In early 1999, the Delano Neighborhood Association, the Delano Business Association and the Delano Clergy Association developed a partnership - referred to as the 3D - to focus on improving the neighborhood.
This group, working with staff from the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department, developed an outline of goals and objectives for neighborhood development and revitalization. Area residents and business owners have been exceptionally vocal in expressing their needs and concerns, with active participation in neighborhood meetings. In 1999, the City of Wichita was successful in obtaining a neighborhood revitalization planning grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing to assist in the preparation of a neighborhood revitalization plan for Delano.
Law-Kingdon was retained in early 2000 to develop the neighborhood plan, working with a steering committee comprised of members of the Delano Neighborhood Association, the Delano Business Association, the Delano Clergy Association, Friends University, the Masonic Home and other concerned stakeholders.
Utilizing the initial SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities & threats) and community visioning work initiated by the Delano community itself, several public workshops were used as opportunities to discuss problems and issues in the area and assemble ideas for its future.
Both walking and driving tours of the neighborhood were conducted by the consultant team. Photographs were taken and base maps drawn. The existing environment of the study area was considered including storefronts, key historic homes and structures, the street and pedestrian environments, circulation patterns, and the condition of housing stock and infrastructure.
Although there was a great deal of pre-planning work that had been established with respect to preliminary (SWOT) and community visioning work (see Neighborhood Assessment & Analysis), the consultant designated one workshop to re-validate this work and ensure that no other opportunities or issues were overlooked. At a May 2000 workshop meeting, participants were asked to identify the most important key issues raised during the SWOT process. The following is a list of these key issues:
- Down zoning
- Housing improvement and code enforcement
- Preserving existing historic homes and other potentially significant structures
- Business improvement and diversity in the area
- Infrastructure improvements
- More community services and other needed recreational activities
During the same workshop meeting, a vision statement was outlined with specific goals. Three subsequent neighborhood meetings were held to generate resident input to the plan. This planning process resulted in this Neighborhood Plan containing a framework for physical improvement, for new development, and for redevelopment opportunities. Neighborhood goals, recommended actions, and partnerships are also outlined in this plan.
Delano West Douglas Avenue Bicycle Parking Plan