Comprehensive Plan Update
March 25, 2019
The City Council approved a contract with Confluence, Inc. to assist with the Comprehensive Plan Update. Confluence is an experienced firm that has completed a number of successful projects in Merriam.
Confluence’s proposal for updating the Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here.
In the coming weeks, Confluence will work with the city to craft and implement a public outreach program. Additional information and how the public can participate will be posted as it becomes available.
The City of Merriam is working with Confluence to prepare a comprehensive land use plan. Using the City’s existing plan as the beginning point, the new, updated plan will provide vision, goals, objectives, and policies to guide the City’s development and redevelopment for the next 20 years. The plan will guide City Council, various advisory boards, planning commission, staff, and residents on the appropriate growth and redevelopment for Merriam.
The updated plan will integrate all aspects of urban development including demographics, land use recommendations, public facilities, transportation, environmental, and trends. A critical component of the plan will be setting the vision for the City’s development and redevelopment. The vision component will need to analyze how technology is changing land use planning. A key component of the plan will be an analysis of the impact that disruptive technologies (ride sharing, short-term residential rentals, driverless vehicles, electric scooters, and bicycles, etc.) will have on land uses in Merriam.
The comprehensive planning process will be modeled after the successful Shawnee Mission Parkway Corridor Plan procedure. The planning process will be guided by a steering committee appointed by the Mayor. The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will work directly with Confluence to undertake the comprehensive plan update.