Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and other public officials on Thursday urged residents to attend one of four upcoming open-house meetings seeking public feedback on the draft Community Investments Plan, 2015-2035 for Wichita and Sedgwick County.
The draft Plan guides Wichita’s long-term growth and sets priorities for future investments in municipal buildings and infrastructure such as streets, bridges, water supply, sanitary and storm sewer, parks, libraries, and fire and police facilities.
The open-house meetings are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. at the following dates and locations:
o April 27, Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian St.;
o May 4, CityArts, 334 N. Mead St.;
o May 11, WSU Metroplex, Room 138, 5015 E. 29th Street North; and
o May 18, Sedgwick County Extension Office, Sunflower Room, 7001 W. 21st Street.
“These meetings offer several opportunities for Wichita residents to tell us what they think about the new draft Plan” said Longwell, who attended a morning news briefing with officials from the joint Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department. “They are also consistent with our continuing efforts to engage the public on planning and decisions that are important to improving the Wichita area.”
The four meetings are the last in a series of community engagement efforts that have occurred during the past two years. Residents are now being asked to view the draft Plan and provide comment regarding its overall direction and content.
The draft Plan is intended to guide long-term Wichita growth, set community investment priorities, and guide public infrastructure and facility spending decisions for the next 20 years. The draft Plan has been developed by an 18-member Plan Steering Committee jointly appointed by the City Council, County Commission, and staff.
“This draft Plan is important in determining how we make decisions and work together in ways that are positive for our economic goals, infrastructure needs, and quality of life improvements,” Longwell said. “Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule, drop by one of these open house meetings, and let us know what you think.”
The draft Plan can be viewed at www.communityinvestmentsplan.org. If a group or organization wants to receive a presentation on the draft Plan before June 12, please contact Dave Barber at 268-4490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.