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City Officials Hold Community Meetings To Help Gather Input For Wichita's Future

A second round of engagement meetings will soon get underway in Wichita. The meetings are designed to get input from residents to help shape the future of the community. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meetings will include discussions about a long-range comprehensive plan for Wichita and Sedgwick County.

The new initiative is called the Community Investments Plan, a strategy for the city and county that focuses on policies for growth and investment in public infrastructure for the next 20 years.

City/County Planner Dave Barber says the gatherings will have a different focus than recent ACT/ICT community meetings.

“Some of the input we’ve got has been focused on more shorter term city investment priorities," Barber says. "Also testing more community willingness for city sales tax or property tax increases so our May/June meetings are really focused on the long term plan."

Discussions will center on stakeholder interest areas such as Business, Health, Arts and Education.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer says the meetings will address how best to grow, how much to spend and where best to make future investments of public funds.

Input from the community meetings and other feedback will become part of the draft plan. 

Facilitated meetings will be held in the downtown YMCA at 5:15 PM on their respective dates.

Date        Stakeholder interest areas

May 15   Business, Industry, Commerce, Transportation

May 22   Building, Development, Real Estate

May 29   Engineering, Architecture, Design, Environment

June 5    Arts, Culture, Recreation

June 12  Social Services, Community Health and Wellness

June 19  Neighborhoods

June 26 Education