Corridors provide a connection between different areas or destinations. Major transportation corridors link our destinations and activities and make it easier to move around the City using various modes of travel. Among these are regional and local transit corridors, greenway trails, and multimodal corridors supported by complementing land uses that connect key areas of the City.
The Commercial Corridor designation includes the three-mile stretch of commercial development along East Santa Fe Street (K-150) running east from the downtown to a point just west of Pflumm Road. This corridor will continue to accommodate a full range of commercial uses, including auto-oriented uses, but has the opportunity to be transformed over time into a corridor that is more walkable and incorporates other types of uses.
Constraints and challenges for the Commercial Corridor are numerous: dated site design, auto-dependent uses, multiple mid-block driveway accesses, inadequate landscaping, and limited pedestrian access and circulation. Much of the area was developed in an ad-hoc manner, creating a number of parcels that have become functionally obsolete and more difficult to assemble than under a unified development scheme. At the same time, the area is a high-traffic, high-visibility corridor that serves as a major artery for the community. The corridor benefits from substantial newer development constructed near the Black Bob Road intersection, and has many unique opportunities and assets including successful retail shops, healthy surrounding neighborhoods, and the Indian Creek streamway.
Regional and Local Transit Corridors
The transit network is focused on access to key destinations and is surrounded by densities sufficient to reach a critical mass for ridership. Regional Transit Corridors stretch along I-35 and K-10, connecting the Olathe City Center District and other Districts to other communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. These Regional Transit Corridors are the backbone for an expanded multimodal transportation system, which will maximize pedestrian, transit, and vehicular efficiency. Local transit corridors link Olathe’s various activity centers. A system of arterial streets, collector streets, and trails include pedestrian and bicycle facilities that branch off into the community’s Neighborhoods. Routes are simple and efficient, and residents can reach most destinations within the planning area through a combination of multimodal alternatives.
The Future Land Use Map locates the intensity and density of development to promote high levels of ridership. Additional residential density has been strategically placed near Transit Corridors and Centers. It is anticipated that transit stops will be provided within all of the Centers and Districts located on a transit line. Integrating transit with housing and employment has the potential to lower average commute distances, relieve congestion, encourage economic development activity, and improve air quality. Mixed use areas can create walkable environments which further reduce reliance on the automobile.