Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

Plan update needs public input, official says

December 9, 2004

An upcoming process to revise the city of Basehor's comprehensive plan should include input from community members, Basehor city officials said.

"If you look at any good comprehensive plan, there's a lot of groups that had a partnership in it," Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said.

"We really need public participation in this," city planner Angela Solberg said.

Revising the comprehensive plan became a topic among city and Chamber of Commerce leaders at last week's economic development meeting (see related story, page 1A).

Chamber of Commerce officials asked that Basehor residents be a part of the upcoming process to revise the comprehensive plan. During the last major comprehensive plan revision in 1996, a firm that assisted with the revisions did not accurately implement input from the public, Chamber members said.

City officials assured that won't be the case this time.

"I think everyone will be really happy with the outcome of this," said Solberg, who said various public meetings would be scheduled to discuss the revisions once the process begins next year.

The first step in revising the comprehensive plan -- essentially a master guide for cities to use for planning and zoning purposes -- could come during the Basehor City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 13.

The City Council is scheduled to vote whether to offer a contract to the firm of Shaffer, Kline and Warren to assist with the updates. The firm comes at the recommendation of the Basehor Planning Commission, which interviewed area firms interested in working with the city.

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