Planning for Industrial Uses circa 2018: Challenges and Benefits

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 26, 2018
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CDT

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Understand the challenges cities and counties face planning for infrastructure and services within "planned" industrial areas on the urban fringe contrasted with the challenges of providing for infill development near Downtown neighborhoods within proximity to residential that were converted during Urban Renewal in the 1960s for Industrial uses. Topeka case study will focus on a recent case of a food manufacturing plant that developed in a residential area not originally thought to be considered for "Industrial" land uses when the City updated its future land use map in 2015. Using this case study, Topeka planners will describe how it achieved a relatively desirable outcome by collaborating with City departments and other stakeholders, and responding to the concerns of the residents in its review and recommendation of a planned unit development master plan and amendment to the future land use map. Wichita planners will discuss an urban renewal area north of downtown and the issues and challenges with redevelopment and infill that has yet to find a suitable solution after over 50 years of planning.


Scott Knebel, AICP

With over 25 years of local government experience, Scott specializes in downtown, neighborhood, area, and corridor planning and the techniques that communities can use to improve the quality of public services and infrastructure as well as revitalize struggling areas. Scott has a Master of Public Administration degree from Wichita State ... Read More

Susan Duffy

Susan Duffy, General Manager of the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority since 2012. Prior to coming to Topeka Metro, Duffy served in several senior management positions in Kansas state government. including Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Kansas Corporation Commission; Fiscal Controller and Director of Research for the Kansas ... Read More

Bill Fiander, AICP

Served as Planning Director for City of Topeka from 2012 to 2018. Served as Deputy Planning Director for City of Topeka from 2003 to 2012. Expertise in planning management, land use planning, growth management, and neighborhood planning. Also previously worked as a planner for the City of Richmond (VA) and ... Read More

Annie Driver, AICP

Annie has been employed as a city planner with the City of Topeka from 2005 to 2018. She has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. Annie has significant experience in areas of development review, rezoning, subdivision platting, neighborhood revitalization, and land use planning with ... Read More

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