Roeland Park seeking citizen input on planning for financial future


Concerned about Roeland Park’s long-term financial future?

Now is your chance to weigh-in.

The citizen-led strategic planning committee has posted online survey questions on the city’s website. Residents are encouraged to participate through Jan. 19.

The survey provides residents a chance to answer open-ended questions that focus on five long-term goals for Roeland Park. The goals include the creation of a long-term and diversified economic plan, forming a commercial development plan, marketing the city, connecting citizens to the community and promoting recreational opportunities.

Strategic committee chair Tom Madigan said the survey is anonymous.

Work on the strategic plan began in January. Madigan said the citizen committee has asked open-ended questions to generate better input. The process has been facilitated by the Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs. School representatives have helped summarize the data.

The committee has held open houses to solicit public opinion and consulted numerous local and regional stakeholders including business, religious, school and city leaders.

After the final citizen survey is completed, the results will be analyzed and ultimately presented to the City Council.

Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt said the plan could play an important role in guiding City Council strategies.

“I definitely encourage residents to participate. I’m very happy and excited about how much participation we’ve received (already)” Marquardt said. “I look forward to a product that we can use in decision-making and prioritizing in the budget.”