Conceptual Development Plan Process

Conceptual Development Plans guide the development of state parks and state historic sites. The plan outlines site goals, development objectives, development research needs and project phasing while taking into consideration the significant natural and cultural resources of the park or site. The Conceptual Development Plan document consists of both a written and a graphically illustrated plan.

On-Site Meeting

An initial meeting will be held on-site with Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) team members and the concessionaire, if appropriate. The purpose of this meeting is to familiarize the team with the park's or site's mission, discuss current uses, identify problems and potential resolutions, and discuss concepts for new activities and facilities.

Public Meeting #1

A public meeting will be held to provide and receive pre-planning information. The park's or site's Conceptual Development Plan Preamble (History and Significance and Mission Statement) will be presented at the meeting. The public will be asked to identify issues related to development that they feel need to be addressed.

Data Collection

The CDP team will collect necessary planning data and information which may include park or site visitation records, camping records, shelter rental records, stewardship plans, National Register of Historic Places listings, special management plans, memoranda of understanding, threats study, historic records, park surveys, public meeting records, zoning districts, truck routes, easements, adjacent land uses, flood plain limits, soil surveys, etc. This may also include contacting other agencies, i.e., Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri Department of Transportation, local municipalities, etc., for information.

Development of Plan Alternatives

Information gathered from on-site and public meetings, as well as collected data, will be analyzed by the team to formulate draft Conceptual Development Plans. At least two alternative plans will be developed. The development of the alternative plans will involve discussions with CDP team members and may require additional meetings or on-site visits.

Plan Alternatives Presented to Division of State Parks Directors

The alternative plans will be presented to the Division of State Parks (DSP) Director, deputy directors, and the Planning and Development Program director for their review and recommendations.

The proposed alternative plans will be presented to the concessionaire prior to public meeting #2 if applicable.

Public Meeting #2

A public meeting will be held to present the proposed alternative plans, seek public input and reach consensus on a preferred plan.

The planning team will review and attempt to resolve conflicts and deal with comments received at the public meeting. Revisions will be made as needed and a preferred draft plan will be developed.

Preferred Plan Presented to Central Office Staff

The preferred draft plan will be presented by the planning team to the division's central office staff for their review and input. A two-week review period will be initiated after the presentation. Revisions will be made as needed.

Public Meeting #3 or Open House

A third public meeting, or open house, will be held to present the final draft plan. Refinements to the draft Conceptual Development Plan will be made if necessary.

Plan Approval by Division Director

The draft CDP will be taken to the Division of State Parks Director for final resolution and approval.

(Note: Plan will be signed by facility manager, district supervisor, Planning and Development Program director, and the division director.)

Plan Implementation

Upon final approval of the Conceptual Development Plan, capital improvement projects needed to implement the plan will be identified. A phasing plan will be developed from the identified projects to provide an orderly execution of the projects. The phasing plan will be made a part of the CDP.

All identified projects will be subjected to a rating system to determine their statewide level of importance. The rating system is used in developing the capital improvement budget request in any given fiscal year. Projects will be carried out when funding becomes available.