Fairway drills down on refining its new 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.

Fairway is in the next phase of preparing its first revised comprehensive plan in 14 years, asking residents to respond to a second online community survey and a draft “vision statement.”

The proposed vision statement: “Fairway will remain a highly desirable community for residents in the heart of the metropolitan area. Our strong neighborhoods, location, local businesses and natural setting define our unique character.

“We value he design character of our neighborhoods, safe and efficient access, state of the art infrastructure and quality services to support our residents as stewards of our community.”

An earlier online community survey conducted in August had 345 responses. The top issues were housing redevelopment; civic investment; commercial/office redevelopment, bike/pedestrian improvements, Shawnee Mission Parkway and changing demographics.

P.J. Novick, chair of the Fairway Planning Commission, said the next survey will drill down on the previous comments and seek more specifics to be included in the comprehensive plan.

“Overall, it’s been great,” he said. “We were very pleased with the amount of participation by residents. People are engaged and concerned about their community.”

The goals identified by the draft comprehensive plan are:

-Facilitate redevelopment that maintains and enhances Fairway’s character and quality.
-Create a reliable and convenient multi-model transportation network that connects Fairway internally and to the region.
-Preserve and expand public spaces and amenities within Fairway.
-Maintain and advance public infrastructure as the foundation for quality development.

The second community survey seeks to refine how people would like the city to address redevelopment. Fairway, along with other northeast Johnson County communities, has seen a boom in teardown activity, with older homes being replaced by larger and more expensive residences.

The new survey asks what people find most important in addressing redevelopment: The variety of the character or style of housing? The size, height and area of houses in relationship to the lot and surrounding property? The improvement of public spaces including streetscapes and parks.

It also asks about what improvements people would like to see to Shawnee Mission Parkway, the busy artery that cuts through the city: Improved pedestrian and bicycle crossings? Changes to the roadway design that reduces traffic speed? Improvements to the roadway character that reduces the noise and visual impact of the corridor.

The advisory committee for the comprehensive plan update is scheduled to meet Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall. 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.