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Wichita Downtown Streets Conceptual Plan

The Wichita Downtown Streets Conceptual Plan is being developed to take a comprehensive look at downtown's streets to assure they reflect the character, mobility and safety goals of the community's residents, workers and visitors.

Planning Process

2019

During February 2019, the project team will conduct focus group listening sessions to help learn more about strengths and opportunities related to the downtown Wichita streets.

The project team will be back in the community in the Spring to discuss ideas and options for changes. These interactive working sessions will be an opportunity for Wichitans to assure that downtown's streets will support local vision and values.

Later in 2019, the team ask for comments on a recommended action plan to take the community's ideas and make them a reality.

Committees

Two committees are being formed in order to help ensure that the Wichita Downtown Streets Conceptual Plan meets the needs of our community. In addition to the committees, a planning team has been created to staff the planning process.

Below are brief descriptions of each committee and the planning team.

Steering Committee

This committee helps to guide the process, develop the plan, and ultimately endorse/approve the final draft for presentation to the Wichita City Council. The majority of Steering Committee members will be citizens, volunteering to assist with this project. Three of the Steering Committee members are planned to represent public organizations. There are many ways that the Steering Committee members will be involved in the process, including the following:

  • participate in Steering Committee meetings
  • assist with project oversight to ensure that this civic initiative accomplishes its purpose on time and within the budgetassist in the development of plan goals and objectives
  • assist in the review and deveopment of a comprehensive network of bicycle facilities
  • review and recommend policies and programs
  • help develop criteria for setting priorities
  • review and provide input on implementation strategies
  • assist with the two public open meeting events

Technical Advisory Committee

This committee consists of City of Wichita staff members. The committee assists with the plan development by providing technical expertise and internal review of materials related to the plan. The Technical Advisory Committee generally consists of representatives from City departments that are responsible for planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and policing public bicycle facilities.

Planning Team

This team consists of Planning Department staff and staff from Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Shockey Consulting, and Perkins+Will. The Planning Team is responsible for organizing the meetings and events, data collection, technical analysis; and writing the Plan document.

Public Engagement

On February 5, 2019, a Wichita Downtown Streets Conceptual Plan Community Meeting will be held at Distillery 244 Old Town from 5:30 to 7:00pm. The event will provide participants an opportunity to learn more about the planning process, schedule, and to help us refine the project's goals and vision. Participants will also be provided opportunities to share important feedback on how to improve downtown Wichita's streets.

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