Poster: Planning For A Divided Community

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

In Fall 2016, the Jayhawk Planners, a group of Masters in Urban Planning (MUP) students at the University of Kansas, were selected by the City of Lake Lotawana, Missouri, to re-write their outdated comprehensive plan. The project stretches across two semesters of the MUP program. The Fall Semester focuses on community engagement and information gathering. The Spring Semester will focus on drafting a new comprehensive plan. The primary challenge in Lake Lotawana is the private lake that the majority of the community resides on. The Lake serves as both a physical and cultural barrier within the community, as it is governed by a homeowner's association and thus almost entirely removed from the purview of the City. Students were tasked with finding creative ways to engage all members of the public, ensuring that the Lake residents were not the only voices heard; including: mapping activities, visualization exercises, online surveys, and in-person conversations to better understand what the community envisions for their future. At this point, we are in the middle of this project, but by May 2017, we will have completed the public involvement component and drafted a comprehensive plan for Lake Lotawana. We will share best practices gleaned from this entire process with conference attendees in May.


Kyle Kobe , Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning , Wichita , KS (see bio)
Tresa Carter , Overland Park , KS (see bio)