Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Volunteers sought to help county revise long-term plan

February 22, 2007

— The Leavenworth County Commission is asking for community volunteers to serve on a committee that will help revise the county's long-range comprehensive plan.

The seven- to 11-member committee will review proposals, interview consultants and check references of potential firms to be hired for an update to the plan, which guides development throughout the unincorporated areas of the county.

"This is not a normal county committee," said commission chairman J.C. Tellefson on Thursday, Feb. 15. "But it's probably one of the most important committees that we can make. This is a major, major commitment for anyone who volunteers."

According to planning and zoning director Chris Dunn, volunteers should expect to spend a minimum of six to 10 hours a month for a full year on the project and should realize that serving on the committee would be a "significant commitment."

"I never want to ask a citizen to get involved and then be overwhelmed," Dunn said Tuesday.

County officials hope to select a wide array of volunteers ranging from developers to agriculturists - to serve on the committee alongside county staff.

"The demographics of the committee should be similar to the county's," Dunn said Tuesday.

The committee's main task will be to help revise the comprehensive plan for the county for the year 2020, which has been set forth by the Leavenworth County Planning Committee.

According to planning and zoning department documents, the "Comprehensive Plan 2020 provides an analysis of the current conditions within Leavenworth County and describes and depicts the manner in which development will take place in the county over the next two decades."

It will be the job of the new committee to entertain proposals sent to the county from consultants and to rate each proposal based on a clearly defined system, with final action coming from the Leavenworth Board of County Commissioners.

Any community members interested in volunteering for the committee are encouraged to contact Dunn by phone at (913) 684-0465 or e-mail at cdunn@leavenworthcounty.org.

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