Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Integrated Planning

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Integrated Planning

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Our local taxes have supported three plans to protect and develop our city and county: the City of Topeka 2040 Plan, Go Topeka's Holistic Plan and Shawnee County's 2037 plan. All planning functions took thousands of hours of staff, consultant and volunteer time.

The first focuses on Topeka's land use, housing, safety and infrastructure service limits. The public-private Go Topeka plan stresses problems of education gaps, poverty and our ability to attract young workers. The Shawnee County plan is concerned with the protection of economic resources such as irreplaceable farmland and the "costs" of unplanned or "scattered" development outside city limits.

All three give partial testimony to citizen concerns and passions. We don't and maybe can't learn what the actual planning costs have been in property and sales tax dollars. …

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