Rethinking Development in Manhattan

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 26, 2018
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. CDT

CM | 1.25

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Manhattan is #7 among the fastest growing cities in Kansas for 2018 according to recent Census data. Given the rolling terrain, the confluence of the Kansas and Big Blue Rivers, and the beauty of the Flint Hills Region, the City and its leaders have good reason for their interests to preserve the character of their community. Limiting their progress though, is the disconnect between their development regulations and recently adopted Comprehensive Plan. Also, there are many long-standing and more recently emerging issues to be addressed. These include a paramount issue of resolving the ever-increasing problems with nonconformities in the once low-density neighborhoods nearest to KSU that have transitioned, many illegally, to student housing; capitalizing on redevelopment in Aggieville, Downtown, and adjacent to the University; ensuring good, sustainable development now reaching deeper into the Flint Hills; and addressing more recent issues involving short-term rentals and tiny homes, together with maximum parking limits, etc. The three objectives of this session are to: - Walk through the strategic thinking; the divergent perspectives of property owners, planning staff, and the City Commission; and the pointed regulations designed to gain conformance and to regain neighborhood integrity; - Discuss how short-term rentals, tiny homes and other shared economies are impacting Manhattan and the means taken to accommodate and manage them; and - Outline the "lessons learned" for other communities to use as they update or rewrite their plans and regulations and tackle difficult issues like these and others that will be discussed.


Christopher Shires, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Christopher Shires, AICP, is a Principal with Confluence, a professional landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm with offices in Des Moines, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Cedar Rapids, Omaha, and Minneapolis. Chris has over 23 years of planning experience with 18 years of that as a planner and planning manager ... Read More

Chad Bunger, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Chad Bunger is the Assistant Director of Community Development and Floodplain Administrator for the City of Manhattan. He has been heading up the City’s Floodplain Management activities for over 7 years and has worked hard to reduce residents and business owners risk of flooding through policies, planning and public ... Read More

Bret Keast, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Bret C. Keast, AICP, is President and Owner of Kendig Keast Collaborative and enCodePlus, LLC. Bret has a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning, a specialty in Architecture, and a second degree in Speech Communication from Iowa State University. He also has a Master of Urban Planning degree from ... Read More

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