Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2003

Sewers, sidewalks lead concerns

Community comments on comprehensive plan before Eudora City Council’s vote Monday

September 18, 2003

Eudora is projected to gain 5,000 residents in the next 20 years, and a document more than two years in the works is anticipated to guide the city through that growth. The Eudora City Council will look at passing a 20-year comprehensive plan Monday, but Eudorans had their chance to speak out on the planning guide earlier this month.
The comprehensive plan addresses growth issues ranging from future land use to estimated infrastructure needs. However, Eudorans voiced their concerns about issues such as transportation and sewer service.
During past public input portions of the project, city planning consultant Sean Ackerson said the community emphasized the desire for parks and recreation facilities. But during the open hearing earlier this month, Homer Broers said he worried about planning for enough sidewalks and paths for children to get to school, especially those traveling east-west to and from West Elementary School along 12th Street.
"Parks are fine, but you've got to have trails for kids to be safe on," he said.
Ackerson said the plan identified a need to continue 14th Street to the west, taking pressure and traffic off 12th Street. Moreover, he said a need had been identified to have a pedestrian connection over Kansas Highway 10 to connect neighborhoods north of the highway with the junior high and high schools.
Ackerson said sewer drainage wasn't addressed from an engineering standpoint in the comprehensive plan. Rather, he said, the plan recommended to adopt flood adopt flood protection standards and identify major tributaries.
During the time for public comments, Leo Lauber congratulated the city on getting as far as it had on the planning document.
"The very nature of planning is to look into the future," he said. "And most of us can't do that very well."
Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen said it was important to try. Part of the plan does attempt to foresee how Eudora might change in the future, including its population. Aside from the 5,000 residents who could be expected to move in during the 20-year life of the comprehensive plan, the city could stand to grow by 2,000 or 3,000 in the next decade alone.
The plan also asks city leaders to project the demands on streets, sewer and water systems, as well as how Eudora's land will be used in the future. Ackerson said the plan identified patterns similar to current use, including new residential development along K-10.
The City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

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