Fairway updating comprehensive plan, tools include questionnaire and public forums

Tear downs and new housing in Fairway are among the issues being considered in an update of the Comprehensive Plan
Tear downs and new housing in Fairway are among the issues being considered in an update of the Comprehensive Plan

Fairway is updating its Comprehensive Plan for the first time since 2002, asking residents how they want their community to move forward in the coming decades.

“The momentum of our success as a community cannot endure future challenges without vision and planning,” Mayor Jerry Wiley said in a letter.

“A cohesive Comprehensive Plan mandates a balance of public and private investment that must developed and refined through public input and participation.”

Residents are being asked to complete a 10-question survey on the city website that covers issues ranging from bicycling and pedestrian improvements and the impact of Shawnee Mission Parkway, to housing.

“Real estate evaluations have continued on an upward trend fueled by residential redevelopment in spite of struggling state and national economic conditions,” Wiley said.

Gould Evans has been hired as the consultant. The advisory committee for the Comprehensive Plan update is scheduled to meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The city would like to hold a public hearing sometime in early October and the tentative schedule calls for the City Planning Commission to hold a hearing on the proposed changes Dec. 19.

P.J. Novick, chairman of the planning commission, said the increased number of tear downs and resulting new home construction will be among the key discussion points.

“With all the rebuilds, we felt it was time to take a look and see what we need to guide the city for the long term,” he said. “We want to make sure as our city is being rebuilt we hold onto the character of Fairway.”

As for Shawnee Mission Parkway, Novick said there are some concerns about the number of privacy fences going up.

“Shawnee Mission Parkway is our front door,” he said. “How can we improve the aesthetics of Shawnee Mission Parkway, especially from west to east. We want to make sure it feels like a parkway and is a pleasant drive through our city.”

The appearance of Shawnee Mission Parkway is among the questions being asked Fairway residents.
The appearance of Shawnee Mission Parkway is among the questions being asked Fairway residents.

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