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Basehor working toward plan revision

August 26, 2004

The standard practice for most municipalities is to update its comprehensive plan every five years.

The city of Basehor's comprehensive plan, written in 1993, underwent its last revision eight years ago, in 1996.

Whether the city's comprehensive plan is behind the times is up to conjecture. However, it appears city officials are ready to move forward with tailoring the plan to the 21st century. On Monday night, the Basehor City Council approved allowing city planners to start the process of hiring a consulting firm to assist with updating the comprehensive plan.

The measure narrowly passed, 4-1, with City Council member Iris Dysart voting against. Dysart said she wants to know a more specific cost, other than the ballpark $20,000 to $40,000 price tag listed by city officials, before consenting to the project.

Two weeks ago, an official from the firm Landplan Engineering spoke to City Council members about updating its comprehensive plan. The firm recently assisted the city of Linwood update its plan, a process that took seven to eight months.

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said money is available within city coffers to proceed with the project. Mayor Joseph Scherer said the city would let the project out to bid before selecting a company to assist with the update.

Last year, the Basehor Planning Commission began revisions to the comprehensive plan. Apparently, the revisions of the Planning Commission cannot be located at City Hall, city officials said.

Planning Commission member George Smith said the planning board "changed things grossly outdated" in the revisions but, whether the updates could be located or not, the city needed a more thorough review of the comprehensive plan than what was completed a year ago.

City Council member John Bonee, who voted for the measure to update the plan, said preliminary work needs to be done by the Planning Commission and City Council before hiring a firm.

"I think we're just hoping money will buy us what we haven't been willing to work on ourselves," Bonee said.

"We can't say here's a big old knot -- start unraveling it."

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