The original Lone Elm Vicinity Plan (1997) was prepared when the area was still a part of unincorporated Johnson County. The Plan was subsequently updated and approved by the Planning Commission in 2007.
The purpose of the Plan is to outline the range of infrastructure improvements and expansions of service necessary to meet the community’s long term needs as it transitions from rural to suburban and urban uses. It evaluates social, economic and physical conditions to project the likeliest growth patterns for a phased approach to infrastructure and expansion implementation.
- Encourage moderate intensity uses to provide transportation access as well as a buffer between employment areas and residences;
- Designate employment and business park uses in the area surrounding the I-35/ 159th Street Interchange, the area along the BNSF Railroad, and corridors between major highways (K-7 to I-35, and K-7 to U.S. Highway 169);
- Designate Commercial Center uses where two major highways, K-7 and U.S. Highway 169 intersect a major arterial at 175th Street;
- Designate Mixed use residential areas along 175th Street which is planned as a major arterial with considerable commercial development, and between the proposed realignment of K-7 and US Highway 169, south of 175th Street;
- Designate low-density residential areas in the southwestern portion of the plan where areas of moderate slope are less ideal for employment and business park developments than the flatter areas north of 175th Street;\
- Add 2 fire stations; one just to the north of the Lone Elm Vicinity along either 159th Street or Old 56 Highway, and one south of 175th Street;
- Create two potential interchange locations along 167th Street, at I-35 and K-7;
- Provide grade separations between rail lines and streets for east-west arterials (167th, 175th, and 183rd Streets) where local street access will not be prohibitively impacted;
- Provide neighborhood residential areas with public open space such as a park, square, plaza, green, or sites for civic buildings;
- Create a comprehensive greenway and trail system that links parks, open space, community facilities, residential areas and employment centers;
- Designate parks and open space primarily along streams, floodplains, and other land where development is inappropriate;
- Utilize open space as a tool to buffer residential uses from potential negative impacts of non-residential uses and the railroad.