Leavenworth meetings planned
Leavenworth County officials want to discuss the county's future with its residents.
From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade, in Leavenworth, consulting firm Ochsner, Hare and Hare will lead a workshop about future planning. The event will begin with an informal session with residents from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then a short background briefing at 6 p.m.
After that, breakout sessions will run from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Elected officials, county staff, a 14-member citizen-volunteer planning committee and the consulting firm have been working for several months to collect information, identify assets and concerns, develop alternatives and establish goals for various topics. Included in those topics are: Land use, growth management, neighborhood and community development, transportation and infrastructure priorities, economic development strategies and potential parks and open-space programs.
Participants are invited to join in the small group discussions about any of those topics.
Chris Dunn, the county's director of planning and zoning, said the committee has "brought some critical thinking to the table."
He said the committee is crafting a long-range plan.
"They believe we can have economic growth, increased livability, and maintain this community's rural character," Dunn said. "They are proposing some innovative solutions and bringing a lot of development options to the table. I hope the public will take the time to hear what the committee is proposing and add their opinions to the mix."
Dunn also noted that the comprehensive plans also help guide future development and how resources are allocated, which, in several ways, determines how tax money is spent.
Residents interested in attending should RSVP to the county's planning and zoning department, (913) 684-0465, by 5 p.m. Friday. An RSVP is not required, but it will help the planning and zoning staff determine the amount of refreshments to provide.