APA Kansas Chapter


Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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In an effort to improve the overall appearance and safety of Kansas City, Kansas, the Unified Government has started a new initiative call SOAR -Stabilization, Occupation and Revitalization.  This effort began in January 2016 with staff from across the Unified Government coming together to discuss concerns about property maintenance, vacant and abandoned properties and issues of safety being shared by residents and businesses alike.  Discussions centered around the obstacles and challenges facing staff as it related to improving the appearance and safety of the community.  From those facilitated discussions, staff determined that more robust data and data sharing was need to address these community concerns.  There was also a significant desire to enhance communications with residents and businesses related to property maintenance and safety programs, as well as a need to enhance processes for prompt respond to issues or concerns related to poorly maintained properties by the Unified Government.


Melissa Sieben (Mundt)

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Assistant County Administrator, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS Location: Kansas City, KS Biography: Melissa Sieben (Mundt) joined the Unified Government’s County Administration team in 2015. She brings (19) years of municipal experience. Sieben is responsible for providing direct oversight of County and City ... Read More

Rob Richardson, AICP

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Director of Planning, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS Location: Kansas City, Kansas Biography: Director of Planning for KCK for 14 years. 25 years of professional planning experience. Graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas. Read More

Contact Info

Bonnie Johnson, bojojohn@ku.edu