Roeland Park strategic plan showing progress, council told; branding suggested as next focus


The Roeland Park strategic plan, developed by a citizens group and released earlier this year, has made progress on several fronts, the city council was told last week.

“We’ve had movement on four of the five goals,” Tom Madigan, who chaired the citizens group with J.P. Hildebrand, told the council. The city has budgeted $18,000 to start the implementation of the strategic plan goals.

The city has begun working with Mission on the northeast corner of Johnson Drive and Roe Ave. for possible redevelopment. The city also has been in discussion with Westwood regarding neighborhood revitalization possibilities and is part of an overlay committee for the 47th and Mission Road area. Those actions speak to the first goal that revolves around diversifying revenue and supporting economic growth.

A second goal of identifying commercial development has been the focus of an ad hoc development committee that in particular is involved with redevelopment of the old pool site. A goal that involves community events is under way with signage for the parks and community center and collaboration with the county parks staff.

Councilor Becky Fast suggested a next step for a focus in the plan implementation would be to create a new branding strategy. “We have been talking about that since I have been on the council,” Fast said.

An advisory committee to work with the council, residents and businesses on implementation of the plan will include Madigan, Janna Willhaus, Marek Gliniecki, Mary Vral-Mohr, Teresa Kelly from the council and Jennifer Jones-Lacy, assistant city administrator.

The strategic plan can be found here.