City of Eudora encourages residents to complete survey as comprehensive plan update starts

As the city of Eudora starts updating its comprehensive plan, it’s asking residents how they want their community to grow over the next 20 years.

An 18-question survey on the comprehensive plan is now available on the city’s website. Mayor Tim Reazin said it’s important for residents to fill out the survey because the plan will provide a blueprint for the city’s growth, land use and infrastructure investments.

“I personally hope we have a valid survey with a good portion of the community filling it out,” he said. “I would like to hear what the community is thinking rather than just five commissioners and the city manager and his staff.”

In the survey, residents are asked how much they would like the city to grow in the next 20 years and what kind of development they want to see. Survey respondents are also asked about their top priorities for city infrastructure investments; what kinds of infrastructure developers should be required to provide; and current conditions in the city that most concern them.

For those wanting to learn more about the comprehensive plan process, the city will also hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., Reazin said.

The city’s comprehensive plan was last updated in 2003, with some sections reviewed in 2005, Reazin said. At that time, Eudora was experiencing rapid growth, adding at least 100 new homes annually. The city’s growth stalled in 2009 with the start of the recession, but it’s rebounded in the last three years, with new home starts in the 20s each year. That makes the 2020 comprehensive plan update timely, Reazin said.

More growth could be on the horizon in south Eudora because of last year’s agreement between the city and Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4, Reazin said. That deal ended a decadelong legal dispute about which jurisdiction would provide water service to customers within the Eudora city limits south of Kansas Highway 10. Now that a framework exists for Eudora to provide service to those areas, Reazin said, developers might be more comfortable with starting new subdivisions there.

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