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Derby Nearing Completion Of Vision Derby 2040 Plan

The City of Derby is encouraging feedback from residents on Vision Derby 2040, a comprehensive plan for where the city wants to be in the next 20 years.

The city is inviting residents to view an online presentation during the Derby Planning Commission meeting Thursday, where officials will present plans to address community needs through 2040.

The plans include implementing the idea of mixed-use development to integrate residential and commercial development. This will make it easier for people to walk between residential neighborhoods and commercial districts.

“It is going to be a totally different approach to development than what has happened in Derby for the last, well, 50 years or so,” said Derby City Planner Scott Knebel.

Plans in Vision Derby 2040 also look at fixing and revitalizing existing infrastructure, specifically targeting the K-15 area. A new traffic signal and an internal street system are proposed for the K-15 business district.

In terms of expansion, the plans include the creation of the Derby Grand Tour, a street network that will connect neighborhoods, schools and parks.

Residents can view plans and leave comments at VisionDerby.com. They can also view the online presentation during the meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at DerbyKS.com/Channel7.

Hafsa Quraishi is KMUW's inaugural Korva Coleman Diversity Intern. Hafsa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York.