governments and private sector
  • Co-chairs
    • Sue Frank, Mayor of Raytown
    • Laura McConwell, Mayor of Mission
  • Communities felt that first suburbs could work more effectively together on their common issues
  • First suburbs wanted to be proactive before problems became crises
first suburbs coalition priorities
First Suburbs Coalition Priorities
  • Modernizing the housing stock
    • Majority built between 1940 and 1970
    • Out of date
      • Have small closets
      • Need master suites
      • Lack open designs
      • May require additions/garages
    • Can be a great asset
    • Not just remodeling, but infill development
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First Suburbs Coalition Priorities
  • Attracting and retaining the retail base
    • Retail businesses lured by newer facilities have moved farther out
    • This deprives first suburb residents of important services
    • Also deprives first suburbs of needed sales tax revenue
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First Suburbs Coalition Priorities
  • Maintaining and upgrading infrastructure
    • Infrastructure is old
    • An important element in modernizing the housing and retail base
    • Difficult challenge with stagnant tax base
first suburbs coalition programs
First Suburbs Coalition Programs
  • First priority is modernizing housing stock
    • Developed an Idea Book of how post-WW II homes can be modernized
      • Sold or distributed more than 3,000 copies
    • Remodeled post-WW II home in Raytown in partnership with Fannie Mae and HBA
      • Now on market
      • Looking for next candidate
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First Suburbs Coalition Programs
  • Additional housing initiatives
    • Coordinated a home remodeling loan program with CommunityAmerica Credit Union
    • Updating residential rental property regulations
    • Innovative planning and zoning practices
    • Tours of remodeled homes to offer ideas
      • NARI & HBA
      • Online
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First Suburbs Coalition Programs
  • First Suburbs Coalition/Housing Choices Coalition Partnership
    • Providing assistance to first suburbs in developing housing visions and policies
    • Engaging neighborhoods and neighborhood leaders in a discussion about redevelopment
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First Suburbs Coalition Programs
  • Other initiatives
    • Legislative agenda for first suburbs
    • Web site (
    • Tours of innovative first suburb projects
    • Retail initiative
    • Sharing information
first suburb coalition contact
First Suburb Coalition Contact
  • First Suburb Coalition Web Site
  • E-mail list or for other information

Dean Katerndahl, MARC

816-474-4240 or