Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2005

City officials move forward on upgrade of planning guide

November 10, 2005

An engineering firm contracted by the city to overhaul its comprehensive plan briefed the Basehor Planning Commission on its preliminary draft last week.

The planning commission met Nov. 1. A review of the comprehensive plan preliminary draft was the lone item on the agenda.

Interim Basehor city planner Caleb Flake said planning commission members pointed out some minor items that needed tweaking within the plan, but overall commissioners agreed with its findings.

A comprehensive plan is essentially a master guide for cities to use for development and planning purposes.

For the past several months, representatives of the firm Shafer, Kline and Warren met with community members to outline a new comprehensive plan. The city's existing plan hadn't seen a major revision since the early 1990s and didn't take into account growth in southern Leavenworth and western Wyandotte counties.

The proposed plan lays out an ambitious blueprint for the city's future and covers areas such as physical image, streets, transportation, parks and recreation, infrastructure, downtown, education, public safety and annexation.

The firm will again meet with community members. A comprehensive plan steering committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Basehor City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

City officials expect a final draft of the comprehensive plan to be presented to them by December and formal adoption of the new policy could take place as early as January.

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