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Wichita: Places for People

What's Happening Now?

The Wichita: Places for People Plan, adopted in 2019 outlines several implementation steps. Among them are establishing a Wichita Land Bank, changes in the zoning regulations and identifying appropriate incentives that will prompt redevelopment in the Established Central Area (ECA). Below are tabs with additional information on implementation initiatives.

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Wichita Land Bank Mission Statement

The Wichita Land Bank (WLB) will promote the revitalization of neighborhoods consistent with the Wichita: Places for People plan, through management and transfer of properties that are deemed underutilized.

Overview

The Places for People Plan recommends that the City of Wichita identify and utilize economic development tools that can be used to support redevelopment within the Established Central Area. As part of the implementation effort, the City of Wichita is learning more about best practices from other communities related to encouraging reinvestment within existing neighborhoods. On March 23, 2021, the Wichita City Council received a presentation on an analysis of infill development – challenges, opportunities, and practices from other communities. Following the presentation and based on community feedback, the City begin to focus on how conditions could be improved for affordable housing.

In August 2021 and as part of the 2022-2023 Budget, the City of Wichita programmed $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act to support four community initiatives. One of those initiatives is Affordable Housing. In order to help maximize the community value and benefit; and to help ensure that the efforts help accomplish community goals, the City of Wichita formed an Affordable Housing Fund Technical Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee was formed in September 2021 with the purpose of advising the City Manager and staff on the development of a draft strategy for projects and programs to improve affordable housing in Wichita. Once a draft strategy is developed, then it will be presented for public feedback. The feedback received will help determine the final draft strategy that will be presented to the City Council.

Documents and Links

Upcoming Events

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Past Presentations

Sunrise Rotary Club – April 8, 2021

Uptown Neighborhood Assn – April 1, 2021

NAI Martens - March 30, 2021

City Council Workshop (Incentives) - March 23, 2021

Transit Advisory Board - March 17, 2021

Realtors of South Central Kansas - March 17, 2021

WABA - March 11, 2021

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board - March 8, 2021

Historic Preservation Board - March 8, 2021

Advanced Plans Committee - March 4, 2021


Wichita: Places for People Plan Approved!

The final version of the Wichita: Places for People Plan is available at the links below.


A Little History

In late 2015 and early 2016, the City and County respectively adopted a new joint comprehensive Plan called the Community Investments Plan 2015-2035. This Plan contains a new Wichita Urban Infill Strategy intended to encourage population and employment growth, residential and commercial development and reinvestment in the older mature neighborhoods of Wichita. To this end an Urban Infill Advisory Committee was created to provide neighborhood and community perspective/feedback on the City's urban infill development efforts. The Advisory Committee was assisted by a technical advisory group. As of June 19, 2019 the Plan was adopted by the governing bodies. The Wichita Urban Infill Advisory Committee is to be commended for its efforts in moving the Urban Infill Strategy toward implementation. Thank you, Urban Infill Advisory Committee!


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