Derby looks to create a “walkable” community

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As the City of Derby continues to develop, officials are looking to become a more “walk-friendly” community.

City officials want to create a Walkable Development Plan.

“We’ve had a history of focusing on walkability since the 1990’s,” said Dan Squires, the City of Derby’s director of Planning and Engineering. “Walkability and our beautiful green spaces are one of the reasons people choose to live in Derby.”

The city has around 25 miles of bike paths, plus it opened two new parks with a third one opening in the future.

“We realize from the community that that’s important to the residents and people around us,” said Squires.

The Walkable Development plan would be the first formal plan for the city. As of right now, it only has policies on what the city requires.

“We want to develop a plan and have a framework moving forward that we can implement,” Squires explained.

He added that many residents focus on their health, and some of Derby’s population isn’t capable of driving. 

“It’s a big amenity that people can walk to the places that they want to be,” said Squires.

The City of Derby is hosting an open house tonight for the public to attend. This will be an opportunity to learn about the project and provide suggestions.

  • November 28, 4-6 p.m.
  • The Pavilion at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E. Madison Avenue

“We can tailor the plan to be what the residents want,” Squires said. “We sit in our offices and speculate, but really, to have a good plan, you need the community to weigh in and tell you what their desires are.” 

This will be the first of three public meetings. The second meeting will give officials an opportunity to share what they learned at the first meeting and the direction they’re headed, plus more public input. City officials hope to present the finalized plan by the third meeting.

Once the plan is finalized, 80% of project funding will come from the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and 20% from the City.

For more information on the Walkable Development Plan, visit the City of Derby’s website.

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