Olathe Strategic Plan (2004)


The Olathe Strategic Plan was approved by the City Council in 2004.


The 2003 Strategic Planning Steering Committee compiled this ongoing report to provide a series of planning goals and objectives for the City’s continued growth and maintenance over the next twenty years. The plan outlines specific goals and action items that target issues involving transportation and infrastructure needs, service expansion, economic development, downtown revitalization, and public safety.

Key Conclusions

  • Ensure all basic service responsibilities such as water, wastewater, solid waste, storm water management, snow removal and environmental health are supported by a professional, customer focused and efficient cadre of public servants;
  • Provide consistent infrastructure to support those services and ensure it is consistent with and reflective of development and redevelopment demands by citizens;
  • Ensure costs of those services are borne by users and competitive with other regional service providers;
  • Provide services that are fully integrated with, supported by, and coordinated with other City services and other governmental service providers;
  • Balance economic development with prudent financial management practices; it is a City that maintains the lowest possible tax rate while maintaining a commitment to high quality service;
  • Develop Downtown Olathe into a government and business center that is integrated with the neighborhoods;
  • Provide a well-maintained and mature parks and recreation program that promote wellness for residents to enjoy;
  • Communicate City finances in a convenient, clear and accountable manner to the citizens of Olathe;
  • Maintain a cost-benefit advantage with other regional governments while providing excellent services;
  • Maintain adequate service levels for water, wastewater, solid waste, recycling and storm water;
  • Establish policies which address the needs for long-term growth and its impact on existing services;
  • Improve east/west traffic flow such as the 127th Street overpass, 159th Street connection and the College Boulevard corridor;
  • Consider opportunities that move traffic north/south in west Olathe;
  • Actively pursue all modes of mass transit systems as appropriate;
  • Develop and implement sustainable growth strategies and incentives that balance commercial and residential development; and
  • Capitalize on proximity to transportation hubs such as the interstate, railroads and local airports.