Archive for Thursday, December 13, 2007

Community visions effort promising

December 13, 2007

Last week, a group of citizens, invited by the city and responding to an open invitation created a wish list of what the city of Eudora needs to move ahead in the next 20 to 30 years. That timeframe gave the group its name -- the 20-30 Vision Group.

As is often the case with these types of visioning exercises, the group was split into three subcommittees tasked with thinking big without worrying about the constraints of funding, quality-of-life issues, economic development and land use and infrastructure.

Despite that directive, the ideas developed were down-to-earth, common sense ones. They included such things as hiring a community economic development director, developing a traffic plan, recruiting business and helping existing one grow, resolving the lawsuit with Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4 and downtown growth.

Those are concerns that have been on the minds of many in the community for some time. The promise of the 20-30 Vision Group is that it will focus on finding solutions to the issues. The subcommittees are to meet in the months ahead to develop timeframes and ultimately a plan the Eudora City Council can use to formulate a capital improvement plan.

Eudora is long overdue for a comprehensive, community developed capital improvement plan and last week's meeting was an encouraging and welcome start to that objective.

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