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Olathe earns recognition for Communities for All Ages plan
The City of Olathe Planning Division earned a bronze recognition from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for their extensive work on the Communities for All Ages plan. MARC developed the Communities for All Ages recognition program to promote communities of vibrance, health, and prosperity in all cities throughout the metro.
Olathe’s senior population grows by about 2,000 senior citizens each year, presenting many challenges for the City. In preparation for the increased number of senior citizens, Olathe is proactively working to ensure the community is designed for all ages. The Communities for All Ages plan evaluates the City’s current resources and identifies opportunities to promote a healthy, safe, and accessible environment for older adults. Goals of the program include:
- Engaging aging populations in the planning process
- Encouraging collaborative spaces for all generations to interact
- Strengthening connections between homes, transportation, health care, recreation, and services
To earn the bronze recognition, the City adopted a resolution to become a Community for All Ages. The City will partner with MARC over the coming years to learn best practices, and educate residents, City officials, the development community, and other key participants in Olathe about becoming a Community for All Ages. This partnership will lead Olathe to a stronger vision for the future and better ways to support all Olathe’s residents.Visit MARC.org for more information on the Communities for All Ages recognition program. Visit OlatheKS.org for more information about Olathe’s Communities for All Ages plan.