Overland Park begins round 2 of public input for long-term strategic vision

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Round two of public comment begins Tuesday as Overland Park city leaders work toward building a long-term strategic vision for the city. The process is called Forward OP.

The city will host 10 community conversations this week. Each meeting is workshop-style, similar to the large kickoff event the city hosted in January. At that meeting, round one of the process, the city received more than 3,000 thoughts. These community conversations will allow the city and public to hone in on some of those 3,000 ideas.

One topic expected to get a lot of attention is development. This month the city approved a 500-unit apartment complex near 127th Street and Metcalf Avenue. Many neighbors did not approve of the development. 

The strategic plan the city is creating would account for how to balance development. The city refers to it as a guide for Overland Park over the next 20 to 30 years. 

It will include information on development, public transportation, the environment and more abstract things such as incorporating driverless cars into the city and building on the connection people feel to a city. 

For more information on the meetings happening this week and the entire process, click here. 

Tuesday, April 24:

  • 6:30 p.m. at the Matt Ross Community Center, Vista and Plaza Rooms, 8101 Marty Street

Wednesday, April 25:

  • 7:30 a.m. at the St. Andrews Golf Course Clubhouse, Highlands Room, 11099 W. 135th Street
  • 12 p.m. at Johnson County Community College, Carlsen Center, Room 211, 12345 College Blvd.
  • 4 p.m. at the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Black & Veatch Education Center, 2nd Floor, 9001 W. 110th Street
  • 6:30 p.m. ay Shawnee Mission South High School, cafeteria, 5800 W. 107th Street

Thursday, April 26:

  • 7:30 a.m. at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Crest and Pinnacle Rooms, 11902 Lowell Avenue
  • 10:00 a.m. at Oak Park Mall, The Culture House, 11149 W 95th Street
  • 12 p.m. at Johnson County Central Resource Library, Carmack Room, 9875 W. 87th Street
  • 4 p.m. at Mazuma Credit Union, Community Room, 7260 W. 135th Street
  • 6:30 p.m. at Blue Valley Hilltop Conference Center, conference rooms B and C, 7700 W. 143rd Street
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