The Community Development is working with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for two Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) projects. The PSP efforts work to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of vibrant places that offer a mix of options for housing, jobs, services, and recreation; connected places with a variety of transportation options; and green places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment.
The City of Overland Park is leading the first PSP program and is focused on the Merriam Drive corridor. The purpose of this corridor plan is to analyze the relationship between land use and transportation along Merriam Drive and make recommendations regarding appropriate land uses, internal mobility enhancements, and multi-modal opportunities along the corridor. The study is an opportunity to develop a cohesive development strategy for this historical corridor and connect the gateways of two communities (Downtown Merriam and Rosedale) via two other jurisdictions (Overland Park and Mission). The project will reach out and engage corridor residents, business and property owners, users, and neighboring jurisdiction in the planning process.
The second PSP project will start mid-April and will is focused on Downtown Merriam Drive. This study will provide a detailed analysis of downtown Merriam’s redevelopment potential, building design, land uses, economic development potential, and transportation network. The project will use the analysis to create recommendations for land uses, redevelopment, and most importantly, Merriam Drive street design. The street design recommendations will utilize a “complete street” approach to provide for multi-modal travel on and along Merriam Drive. The project will reach out and engage corridor residents, business and property owners, users, and neighboring jurisdictions in the planning process.