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Planning session to focus on grwoth

County offers variety of workshops on planning issues

February 15, 2006

The Johnson County planning director will discuss his county's growth next Wednesday night during a training session at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

As part of a several-part training series aimed at helping elected and appointed officials understand more about planning issues, Leavenworth County is hosting speakers each month.

Next Wednesday, Dean Palos, director of planning for Johnson County, will discuss his county's explosive growth during the past 20 years and what he and his staff have learned from the experience. Palos also worked on the Lawrence-Douglas County planning staff.

His talk will begin at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at the courthouse, 300 Walnut, Leavenworth. It is open to the public.

Palos' discussion of growth in Johnson County is among several sessions that have been organized by Chris Dunn, Leavenworth County planning director, to help educate area officials about planning issues.

Here's a look at other sessions that Dunn has scheduled:

  • "Traffic Sheds: Think of Watersheds, But With Cars," 6 p.m. March 22, led by Clyde E. Prem, engineer with HNTB. His presentation will be followed at 7 p.m. by a session on "Sign Management."
  • "Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses," 6 p.m. April 26, led by Darrell Fields of the Mid-America Regional Council. His session will be followed at 7 p.m. by Lynn McClure, executive director of Leavenworth County Development Corp., who will discuss how communities can be prepared when development opportunities arise.
  • "Planning for Environmentally Sensitive Areas," 6 p.m. May 24, by Tom Jacobs of the Mid-America Regional Council. A second session that evening, which will begin at 7, will be presented on MetroGreen, by Steven Rhoades, also of the Mid-America Regional Council. MetroGreen is a plan to build a network of more than 1,100 miles of greenway trails.

Other sessions will focus on geographic information systems and planning; transferring of development rights; eminent domain; how to create a vision for a community; addressing systems' importance; historic preservation; agricultural zoning; cellular towers; subdivision design; and wastewater system alternatives.

Other sessions will be added, including a half-day session on the fundamentals of land development, Dunn said.

For more information about any sessions, contact Dunn, (913) 684-0465, or via e-mail at For the most recent schedule of sessions, visit the county's Web site: and search with these key words: training session.

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