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The City of Overland Park is launching an ambitious effort for achieving the vision of ForwardOP.

Introduction

FrameworkOP is a community-driven process to update the City’s comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is a policy guide that describes, via text and graphics, the City’s intentions for directing future land development that aligns with the goals of the community. Having been created nearly 40 years ago, the plan is considered a “traditional” model while newer plans include community engagement, encompass social and environmental issues, and focus on implementation steps. The FrameworkOP process gives our community the opportunity to explore the future of important topics such as housing, population, parks and recreation, community services, and economic trends. These conversations will help define the specific projects, policies, and programs the City will implement over the next several years. By getting involved, you can ensure that our plan reflects the voices and aspirations of all Overland Park residents. 

Why should you participate?

Help shape the future of Overland Park (OP).

The comprehensive plan is a policy guide that covers topics such as housing, population, parks and recreation, community services, and economic trends. This will guide our community for the next several decades so you won’t want to miss out on participating. Now is the time to come together and help shape the future of Overland Park.

It’s your community. You are the expert.

If you live, work, learn, worship, or play in Overland Park we need your input! Your ideas and your feedback will ensure that this comprehensive plan maintains our quality of life while bringing even more vibrancy to our community.

Planning ensures we achieve our vision.

Overland Park has a legacy of planning and following through on those plans. ForwardOP established the City’s vision for the future and now is the time to define the specific steps to get us there. Your input will help put the plan into action through specific projects, policies, and programs. By sharing your thoughts and ideas, we can achieve our vision one step at a time.

It’s a unique moment in time for Overland Park.

The current comprehensive plan was created nearly 40 years ago. While updates have been reviewed each year, it’s time for a detailed look at what’s working well and what can be improved. Help make sure that our plan supports the goals and desires of everyone in our community.

Who is involved?

Steering Committee

Process leadership.

The Committee is a diverse group of community members that will meet regularly throughout the process provide guidance on the process and substance of the Plan, will serve as community advocates, and may serve as stewards of the completed Plan.

Advisory Teams / Stakeholders

Targeted input.

Various stakeholder groups and individuals will convene to inform specific aspects of the plan. These groups include business leaders, neighborhood associations, real estate professionals and developers, educational institutions, students, young professionals, community experts, and others to be identified.

Public

Input and feedback.

Community participation is vital to the plan’s success. Three distinct rounds of engagement opportunities and online tools will offer a variety of different ways for the community to give input throughout the process.

City Staff

Coordination.

City staff will support and help coordinate the work of all other groups and provide local knowledge and expertise.

Elected Officials

Monitor and Adopt.

City Council will monitor the process through input and periodic briefings with the expectation to formally adopt the final plan. City Council will have a central role in implementation through regulatory updates or funding allocations and will support implementation through the development review process.

Consultants

Process leadership, expertise.

Planning NEXT will facilitate the process and share experience from other successful communities. Clarion Associates, Kimley Horn, TischlerBise, and Ninigret Partners will facilitate the process and provide technical expertise.

Timeline

The planning process was launched in August 2022 and will take approximately 20-24 months to complete, ending in the Spring of 2024. Several opportunities for public input are included in the process to gather insight from the community.

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