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K-7 Corridor Economic Development Strategy

Leavenworth and Wyandotte County, Kansas

In early 2011, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), in conjunction with a number of other partners, initiated the creation of this K-7 Corridor Economic Development Strategy. The purpose of this study was to develop a land use and economic development strategy for the K-7 Corridor in Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties that will align with the planned future incremental conversion of the facility to a freeway.

The approximately 13-mile corridor study area extends from the Kaw River on the south in Bonner Springs to the City of Leavenworth on the north end. This study includes a market analysis to assess the viability of various future development options that may occur along the corridor as well as an assessment of priorities for the transportation investments necessary to eventually convert the facility to a freeway over time.

This study was led by a Core Team comprised of representatives of the following study partners:

  • Basehor
  • Bonner Springs
  • Lansing
  • Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth County
  • Leavenworth County Port Authority
  • Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT)
  • Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce
  • Unified Government

A planning team led by Confluence assisted the Core Team and led the planning efforts associated with this project. A series of meetings and coordination activities were facilitated to incorporate a broad range of community input from key stakeholders, agencies, and constituents along the entire corridor. These meetings included individual and small group interviews, strategy review meetings with the Core Team, planning update meetings with two standing K-7 Corridor Technical Committees, and three public meetings.

This study concludes with recommendations that the jurisdictions along the K-7 Corridor in Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties pursue a “Growing Together” concept intended to achieve the following results:

  • A strategy for orderly growth along the corridor, with initial development focused on areas contiguous to existing areas of development.
  • A commitment to implementing cohesive design guidelines that will result in higher quality development.
  • A higher degree of mixed-use development than what currently exists in the corridor.
  • A priority for incremental freeway conversion moving from south to north along the corridor, with a mix of both overpasses and interchanges.

The report summarizes the study efforts undertaken during the planning process, and provides a summary of relevant factors, considerations, and recommendations for improving the economic development potential of this important corridor.