February 14, 2016

Gardner residents may participate in CPAC online

Residents will have the ability to participate in Gardner’s comprehensive planning process thru both traditional and a web-based outreach program, members of the Comprehensive Planning Action Committee were told at their first workshop Oct. 14.
CPAC, which is part of the ongoing city “visioning process,” is being facilitated by  Houseal Lavigne Associates to complete a comprehensive plan update. The council approved about $85,000 for the update last August as part of the city budget. Updating the plan has been discussed since early 2012, with one-on-one meetings between city staff and community leaders/business owners, but began to take formal shape after a January 2013 “visioning” workshop. The council workshop featured keynote speakers from the metro-area regarding transportation, demographics, economic development and growth strategy.
The core advisory group is made up of 20 community members – with each council member suggesting three. Members include former elected officials, business owners, USD 231 staff and residents.
“I have some definite thoughts and visions about the future of this community,” said Shirley Bruce Brown- VanArsdale, Bruce Funeral Home. “As a business owner, I hope that my input will be valuable. I am concerned about the growth of Gardner and how it will impact the core of downtown.”
In addition to the core members CPAC will allow for additional resident input thru web-based outreach thru the city’s website.
“We are committed to utilizing the internet to maximize the participation and communication between the city, CPAC, and residents,” according to a presentation by Houseal Lavigne. Information provided on the website could include integrating the city’s website with social networking, an interactive on-line community issues map, on-line questionnaires for residents and businesses and a community character assessment survey.
“The website will be the one place to go for information regarding the updated Comprehensive Plan,” Houseal Lavigne information says.
Topics covered by CPAC include:
Introduction, which will describe the community’s history and comphrensive plan background, overall purpose of CPAC, planning process undertaken by the city and the organization of the plan document.
Community Profile and Assessment, which describes existing conditions
Community Outreach, which summarizes results of community outreach activities
Community Vision, Goals and Objectives, which provides community vison and the plans goals and objectives
Land-use and Development Plan, which establishes and reviews land use designations
Regional Coordination, growth strategy and annexation framework plan, which will present policies and recommendations to growth
Transportation and Mobility plan, which will present policies and recommendations related to access, traffic, parking etc.
Open Space, Recreation, Environmental Features Plan, which will present policies and recommendations about enhancing and maintaining parks and open spaces
Community Facilities and Infrastructure Plan, which will provide a detailed inventory of community facilities
Community Design Plan, which will provide recommendations related to character and image
Sustainability Framework Plan, which will provide a foundation for sustainability
Economic Development and Implementation Strategy, which will describe specific actions required to carry out the new Comprehensive Plan.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    The city of Gardner might want to take this information into consideration. I wonder why it took the bureaucrats so long to figure this out. Good job Brownback, Sutton, Kiegerl and many more Kansas Red Republican Legislators……………


    Johnson County ‘in a pickle’ because of Kansas tax policies, official says
    October 24, 2013 @ 5:34 pm|By: Citycode FinancialNo Comments

    The Johnson County manager says recent changes in the Kansas tax structure have put the state’s most populous county is “in a pickle.”

    Hannes Zacharias said Thursday that the county has lost state revenue for jobs such as inspecting sewer septic tanks for new residents in rural areas. In addition, furloughs in district court operations caused by limited state funds mean defendants must stay in county jails longer while awaiting trial, a cost picked up by local governments.

    “Indeed, we are at the end of the food chain, and we’re the ones who have to clean up the mess,” Zacharias said.

    Zacharias made the comments while participating in a panel discussion at the University of Kansas, which focused on the impact of changes in the Kansas income tax policy in 2012 and 2013. The changes have resulted in lower rates for most taxpayers, but also fewer dollars available for state government and state aid to local governments.

    Salina City Manager Jason Gage said tax rates aren’t the only factor that influencing whether residents or businesses move to an area. Others include the quality of life, services and a trained workforce.

    But low taxes, Gage said, typically result in low-quality services, such as bad roads. Increasing fees for the services is an option, but he said those fees have the same effect as taxes on lower- and middle-income residents, who have the least ability to pay.

  2. Judith Rogers says:

    Judith Rogers says:
    October 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I stated every citizen is entitled to the background info of each of these committee members. Well, your city doesn’t think so since the City Clerk advised me the following:

    “Regarding your KORA request for biographies, level of education and time of residency for those member of the CPAC Committee dated Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:14pm; there is no document containing this information all that is available is the list of members.”

    Since receiving this e-mail from the City Clerk, three Council members, Harrison, Roberts and Fotovich and Mayor Morrow have supplied me with some information, however, Shute and Freeman have not. I still don’t have all the information on these “representatives” and doubt if I or most citizens will. Mayor Morrow stated “As I’m sure you are aware we are not required by KORA to create records to deliver to you, but I thought I would do my part in trying to give you some of the information for which you asked”. As I told the Mayor, I find that impossible to believe since I believe these council members had already submitted the background information on these applicants to the City considering their replies to me.

    Same ole slimy government and, of course, I have already told them that via e-mail. Won’t do any good but I am not going to sit here and listen to their BS NOR BELIEVE IT. This whole committee thing is another city scam in my opinion. The committee members are only required to attend 4 or 5 meetings with only 1 hour of preparation time on SOME of the meetings. Those citizens are not going to be in a position to make “recommendations” based on so little involvement, thorough education on all of the important issues, research, etc., etc. The city is doing another one of their propaganda dog and pony shows and they will sell this comprehensive plan as being “community” backed which to me will be a huge lie. And to put the cherry on top of the cake, the taxpayers will be paying over $80,000 for all of this conniving and manipulation – same ole story. City Hall continues to not work for the citizens, in my opinion, – they work for themselves, the thieves and other worthless politicians and it is costing citizens an arm and a leg and adverse affects that never end. And City Hall knows they can operate in this manner because of citizen apathy and citizens have voted for many of them in office and enable and support the way they govern.

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