The Wichita City Council met Tuesday to hear progress on new policy guidelines being developed for the design of streets and bicycle and pedestrian paths.
“This is part of a greater focus on pedestrian movements and bicycle movements as well as discussions about our visions about our transit system … that obviously has an impact on our transportation improvements as we move forward,” said City Manager Robert Layton.
The guidelines would apply to capital improvement and maintenance projects in the city as well as private projects, said Scott Knebel, downtown revitalization manager for the city planning department.
“We’re making the types of decisions this document lays out for us with each individual project, which slows down the project,” Knebel said.
City Council member Pete Meitzner expressed concerns that the private sector had not had enough input on the proposed guidelines.
“We will be talking with the developing community and incorporating their feedback before this comes back to you. We wanted to make sure our own government body was comfortable with the approach before we took that step,” Knebel said.
The city also plans to meet with the bicycle pedestrian advisory board for input, he said.
Council approval of the plan is tentatively set for Oct. 14 or 21, depending on revisions.
The council later went into executive session for potential litigation, legal advice and economic development over confidential data related to financial affairs or trade secrets of a business.