Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2001

Raising more rooftops

Planning Commission approves preliminary plats for new subdivisions

June 7, 2001

More rooftops could be jutting above the city's skyline in the near future, with the recent approval of preliminary plats for two separate subdivisions by the Basehor Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission passed preliminary plats for the Prairie Lake Estates, a 52-acre development located on 150th Street, and Regency Woods, a 104-acre subdivision located between 155th Street and 158th Street.

The two developments combined will bring close to 200 new homes to Basehor.

City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper recommended both of the developments for approval to he Planning Commission.

Prairie Lake Estates will be comprised mostly of large lot, single-family residences. In addition, there also will be a nine-acre lake on the property that will serve as a collection point for storm water run-off. There will be some commercial property available.

According to developer Steve Cole, the development will be an upscale subdivision with homes beginning at $250,000.

"This is going to be a nice development," Cole said. "My own property is a half-block away from the development and I know I wouldn't want to see anything that doesn't look good."

During the meeting, several Basehor residents living in the area of the proposed developments voiced their concerns on such issues as traffic flow, improvement of streets and sewer systems.

According to city officials, the next step for the development is for the engineer to submit revised drawings before submitting a final plat.

The second of the two developments passed was the Regency Hills subdivision, which was formerly called Victory Hills.

The preliminary plat of Regency Hills encompasses approximately 68 acres. The development will feature single-family and two-family dwellings. Further additions to the development are anticipated to include multi-family housing and areas zoned for commercial purposes.

According to Regency Hills engineer John Chamberlain, the houses will vary between ranch style and two story, and will be sold for upward of $250,000.

Regency Hills officials will be required to submit revised drawings to the Planning Commission, complying with recommendations by Hooper.

Several of the proposed developments to come before the Planning Commission has been granted variances from the normal city building regulations. Hooper said the variances have been granted because many regulations are outdated.

By allowing the variances to occur, the Planning Commission has apparently drawn the ire of Planning Commission member John Matthews.

"By allowing the variances, we are letting the tail wag the dog," Matthews said.

In other Planning Commission action, Hooper informed the commissioners that bids have been sent out to engineers for the design of the 24-40 sewer interceptor.

The sewer interceptor will run from the new wastewater treatment facility to Kansas Highway 24-40. The line will run underneath the highway and tie into a line coming from developments south of 24-40. The sewer interceptor line will allow those developments to tie into the wastewater treatment plant.

Normally the project would fall to the city engineer, but city officials have chosen not to use the engineer for the project.

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