Excerpt from Shawnee Mission Post Article

Lenexa City Council wards 3 and 4 candidates on the issues: Planning for the future

In early June, we asked our readers about the issues you wanted to hear the candidates running for Lenexa City Council in wards 3 and 4 address in the lead up to the Aug. 3 primary.

Based on your feedback, we developed a five-item questionnaire touching on the most important issues to the citizens of Lenexa.

Each day this week, we have published the candidates’ responses to one of these five questions. Read the candidates’ responses to previously published questions about affordable housing, the east-west divideclimate change and property tax.

Below are the candidates’ responses to item five:

  • Lenexa has experienced considerable growth in recent decades — both in terms of business development and population. What do you see as the biggest challenges on the horizon for the city as it continues to grow? What should city government be doing now to prepare for those challenges?

Craig K. Denny

As we rebound from the effects of the pandemic, initiatives that were put on hold will be restarted and in-person events and festivals will begin again. An immediate challenge with increasing growth, is recruiting, hiring and retaining critical city employee positions.

Lenexa should continue to encourage development consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and invest wisely in key commercial areas.

Lenexa should engage with the countywide UCS Housing Task Force to consider affordable housing options. Transportation needs should be considered as a part of those discussions. Lenexa can better address these and other issues of common interest by collaborating on a countywide, if not metro-wide basis with other communities and stakeholders.

To address forthcoming challenges and opportunities, Lenexa’s Mayor and City Council recently
established guiding principles, which I fully support.

The Mayor and City Council commit to responsible governance and pledge that local decisions will be made in a transparent, thoughtful, and inclusive manner. We strive to do the right things for the right reasons guided by core principles.

With respect to Responsible Economic Development, Lenexa’s guiding principle states:

Fortify the city’s economic base by encouraging high-quality private development as well as fostering economic opportunity through thoughtful planning processes and the appropriate use of economic development investment programs.

I support continued responsible growth and development across Lenexa.

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