Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Basehor close to committee to update plan

March 17, 2005

Basehor city officials are close to rounding out a steering committee composed of representatives from local organizations that will help in revising the city's long outdated comprehensive plan.

"I'd say so far we have pretty wide variety of representation," City planner Angela Solberg said.

On Tuesday, March 8, Basehor officials met with representatives from the civic organizations to update them on the project and begin preparing for a comprehensive-plan oriented public meeting at the end of this month.

To date, representatives from the city, Leavenworth Area Development, Basehor-Linwood School District, community library, police and fire departments, Basehor PRIDE and the Chamber of Commerce comprise the 20-member steering committee.

The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 inside the meeting room at the Basehor-Linwood School District Office, located at the corner of 155th Street and Parallel Road. The March 29 public meeting is the first in a series discussions scheduled concerning the comprehensive plan revisions.

The public hearings will run through at least June, city officials said.

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 city has retained the services of design firm Shaffer, Kline and Warren to assist with the plan revisions.

Representatives from the design firm said the public hearings are the best forum for residents to help the steering committee develop a "roadmap" for the city that will affect future projects, priorities and the general direction of Basehor.

During the public hearings, residents and steering committee members will work in subgroups to develop strategies for building a stronger community, firm representatives said. The ideas generated from the meetings could be useful for implementing in the city's long-range plan, they added.

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