Economic Analysis and Land Demand Forecasts

Economic and Planning Systems as a sub consultant to AECOM (formerly EDAW) evaluated economic and market trends in Olathe and Johnson County as they relate to land use and economic issues in PlanOlathe. This report summarizes EPS’ findings on Olathe’s ability to capture a share of the region’s economic and population growth. The report includes the following:

  • Baseline economic and demographic trend data which form the basis of future land demand forecasts
  • A housing and residential land demand projection for a 2008 to 2030 planning period
  • Employment land demand forecasts for Olathe based on an employment forecast and Olathe’s expected market share of office and industrial/flex development in Johnson County
  • An estimate of future retail demand in Olathe based on the residential development projection
  • A comparison of the land demand forecast results to the future land use map of the Comprehensive Plan, and recommendations for land use changes that can be considered by the City
  • A review of quality of life impacts and broad economic considerations of adopting policies identified in PlanOlathe