The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission would like to have a countywide strategic plan for growth.

The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission would like to have a countywide strategic plan for growth.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith mentioned the idea Wednesday while attending a meeting of the Leavenworth County Port Authority Board of Directors.

Smith does not serve on the Port Authority board. But he and other local government officials frequently attend Port Authority meetings.

Smith noted the County Commission has started a process for a land use study for a County Road 1 corridor south of Tonganoxie.

He said the study will provide guidance for developing the area of the corridor. County Road 1 is 222nd St. The study may be completed next year.

The land use study will look at an area along County Road 1 that extends south of the city limits of Tonganoxie for six miles to Kansas 32 Highway.

Tonganoxie City Manager George Brajkovic also attended Wednesday’s Port Authority meeting. He said Tonganoxie’s future growth area is represented in a section of the corridor.

The site for a Tyson Foods poultry complex that had been proposed for Leavenworth County also is located in the area of the corridor. An official with Tyson Foods announced last week that the company’s plans for the Leavenworth County plant were on hold.

Smith said he would like to see a strategic plan for the entire county that focuses on how local officials want to see the county grow.

“Right now, we don’t have anything,” he said.

Leavenworth Mayor Nancy Bauder, who also was in attendance, said she believes a county development plan is a great idea.

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