Local Government

Shawnee may face development challenges following Vantage apartments decision, developer says
February 10, 2016
The Shawnee City Council’s decision to deny a $35 million apartment complex on Pflumm Road could have lasting impact on Shawnee’s chances to attract multi-family developments in the future, a local developer says.
The future of Nieman Road: Businesses, residents weigh in on possible major changes
February 7, 2016
Property owners on Nieman Road and neighboring residents have strong opinions about the future of the main downtown Shawnee cross street and the city’s plan to turn it into a three-lane road.
Shawnee considering future of its excise tax abatement program
February 5, 2016
Shawnee is considering eliminating a portion of the excise tax abatement program that enables developers to seek additional city funds for development of street improvements.
Shawnee City Council continues to favor taller fences around swimming pools
February 4, 2016
After about a month of debate, the city of Shawnee looks like it will be changing its building code regulations for homeowners hoping to build swimming pools on their property.
State of the City address on Feb. 10
February 3, 2016
Mayor Michelle Distler will present her 2016 State of the City address at the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Feb. 10. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with the mayor’s address scheduled to begin at noon.
Former Shawnee City Council member named 2015 Citizen of the Year
February 2, 2016
Neal Sawyer had no idea what was in store for him at Saturday’s Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
Lenexa-based insurance company hoping to move headquarters, 60 jobs to Shawnee
February 2, 2016
A Lenexa-based company is looking to move its headquarters and build a large facility in western Shawnee that will bring 60 new jobs to the city.
Visit Shawnee replaces Convention and Tourism Bureau in rebranding strategy
February 1, 2016
The city of Shawnee and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce are rebranding the city’s Convention and Tourism Bureau as Visit Shawnee and appointed some new faces to it advisory committee.
It stinks’ — as Shawnee residents complain about landfill odor, Deffenbaugh works to control the stench
City has logged hundreds of complaints since October
January 31, 2016
Between April and August of last year, the majority of Shawnee saw about 34 inches of rain. That moisture put a lot of stress on storm drainage systems, delayed construction projects such as Erfurt Park, and created a mess at the Deffenbaugh landfill at Interstate 435 and Holiday Drive. Chris Foster, who lives west of the landfill on 47th Street in Shawnee, said he started noticing an unusual level of odor from the landfill over those wet summer months, and the problem has persisted into 2016. “It stinks,” Foster said.
No victory for Vantage: Apartment project proposal fails in final attempt before Shawnee council
January 25, 2016
The Vantage at Shawnee saga at City Hall ended Monday night as the City Council failed to pass the proposal for the $35 million apartment project.
Shawnee tax revenues spike with new pavement sales tax
January 25, 2016
During the second half of 2015, sales tax revenues in Shawnee were up about 30 percent over the previous year, and a majority of the money collected will be going directly to street maintenance in the city.
Shawnee City Council to hear apartment proposal again Monday
January 22, 2016
The Shawnee City Council will consider the Vantage at Shawnee apartment complex proposal for the second time at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Shawnee City Hall.
Shawnee, BNSF enter agreement to close train crossing and silence horns
January 14, 2016
The city completed one of the final steps in silencing a train crossing that has caused headaches for many western Shawnee residents.
Shawnee working to make city budget more user-friendly
January 12, 2016
The city is working to make its budget more understandable for Shawnee residents and next year’s financial presentations will look a bit different from years past.
City approves payment plan for Clear Creek Parkway in western Shawnee residential development
January 12, 2016
The City Council approved financial details on an improvement district for a 300-unit single-family residential development in western Shawnee and the construction of an extended Clear Creek Parkway to Kansas Highway 7.