The Louisburg Master Trails Plan: High Impact Community Engagement for an Implementable Plan

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
11 a.m. - noon CDT

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The Louisburg Master Trails Plan was funded by the MARC Creating Sustainable Places Program. This plan sought to catalog all sidewalk and bike/ped facilities, identify community needs for future trails and bike/ped facilities, conduct a technical assessment of needs and present a list of projects that could be implemented by a small city. The team assessed every street and developed a criteria for sidewalk condition and instead of public meetings that are ineffective, created a saturation effort in the fall of 2017 that created public awareness and interest. Doing this got fantastic public feedback that was useful in developing the prioritization of projects. The 3 takeaways: 1. Taking a community from no data on sidewalk conditions to something they can use and update 2. Developing a cost-effective and productive public engagement campaign (NO MORE PUBLIC MEETINGS!) 3. Developing an implementation strategy that is rightsized for the community and that will lead to success.


Jean Carder

Has worked in publishing and communications for over 20 years. Served on Planning Commission and City Council prior to working for the City. Was named the Louisburg Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizen of the Year. Read More

Cale Doornbas

17 Years experience Has worked globally on planning & design in the Middle East, Africa and closer to home on projects such as the Black and Veatch World Headquarters Expansion, the Dairy Farmers of America Headquarters, the Kansas State Olathe Innovation Campus Master Plan and the 51st and Oak mixed use ... Read More

Lisa Koch

Owner of Groundswell Consulting Associate Transportation Researcher in the KU Transportation Center and Lecturer of Urban Planning 15 Years of planning experience Read More

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