|Additional public input sought for Oakridge Farm master plan during May 1 forum|
A special planning forum will be held on Tuesday, May 1, as part of the master planning process for the Oakridge Farm property adjacent to Shawnee Mission Park. The purpose of the public input session is to explore alternative uses for the area currently being used by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District to board privately-owned horses.
The forum is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at the District’s Administration Building, 7900 Renner Road, in Shawnee. The meeting will be conducted by representatives of Patti Banks Associates, the District’s planning consultants for the project.
The Johnson County Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners directed District staff and the consultants to extend the planning process after reviewing a draft proposal of the master plan at a Committee of the Whole meeting on March 28. The initial draft of the plan did not include an alternative to the horse boarding operation as the commissioners had originally intended. The initial draft of the plan may be viewed on the District’s website at http://jcprd.com/pages/oakridge.cfm.
Oakridge Farm consists of 363-acres located along and below the ridge just north of Shawnee Mission Park at 7440 Ogg Road in Shawnee. The property is also adjacent to the Mill Creek Streamway Park and includes a beautifully crafted, three-story house built in 1940 by Warren and Charlotte Mack. A large portion of the property consists of open meadows and densely-forested steep slopes.
For more information on the planning forum or the Oakridge Farm master plan, contact Project Manager Craig Rhodes at Patti Banks Associates, (816) 756-5690, or Park Planner Megan Merryman at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, (913) 894-3345.