Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2000

City planners to discuss Basehor annexation policy

November 2, 2000

Annexation will be on the minds of the Basehor Planning and Zoning Commission when they meet next week.

Commission members will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 to discuss the best way to go about expanding the city.

The topic will not be a specific annexation request, but a plan for incorporating new areas into the city. The plan will be discussed during a public hearing concerning the adoption of an annexation plan.

Mayor John Pfannenstiel said the plan would be an amendment to the city's comprehensive plan.

"This does not propose to annex any land, it provides a procedure for the city to follow. Whether someone comes in requesting a voluntary annexation or the staff recommends something, this gives us a policy to measure the request against," Pfannenstiel said.

The plan has been available for public inspection for a few weeks, Pfannenstiel said, and the planning and zoning hearing is open for public comment.

Among the policy considerations in the plan are:

Land adjacent to the city should be considered for annexation when it would help maintain corporate city boundaries that are straight and harmonious.

Land adjacent to the existing city sewer interceptor lines should be considered for annexation as soon as possible.

Land adjacent to the city where sewer interceptor lines can logically and economically be extended, and which have the potential to be developed within the next 10 years should be considered for annexation prior to development.

Land not adjacent to the city, but developed in an urban fashion, should be considered for annexation upon the voluntary petition of the landowners. It should be determined that most city services can be extended at the time of annexation and public infrastructure can logically be extended to the development in the future.

Individual tracts should be proposed for annexation, first by voluntary petition, then by unilateral annexation, and finally by the approval of the board of county commissioners.

The plan also outlines surrounding areas in eight zones for potential annexation. While the overall plan is designed to be implemented over eight to 10 years, Pfannenstiel said the first phase could develop within the next one to three years.

The area included in the first phase includes areas adjacent to existing sewer interceptor lines. Most of the tracts will likely be used for single-family residential use. Most of the land under consideration for that use is located just northwest of the existing city limits.

Other items scheduled to be before the commission are:

A public hearing for the conditional use permit request for an in-home beauty shop at 15810 Leavenworth Road, submitted by Roger and Joanna McDowell.

A public hearing on a rezoning request submitted by John and Debra Brown.

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