Gardner Man Awarded for Urban Planning | News
John Phillip (J.P.) Lefmann has been named the 2011 recipient of the Sod Buster Award by the Kansas Chapter of the American Planning Association for his 50 years of public service as a zoning board member in Johnson County.
The award is presented to a Kansas individual, appointed official, or an elected official who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning and who has demonstrated outstanding leadership. He received the honor on October 13 during the chapter’s annual conference at Topeka.
A resident of Gardner, Lefmann was recently re-appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners to his 50th consecutive term on the Southwest Consolidated Zoning Board that includes McCamish and Gardner Townships in southwest Johnson County.
His involvement in township planning began in 1962 when he was named to the McCamish Township Zoning Board, which was one of nine township planning boards in the 1960s.
Lefmann is a fourth generation farmer in Johnson County. His family has farmed in Johnson County since 1867.