In 2006, the Wichita City Council adopted the South Central Neighborhood Plan. It was developed over a year-long planning process, with several opportunities for public input including a community survey and steering committee. The Plan was a 15-year guide to increase the attractiveness, safety, and stability of the South Central Neighborhood. NOW, we're updating the plan and making mid-course corrections, while celebrating our past success!
The 2006 Plan
The South Central Neighborhood is bound by Kellogg on the north, the Arkansas River on the south and west, and Washington and the railroad tracks from Pawnee to the Arkansas River on the east.The South Central Neighborhood Plan outlines the community's vision of what the South Central Neighborhood will be like in 2030. This vision is based upon an assessment of the neighborhood's top issues and the changes desired to address those issues. The following goals are identified to accomplish this vision:
Strengthen citizen involvement
Improve the visual appearance of the neighborhood
Improve neighborhood safety
Improve neighborhood infrastructure
Promote the unique character and historical significance of the neighborhood
Improve existing housing stock
Preserve the character of residential areas
Promote economic opportunities
Reduce the negative impact of incompatible businesses
Increase education and employment opportunities for residents
Increase recreational opportunities
Promote the river as a community destination
Increase use of existing neighborhood facilities
A total of 36 implementation initiatives are identified in the plan. The implementation initiatives detail the specific objectives and strategies to achieve the plan's goals. Key initiatives that are important to the overall success of the neighborhood are identified.
Since the Plan's adoption, a group of citizen volunteers formed the South Central Neighborhood Plan Implementation Committee and has been meeting monthly to actively guide the Plan's implementation. In September 2008, the Implementation Committee formerly requested that the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission initiate the Plan's implementation initiatives related to zoning and land use for the neighborhood. As a result, the South Central Neighborhood Land Use Plan, February 2009, was adopted to provide development policies for the neighborhood that will guide future land use decisions.