In general, planning represents good stewardship. Overland Park has a well-deserved reputation as a good place to live, do business, attract visitors and have fun. The Overland Park we enjoy today is the result of deliberate planning and commitment to following through on those plans. Progression is always happening and we must periodically pause to assess our current status and look to the future to ensure that we are pursuing a path of success for today and the future.

The vision plan will be:

A targeted long-term plan

that sets the direction for Overland Park considering all aspects of community life. All of the city’s other plans should be aligned with the vision plan. Some of the vision plan’s goals may be assigned to other organizations and groups throughout the community for accomplishment as appropriate.

Driven by the Overland Park community’s insight and aspirations.

Community engagement is an essential and relevant aspect of the vision plan process, and the final plan will be a product around which the community can identify and unify.

Why should you participate?

This is a special opportunity. We need your help.

This is a special moment in time for the community and it won’t come around again for a number of years so you won’t want to miss out on participating. Now is the time to come together think about the future Overland Park.

It’s your community. You are the expert.

If you live, work, learn, worship or play in Overland Park we need your input! Your ideas and your feedback will ensure that this vision and strategic plan reflects the authentic voice of the community.

Planning is the first step to action.

Overland Park has a legacy of planning and following through on those plans. The city is committed to putting Forward OP’s plan to action through specific projects, policies, and programs. Your input truly can shape the future of the community.

Who is involved?

Steering Committee

Process and outreach

A 26-member citizen steering committee is helping to guide the public process and the plan’s recommendations. The group is representative of the city’s many diverse interests. The planning consulting team will facilitate the steering committee’s work, convene public workshops, conduct technical work and draft the plan.

Community Connectors

Outreach

Over 100 “community connectors” are helping to spread the word about Forward OP and inviting people to get involved in the process.

Public

Input and feedback

Widespread public involvement is vital to Forward OP’s success. A number of in-person workshops and online tools will offer a variety of ways for the community to give input throughout the 14-month process.

Project Management

Coordination

The City of Overland Park, The Chamber of Commerce and Visit OP have come together to fund and oversee this planning effort. City staff along with staff from each organization will support and help to coordinate the work and will also provide local knowledge and expertise to each element of the plan.

Elected Officials

Adoption

The final plan will be formally adopted by City Council who will have a central role in its implementation.

Consultants

Process, leadership, expertise

Planning NEXT will work closely with the Steering Committee and Leadership Team to facilitate the process and share experience from other successful communities nationwide.