After many work sessions and public outreach, the Dodge City Commission on Monday approved the Dodge City 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

The new plan will replace the previous one that was last made in 2003.

According to city officials, a comprehensive plan is "a roadmap that a community can use to define its collective goals and desires, ultimately expressing the fundamental image and direction of the community."

It provides a framework for making future physical and economic development and community policy decisions.

"This comprehensive plan meets all of the statutory requirements and will offer guidance for future development and redevelopment and policy creation and decisions for the city through the year 2030," said Dodge City planning and zoning administrator Nathan Littrell.

On May 22, Littrell said, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and followed with voting to make a recommendation of adoption to the city commission.

The physical plan component in place will have a mapping of generalized land uses and describe policies and the relationships between different land uses with the considered growth that will occur in Dodge City.

The Comprehensive Plan would focus on areas for transportation, housing, water, park areas, the zoo and future land use, among others.

According to the plan presented by the city, Dodge City is estimated to see a population increase of 10 percent by 2020.

For future land use, some of the areas that will be looked at for possible development is the West Comanche Street Corridor with its two sub-areas. Those areas are the eastern portion from 14th Avenue heading west to Mariah Hills Golf Course and Maple Grove Cemetery and then from Matt Down Lane west to Boot Hill Casino and Resort and United Wireless Arena.

City officials said commercial development would also be dependent of the extension of Comanche Street through to Highway 50.

Another area for possible land use would be on Avenue P.

The city area of focus would be just south of Comanche Street and north to Highway 50, while a smaller commercial development located at the intersection of Avenue P and Comanche Street would be needed to serve the eastern, central portion of the city.

The area could also bring in a new elementary school as the school district would also need to expand. The rest of the area would be ideal for various residential development.

Public comments from the work sessions and public engagement sessions included a desire to see current vacant buildings updated and utilized; extending Comanche Street to the arena/casino; curbside recycling; improving playground equipment and adding shaded areas, picnic tables and bike and walking paths; adding amenities at the golf course; and adding programs at the library.

Regarding current and new businesses, some members of the public complained that Dodge City was trying to attract retail and food service business rather than businesses offering better-paying jobs. One suggestion was that the best way to retain young adults could come from the formation of a four-year college and diversifying local industry.

"Everybody has done an excellent job," Commissioner Joyce Warshaw said of putting the comprehensive plan together. "I am very appreciative of it and have heard comments already out in the community about this."

The plan was approved unanimously with a 5-0 vote.

City commissioners also approved the purchase of land at 1409 Park St. for $104,375.

"This would be an effort to acquire this property to eventually relocate the Public Works facilities to adjoin the parks facilities it is necessary to acquire this parcel of land located at 1409 Park Street," said Melissa McCoy, assistant to the city manager. "This would be the last piece of property that would be needed at Park Street and Cottonwood Street and if we were to acquire this is would put us in a better position to work and create some efficiencies within departments and will be paid through the development and growth fund."

Commissioners approved the purchase with a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Kent Smoll was the nay vote.


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