Fairway gathers information to update its comprehensive plan

How Fairway should respond to the upswing in new teardown homes is among the issues listed in a survey of residents.
How Fairway should respond to the upswing in new teardown homes is among the issues listed in a survey of residents.

How Fairway should respond to the boom in teardown home construction and ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian connections were among the top issues identified in survey conducted in August to help update the city’s comprehensive plan

The online survey had 345 responses, and a report listed their top issues as housing redevelopment; civic investment; commercial/office redevelopment, bike/pedestrian improvements, Shawnee Mission Parkway and changing demographics.

About 25 people attended an open house held recently by the City Planning Commission and their concerns echoed those reported in the survey, according to a report prepared by the city’s consultant, Gould Evans.

The public comments concerned the scale and impact of housing redevelopment, water runoff, tree preservation and sidewalk connectivity. Many Fairway neighborhoods have seen older homes razed and replaced with larger, more expensive residences in recent years.

The report identified several comprehensive plan goals for Fairway starting with encouraging housing redevelopment that enhances the community’s character and quality.

Other goals included preserving and expanding public spaces and amenities; creating a reliable multi-modal transportation network, and maintaining public infrastructure to assure quality development.

A vision statement also was prepared that stated in part: “We value the design character of our neighborhoods, safe and efficient access, state of the art infrastructure and quality services.”

Statistics prepared by Gould Evans estimated Fairway’s population at 3,900 people with a median age of 41.4. About 75 percent of the adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and the median household income is $104,916.

A second community survey is scheduled for distribution Oct. 17. The planning commission is scheduled a hearing on a draft of the revised comprehensive plan Dec. 19 with a City Council hearing scheduled for Jan. 9, 2017.

It’s been 14 years since the Fairway comprehensive plan was last updated.