Roeland Park residents get a chance to weigh in later this month on the city’s strategic plan. The strategic planning committee has been meeting with small groups, but wants to open the discussion to all of the city’s residents.
A Community Open House will be held on April 30 at the Roeland Park Community Center.
A community open house will be held on April 30 at the Roeland Park Community Center to let the public give input on some of the same questions. Residents can stop by anytime from 5 to 6 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. that night and come and go as they please. Several stations will be set up, says City Clerk Debra Mootz, where participants can add comments in response to specific strategic planning questions. Some potential questions: What are the city’s assets? What are the city’s challenges? What should the vision for the future look like? What would keep people coming to Roeland Park?
Members of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Citizens Committee, which has been guiding the planning, will be on hand at the open house to help residents at the stations. In the last 30 days, the committee has met with groups representing business, churches, schools, city staff, the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, planning commission, a group of architects and county parks staff.
The strategic planning process is being facilitated with the help of Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs. Tom Madigan is chair of the committee.
The strategic plan has been in the works since Mayor Joel Marquardt suggested it prior to council goal setting in 2013, Mootz said. The Wichita State facilitators will help summarize the comments that have been received and the committee will group them into goals and priorities. A presentation to the city council could be ready by August, depending on scheduling.