Developments focus of council work session
Six developers submit preliminary plans
Existing and future developments were the main topics of discussion during a Basehor City Council work session Monday night.
The work session was an informational meeting scheduled to bring Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker up to date on developments within the city.
Currently, there are six developments that have submitted preliminary plans to City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper. All of those developments have also submitted final plats to the city for approval, Hooper said. Iron Creek subdivision, a development north of Leavenworth Road along 155th Street has also submitted plans for the second phase of the subdivision.
All totaled, the six developments currently being reviewed by the city account for over 1,000 new homes to the city of Basehor. All those developments will tap into the city's new wastewater treatment plant which is scheduled to be online in May.
Hooper said the city will be ready for the influx of the new homes. The hardest part of getting ready for them will be providing sewer lines, Hooper said.
Also discussed by the City Council was the progress of a sewer interceptor line that would run from the wastewater treatment plant to Kansas Highway 24-40. The line would then run underneath the highway and will enable any developments south of 24-40 to tap into the plant. The line from any future developments in that area would connect with the sewer interceptor line and would be paid for by the residents in that area.
Hooper said the sewer interceptor line is necessary for the city in hopes of drawing future commercial development in the south end.
"There is not going to be any development in the south end without that sewer in place," Hooper said. "There isn't going to be any commercial without it. With that down there, it opens up the south end of the city which is going to be our main corridor for commercial development."
Hooper said the city is currently trying to set up a benefit district for the interceptor line. The City Council was hoping to have Basehor resident Robert Miller become part of the benefit district because the line would run through part of his property. Miller does not want to be included in the benefit district, so the city will purchase an easement from Miller to run the line, Hooper said.
"We are probably going to have to buy right-of-way from him so we can run the sewer line across his property," Hooper said.
The City Council also entertained preliminary discussions regarding a possible frontage road to run between 155th and 158th streets north of the shopping center. The city engineer has made cost estimates for the road, but no final plans have been made.