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Overland Park Council Ward 6

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    Chris Newlin

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Personal Biography I came to Kansas in 1995 when I enrolled in Baker University to play baseball. After graduation, I spent some time back in UT, but move back to JoCo in 2006. We settled in OP in 2013 for its quality of life and education system. I am married to Adrienne and we have 2 boys, Jack and Max, who attend BVSW. Serving our community is a passion of mine and I hope you will let me serve another term and build on our success.
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Education Judge Memorial Catholic High School - 1995 - SLC, UT Bachelor of Science - Baker University -1999
Community/Public Service Currently OP City Council Member -Ward 6 HOA President- Coffee Creek Crossing Alumni Board President - Sigma Phi Epsilon- Baker University Youth Soccer and Baseball coach in Blue Valley
Investment in the thoroughfare infrastructure in Ward 6 is going to be a continued need as housing expands. We still have major thoroughfares that are older rolling roads that have no shoulders or are simply unsafe. Expanding them to meet the city standard allows every type of transportation to enjoy the road safely.

Smarter public safety and our approach to some aspects of policing have been at the forefront of my first term. I have engaged with Chief Donchez from the beginning to learn about policing and talk about how we can do it better. These conversations led to policy changes in no longer shooting into moving vehicles, 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training for all officers, and Behavioral Health unit to address our 7 mental health calls received each day.

Proper economic development will help bring jobs, healthcare, and entertainment close to the residents of Ward 6.
In my first term, I have held a position on each committee including Vice-Chair of Public Safety and Vice-Chair of Finance, Administration, and Economic Development. I also served as the Chairman of the Mental Health Task Force and during 2020 I served on 3 committees (CD, FAED, and Public Safety) while my ward mate dealt with personal issues.

I also have shown that I have given back to our community since moving back to Kansas in 2006. I was on the Alumni Board of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Baker University for 8 years serving roles in communications, finance, and leading as President.

I spent 4 years on the Coffee Creek Crossing HOA with 3 of those as the President.

Coached youth soccer and baseball until 2021 when my youngest son became a freshman at BVSW. He now plays on the school’s soccer team along with 12 others I coached.
I was part of the early effort to address the NDO deficiency we had in our policy. With others on the council, I was able to cast a vote for the new ordinance.

I am also currently helping reshape the way we fill and ask those who volunteer for our boards to encourage a more diverse approach so we can get ideas from all our residents across the county.
We need to look at some zone changes to allow different types of houses on bigger single-family home lots. Look at zoning pocket neighborhoods where housing is a little denser so supply can keep entry costs down.

In Ward 6 we have started some single-family homes with a new development off 175th and Pflumm. This development will have homes available for rent at a lower cost and help those that cannot afford ownership at this time take the steps to get to that point after a few years.
Overland Park and the State of Kansas need to have a great working relationship. Kansas understands that one of its biggest economic drivers is OP. By working with each other and understanding how our mutual interest can benefit success for both is the proper way to work together.
Tax incentives should be used sparingly and only when there is going to be a quick return that will benefit the broader tax base. Under 10% of development projects in Overland Park get approved for incentives. Whereas other cities use it on 30 to 40% of their projects. We also utilize a PayGo method meaning incentives only can be given when you produce the result we state in the agreement. Money is not given upfront out of our general fund which protects taxes our residents pay. I support tax incentives when I can see a couple of things accomplished: Removing or getting out in front of blighted areas to better them for the overall community. When we can increase the value with a quick ROI once the project is complete for something we need such as Class A office space to attract new business. An example of this is the 3rd building on the Creative Planning campus. We saw in one year the assessed valuation on that property go from $330K to $3.5 million in a great increase in tax revenue.