Planning Commission approves Creek Ridge
The public got its first glimpse Tuesday night of a new development that will add single- and multi-family housing as well as some commercial business to Basehor.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Basehor Planning Commission approved the rezoning, preliminary development plan and first two phases of Creek Ridge, a 41-acre development at Parallel Road and 158th Street.
Joseph and Jeff Scherer, who also developed Iron Creek at 155th Street and Pin Oak Drive, are the Creek Ridge developers.
"Basically we're taking Iron Creek and bringing it up to Creek Ridge, so we're hoping our track record with Basehor will help us," Joseph Scherer said.
The first phase of the development entails 27 single-family residences and phase two includes 19 duplexes. A strip of commercial property will front 158th Street.
A swimming pool, clubhouse and park would be added at some point during the construction, Scherer said.
"There is no detriment to any of the citizens that I can see," Scherer said.
However, several residents disagreed with Scherer, who is also the city's mayor, and spoke against the proposed development during the public hearing.
Paul Her, speaking for his father Chong, said his family was against the construction of Creek Ridge.
"We moved here to get away from the city," Her said. "We enjoy being out here because we never have any problem with the residents.
"If something like this were approved (his father) would rather not be in the area. This may be something good but he doesn't want anything different than is there now."
Her wasn't the only opposing voice to speak against Creek Ridge.
Nearby property owner John Albertson said he was against the multi-family housing the development is proposing.
"I think with what we're considering now, we need to factor in not only what it looks like today, but what it will look like 25 years down the road," Albertson said.
Planning Commission members unanimously approved the re-zoning, preliminary development plan and single-family housing. The multi-family housing was approved 4-1 with Rick Hogue opposed.
The Basehor City Council will vote on giving Creek Ridge final approval during its next meeting Dec. 18.
Scherer answered the critics and said Creek Ridge would be an upscale development.
"I want it nice," he said. "I'm the mayor and I'm very proud of my community."