A Roeland Park community group that has been working for more than a year on a citizen-driven strategic plan for the city delivered its report to the city council Monday night, outlining five major goals for the city to achieve with an implementation schedule to stretch over the next five years.
“The people of Roeland Park have spoken. They are waiting to get started,” said Tom Madigan, who chaired the committee. The five goals include:
1 – Create a long-term financial plan to diversify revenue supporting economic growth.
2 – Create a commercial development plan to revitalize under-utilized property and leverage available land to create a sustainable community.
3 – Market Roeland Park to increase awareness and promote a positive image.
4 – Connect citizens to the community through events, places services and activities.
5 – Promote recreational opportunities through enhanced green space, facilities and communication.
Madigan and other members of the committee who spoke to the council on Monday acknowledged that some progress has been made in the last year on some of the critical points. Under the commercial development goal, the report noted the 47th and Mission Road overlay committee, the joint Mission-Roeland Park agreement to develop the Johnson Drive and Roe intersection and the planning commission efforts in a sustainable code audit.
Each of the five goals was supported by strategies to accomplish the overall goal. The full report is available in the council packet (starting at page 28). The committee received assistance from Wichita State’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs. The committee held several public input sessions and stakeholder interviews in preparing the report.
In its supporting information, the report shows Roeland Park’s population dropping to 6,731 in the last census after reaching a peak of 7,962 in 1980. It also says that approximately 50 percent of Roeland Park’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. Mean household income is listed as just over $80,000 which is higher than Kansas or national averages.