Poster: Planning For A Divided Community
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(MUP) students at the University of Kansas, were selected by the City of Lake Lotawana, Missouri, to re-write their outdated comprehensive plan.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.
, Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning
Confirmed SpeakerHello! I am a second year Master's in Urban Planning student at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk! I also received my undergraduate degree in Film and Media Studies from KU in 2011. I am currently an intern in the Unified Government of Wyandotte County Planning Department, where I have been since December of 2015. In addition to this I am also an Adjutant General branched First Lieutenant in the Kansas Army National Guard, where I serve as the Battalion S1 - supervising the personnel section of the Battalion. I have been a member of the military since 2012. Prior to my time at the Unified Government I was a Lane Supervisor at FedEx Freight. My interests in the planning field are primarily in the areas of: land use, comprehensive and long range planning. Though I am also very interested in the topics of Sustainability, Green Development and Transportation.
, Overland Park
Confirmed SpeakerI am currently receiving my Masters in Urban Planning from the wonderful University of Kansas - Rock Chalk! I am very passionate about sustainable community planning and equitable land use. I obtained my LEED Green Associate accreditation two years ago to further my understanding of green building design and site planning techniques that incorporate natural systems. I am an active member of Women in Transportation (WTS) where I sit on a committee focused on engaging girls ages 13 - 18 in STEM-related fields. I also am the Media Chair of the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Central Plains Chapter Emerging Professionals group where I help organize events in the Kansas City area for young professionals interested in sustainability. I am a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, and look forward to the opportunities that will arise upon my graduation in May 2017.