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The City of Arkansas City strives to provide a high quality of life for its citizens by furnishing a variety of efficient services in a professional, courteous manner.

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Technical Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Technical Advisory Committee (also referred to as the Utility Advisory Committee) is to manage and achieve growth in a more service oriented manner.  The committee incorporates the variety of disciplines necessary for quality development, including departments and divisions such as Public Works, Neighborhood Services, Public Services, Environmental Services, Fire and Police Departments as well as the City Manager. Effective real estate development requires a great degree of planning and effective communication among all parties.  Exceptional development is achieved from a committed partnership between the development community and staff.  Teamwork is most effective when communication is consistent and professional, and requests from all sides are reasonable and based on factual information.

What is the role of city staff?
We are here to serve the public.  The goal and responsibility of city staff is to administer and coordinate the development standards of the City.  This begins with providing direction based on applicable policies, guidelines, codes and other professional standards.  

What is the role of the development community?
It is the developer's responsibility to understand the development process, including the timelines of design professionals and city staff.  The developer needs to understand the time involved to prepare and review a set of quality plans, and set realistic schedules.  

Why should I schedule a Technical Advisory Committee meeting?
The goal of the Committee is to ensure coordination of development through effective use of your time and staff time.  A meeting provides you an opportunity to obtain feedback, guidance, and clarification on regulations prior to submitting your building permit application.  Topics discussed at a meeting might include:

  • Zoning and Platting: Can you build what you want where you want?  Is the land zoned for your proposed use?  Will you need special approvals?
  • Utilities:  Is city water and sewer available?  Is natural gas, electric and communications available that meet your needs?  
  • Traffic & Emergency Access: Can the emergency vehicles get to your building?  Can customers and employees safely enter and exit the property?  Does your project increase traffic on nearby streets and intersections?  
  • Drainage: Are you in a floodplain? How will water drain from your building and the property?  Will a drainage study be required?
  • Building Plans: What is the proposed occupancy classification and construction type?  What are the required separations and setbacks?  Will you be required to submit a code footprint?  How will accessibility be addressed?  
  • Other considerations: Does your project provide adequate parking?  Will landscaping be required for your project?  What special requirements apply to your project?  What financing alternatives might be available for your project, if needed?  
Keep in mind that the Technical Advisory Committee is not a substitute for your team of design professionals (architect, engineer or surveyor).  These design professionals are welcome and encouraged to join you at the meeting and can be your representative at the meeting if desired.  To schedule a meeting contact Josh White at 620-441-4420 or by email at jwhite@arkansascityks.gov