Press Release – Comprehensive Plan Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             Megan Clark, Planner

February 15, 2018                                                                                                            417-836-6901



Public Asked to Provide Input on Buffalo’s Future



The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) has been contracted by the City of Buffalo to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The current plan was adopted in 1995. A comprehensive plan provides an outline of what a community would like to see over the next two decades regarding land use, housing, economic development and transportation. The planning process requires resident input and involvement in order to ensure that the final plan accurately reflects the desires of the entire community.


Over the next six to eight months, SMCOG will be working with a 12 member resident planning committee to facilitate the plan update process. One of the primary mechanisms to collect resident input is a community survey. This survey touches on numerous items in order to gather a broad range of information as it may pertain to the future of the City. It should be noted that questions asked on the survey are not meant to imply that change will occur, but rather garner feedback from residents on relevant planning matters. Questions were developed by the planning committee and SMCOG staff based on current conditions and information desired to assist in preparing the comprehensive plan.


Residents are asked to complete the survey prior to March 18, 2018 in order to allow SMCOG staff to analyze response data. The survey can be found online at and residents may be receiving hardcopies in the mail with their water bills.


The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) is a voluntary association of local governments in the ten-county area of southwest Missouri. SMCOG serves Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties. SMCOG is one of 19 active regional planning organizations throughout Missouri.


All comments and questions should be directed to Megan Clark at (417) 836-6901 or by email