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City, county seek residents’ thoughts on Wichita’s future

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 9:08 a.m.

Open house meetings

All meetings will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at these dates and locations:

April 14 – CityArts, 334 N. Mead

April 16 – Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

April 21 – WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Room 185, 5015 E. 29th St. North

April 28 – Sedgwick County Extension Office, Meadowlark Room, 7001 W. 21st St.

Wichita and Sedgwick County officials are hoping area residents will attend meetings this month that will help determine the city’s future for the next two decades.

The meetings have been designed to engage the community on issues relating to community growth, including creating more jobs, quality of life issues, and community health and public safety improvements. Citizens also will be asked about what priority to place on other topics, including infrastructure, transit needs and economic development.

“I’m excited to announce an important opportunity for the citizens of Wichita to help shape the long-term growth and spending plan of the city,” Mayor Carl Brewer said Thursday.

“Over the past couple of years, our community has been in the difficult work of planning for a variety of issues, opportunities and challenges. We believe this planning work is important in determining where we are headed, how we make decisions and work in ways that are positive for the quality of life here in our community.”

Brewer said the input will be used in developing a long-term plan for both Wichita and Sedgwick County.

The process of gathering community input began last year with a community survey, the Activate Wichita online conversation tool and the ACT-ICT community meetings.

This month, there will be four open house meetings asking residents how Wichita and Sedgwick County can best grow, Brewer said.

“We need to hear from residents, businesses, everyone on all these important matters,” he said.

“These meetings are come and go, very informal in nature,” said Dave Barber, advanced plans manager for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning Department. “Drop by, visit one at your convenience. They take about 15 minutes for an average person to review the material available at the open house.”

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