Character Change: Planning for effective land use transitions at the neighborhood level

APA Kansas Chapter


Thursday, October 19, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDT

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As a community’s land use pattern changes over time, development pressures can alter the fabric of established neighborhoods. Learn how two communities are addressing the challenges of incremental character change to smooth the transition of land uses within key established districts.


Most communities see their development pattern change incrementally over time. Many established neighborhoods struggle with land use incompatibility as their district’s identity slowly changes. Sometimes, neighborhoods need to be protected with measures that limit the encroachment of conflicting development. Other times, market forces should be embraced to encourage a successful transition in land uses. Selecting the correct approach can determine a district’s fate and influence the character of an entire community. 


This session will review how the cities of Derby and Kechi, Kansas have opted to facilitate character change with recent plans for established districts. Participants will learn:


·         The specific issues each city faced and the factors that determined their approach.


·         Solutions to their identified issues and how the solutions are being implemented to affect change.


·         How each city engaged neighborhood residents and stakeholders to develop a plan with consensus support.


Mitch Coffman, AICP

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Planning Project Manager, Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) Location: Wichita, Kansas Biography: Mitch Coffman has over 11 years of professional planning experience; the past 5 as Planning Project Manager at Professional Engineering Consultants. Mitch has worked on a variety of planning efforts from long-range policy to short-range implementation. His ... Read More

Cody Bird, AICP

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: City Planner, City of Derby Location: Derby, Kansas Biography: Cody Bird is the City Planner for the City of Derby, KS and is responsible for the city’s current and long-range planning activities, zoning administration and assists with the city’s economic development efforts. Before joining Derby in ... Read More

Scott Dunakey, AICP

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Planning Team Leader, Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) Location: Wichita, Kansas Biography: Scott Dunakey is the Planning Team Leader for Professional Engineering Consultants and has 17 years of experience in land use, transportation, infrastructure and economic development planning. Prior to joining PEC in 2008, he worked for several public ... Read More

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