2019 Delano Neighborhood Plan
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Delano Neighborhood Plan 2019
Baseball Village Master Plan
Delano Neighborhood Plan Update
Delano is one of the oldest, most well established neighborhoods in the City of Wichita, and is located to the immediate west of the downtown area of Wichita. The neighborhood boundaries include: the Arkansas River on the north and east, Meridian and US 54 Highway on the west and south respectively.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Department is currently working on the Delano Neighborhood Plan. The Plan is a community-wide vision for improvements and development in the Delano Neighborhood. This policy document will act as a guide when planning improvements and evaluating development opportunities in Delano for the next 15 years. This is an update of the
2001 Delano Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and an amendment to the
2015 Community Investments Plan, the Comprehensive Plan for Wichita-Sedgwick County.
Following the 2001 plan, there have been encouraging signs of revitalization in Delano, including investments in retail businesses and infrastructure along Douglas Avenue, the main business corridor in the area. The introduction of the River Vista apartments, the Advanced Learning Library, plans for a hotel and apartment project on the “Delano Catalyst Site”, a new business headquarters, and a multi-use sports complex have turned the east end of Delano into one of the most exciting spaces in the city. Strong, established institutions continue to provide stability in the neighborhood, including Friends University, the Kansas Masonic Home, Exploration Place, Senior Services, and several other churches and civic organizations.
Active members of the neighborhood and the City of Wichita recognized that the time was right to take a fresh look at the neighborhood. Weaknesses had to be identified and addressed. Neighborhood strengths needed to be enhanced. It was time to start planning and to position the Delano neighborhood for a healthy and successful future.
The plan took approximately seven months to complete and involved input from hundreds of community stakeholders. The end result was the development of the
Delano Neighborhood Plan: 2018 that was presented to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC), Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners, and Wichita City Council for consideration to be adopted as an element of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan.
- March 8, 2018: Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission(Approved)
- April 11, 2018: Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners (Approved)
- April 17, 2018; June 5, 2018; August 7, 2018; November 13, 2018: Wichita City Council (TBD)
On November 13th, staff recommended returning the Delano Neighborhood Plan: 2018 to the Planning Department while work is being completed on the Ballpark village Master Plan. The Ballpark Village Master Plan is a joint effort between the City of Wichia and the Greater Wichita Partnership to create a cohesive vision for the Ballpark Village area. When the Ballpark village Master Plan is complete it will become a piece of the Delano Neighborhood Plan: 2019 and both will be presented to Council at that time.
Delano’s Turn: Directions West of the River presents urban design ideas for the future of the Delano district in Wichita, Kansas. Fifteen Kansas State University mid-level students, enrolled in an intensive 8-week Community Planning and Design studio, completed the work during the summer of 2017. The studio was co-led by Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Associate Professor Howard Hahn.
Conceived by the studio’s professors and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, the idea for the project emerged from discussions in late 2016. Goals of the collaborative service learning studio included providing students with first-hand experience working with a community, generating creative ideas for advancing the dialogue about planning the future of Delano, engaging residents and stakeholders and responding to their input, and supporting the mission of the project partners. In contrast to a singular master plan, the collection of ideas presented in
Delano’s Turn provides a multitude of ideas that can be compared, evaluated, prioritized, and perhaps hybridized.
Delano's Turn: Directions West of the River