Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Planning Commission begins plan revision

February 17, 2005

The city of Basehor's revision of its long-outdated comprehensive plan is as important a project as the city has currently and needs the public's support if it's to be successful, said a Planning Commission member involved in the process.

"The comprehensive plan should be a snapshot of what the people who live and breathe and pay taxes here want their city to look like," George Smith said. "It's important for the public's input because it's their city. It's our city."

Essentially, the comprehensive plan provides the city with a master blueprint used for zoning and planning. The city's comprehensive plan was last updated in 1996 and does not take into account recent residential and commercial growth booms in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.

The Basehor Planning Commission and a representative from the firm Shaffer, Kline and Warren began laying the foundation Tuesday night for gaining that all important public feedback.

The Planning Commission began organizing a list Tuesday night of local civic groups so that a representative from each group could be part of a comprehensive plan steering committee.

Smith, who's also president of the Basehor PRIDE organization, said he envisions the public's role in the revision process to be similar to that of the Basehor Community Assessment, a thorough review and goal setting initiative conducted by PRIDE with the public's help two years ago.

"I anticipate a lot of similarities since we're using the same concept for the same type of thing," he said.

A wide range of people with different backgrounds and expertise were used during the Community Assessment and Smith said the Planning Commission is searching for that same type of participation with the comprehensive plan revisions.

"We want to make sure we get a good cross section of the community," Smith said. "We want honest opinions from those inside the city and in the future growth areas."

Basehor city planner Angela Solberg said the comprehensive plan revisions would take approximately one year to complete. The city has scheduled a series of public meetings, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, concerning the revisions. The meetings will run through at least June, she said.

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