Cities expert Peter Kageyama to deliver keynote address at community workshop on future of Overland Park

Peter Kageyama will speak at the first ForwardOP community workshop Jan. 30. Photo via Facebook.
Peter Kageyama will speak at the first ForwardOP community workshop Jan. 30. Photo via Facebook.

Overland Park residents will have the chance to hear from one of the nation’s preeminent experts on city planning and placemaking at a community workshop this month that will kick off public participation in an extensive visioning process for the future of the city.

Peter Kageyama, author of the book “For the Love of Cities,” will speak at the ForwardOP “Imagine Tomorrow” community workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Following Kageyama’s keynote remarks, Overland Park strategic planning consultants will lead small group discussions about what the Overland Park of the future should look like.

The ForwardOP planning process will take 14 months from start to finish with the goal of producing a strategic vision for the city for the next two decades or more.

“Your feedback will be shared with the Steering Committee and there will be additional opportunities for public participation,” reads a notice on the event from the city. “Ultimately, a plan will be developed that identifies policies, programs and projects that prepare Overland Park for its successful future.”

The event is free and open to the public — including area residents who don’t live within Overland Park’s limits. Organizers request that people interested in attending the session RSVP here.

Kageyama’s address at a TEDx event discussing what makes cities “loveable” is below: