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Rosedale Master Plan headed to Planning Commission

The Rosedale Master Plan is scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14, and public comment is welcomed.  After almost a year of gathering data and community input, the full plan is now ready for adoption.

“It’s a thoughtful plan that gives a variety of options and that has allowed plenty of input from Rosedale residents to help form it,” Rosedale resident Pastor Tom Van Duzer said.

At 10 public meetings Rosedalians took a hard look at neighborhood strengths and weaknesses and identified community priorities like improving parks, green spaces and bicycle and pedes­trian infrastructure, addressing blighted properties, bringing in new development that fits the unique character of Rosedale, and improving housing while maintaining affordability. The many and varied conversations were distilled down into the vision statement for the Rosedale Master Plan: “A vibrant, diverse and walkable neighborhood with metro-wide access that provides a delightful and safe place to live, work, shop and play.”

Meeting participants ranked possible solutions and plans for issues like increased traffic
around the University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center area, development along 39th Ave., and the lack of a Rosedale community center. The community gave feedback on options for land use and density in different areas and ranked options for changes to 47th St., Rainbow Blvd., and the Southwest Blvd./Rainbow Blvd. intersection.

Rosedale Development Association was pleased to see many diverse individuals who live and work in Rosedale show up to make their voices heard. We appreciated the commitment of planning firms BNIM, InSITE, and TranSystems and the Unified Government Planning Department to listening to the community well and crafting a plan based on real community needs and priorities.

Rosedalians can read the draft version of the Rosedale Master Plan at, as well as the results of the traffic study and the presentations from the public meetings.
Please join your friends and neighbors at the November 14th Planning Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 701 N 7th St., Kansas City, KS to make your voice heard in the adoption of the Rosedale Master Plan.