A strategic planning committee looking at the future of Roeland Park has come up with five goals for the city. The five goals include:
Finances – Create a long-term financial plan to stabilize and diversify revenue.
- Commercial Development – Create a commercial development plan to leverage available land to maximize revenue, while meeting the needs of the community.
- Marketing/Image – Market Roeland Park to increase awareness and promote a positive image.
- Community Involvement – Connect ALL citizens to the community through events, places services and activities.
- Recreation (Green space, connection, recreation center) – Promote recreation opportunities through enhanced green space, facilities and connectivity.
The citizens committee held a public open house to get more input on strategic planning. The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University is assisting the committee. An online survey and stakeholder interviews also were part of the information gathering. Approximately 250 to 300 community members participated in the community input phase, according to the report given to the city council this week. More than 75 pages of notes were taken during community input and then categorized.
The five strategic issues that were identified as “transformative” and “critical” to the community made it on to the goals list. Committee chair Tom Madigan said the group still has work to do to develop methods and strategies. A draft plan is being developed for community and council review before the final plan is presented to the council.