Mission Valley planning process won’t be complete until summer 2012

If you’re sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what’s going to go up on the site of Mission Valley Middle School, you might consider taking a sedative.

Prairie Village will have to push the planning process for the site back three months, meaning a comprehensive plan won’t be ready until mid-summer 2012 at the earliest.

The original timeline for the process had the plan complete by around April, with the majority of the public input phase of the work wrapping up before the end of the year. Now, the firms that will conduct the planning process aren’t likely to be chosen until December, and the public input process won’t begin until after Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

The delays came after RED Development pulled out of the agreement to conduct and fund the planning process with the city.

In the coming weeks, Prairie Village will issue a request for proposal for the process, seeking consultants for the process. The city has approximately $75,000 budgeted to fund both the public input and the design portions of the planning process.

Assistant City Administrator Dennis Enslinger told the city council Monday that the request for proposal process would take six to eight weeks, meaning it would be nearly impossible to start the public input process before the holiday season arrived.

Enslinger said the goal of the process was to produce not just ideas for the site, but visuals as well.

“I’m a big advocate of making sure what we produce isn’t just word oriented,” he said. “If you say we want to put mixed use or retirement housing there, everybody has a different idea of what that looks like or how that’s put together. So you need the visuals.”