Long-range planning typically entails the development of Comprehensive Plans that aim to envision the future. The City of Andover generally uses a 10-year planning horizon. The Comprehensive Plan is intended to shape development over time. The City also develops additional plans/studies to complement the adopted Comprehensive Plan – usually content and/or location specific. For example, corridor studies are plans that define relationships between a roadway and its adjacent land. Corridors identified through the Comprehensive Plan may be selected for further and more detailed analysis through a corridor study. Review of applications to subdivide and develop land, change a property’s zoning district classification, authorize a special use and/or approve a commercial site plan, among other development activities, are steered by the goals, policies and action strategies contained within the Comprehensive Plan. Over the long run, site-specific decisions guided by the Zoning Regulations, Subdivision Regulations and Site Plan Review Standards transform the City, moving it towards the vision in the plan. Conditions regularly change, and thus the plans used by the City are guidance documents only.
WHAT TYPE OF QUESTIONS DOES LONG-RANGE PLANNING HELP ANSWER?
What will be the impact of future residents and where will they live?
How will Andover's growing population impact the demand for community services and resources?
What sort of employment/economic development opportunities will be available or should be incentivized?
What type of housing products should be encouraged?
What facilities will these new residents and employers require?
What will be the impact on the City's financial resources?
Where and how should Andover's growth be accommodated? Should the growth move out into the Planning Area -- outside of the current City limits? Should it stay within the current boundaries of the City? Should it move north, south or east?
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2014-2023 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The 2014-2023 Comprehensive Plan defines the general location, character, extent and relationship of future land uses. It promotes the desired pattern and character of growth. Generally, the plan sets out the public policies governing future physical, social and economic development efforts. It presents the relationship between population, natural resources and transportation, and how they impact growth and development. The plan was developed by City officials, other public entities, the business community and the citizens of Andover.
2014-2024 PARK SYSTEM MASTER PLAN
This plan assesses existing park and recreational facilities, analyzes community needs, determines objectives, suggests implementation strategies and establishes priorities and budgets for components of the park system over a 10-year period. This plan aims to help the City develop a park system that meets both current expectations and future demand. The plan reflects the input of City officials, other public entities, the business community and the citizens of Andover.
US 54/400 CORRIDOR STUDY
The City, in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, initiated a 2.5-mile corridor study along US 54/400 from 159th St. to Prairie Creek Rd. This plan helps the City make development decisions along the corridor that promote the vision of the community.