Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Falcon Lakes roadway awaits KDOT approval

January 9, 2002

A roadway leading into the Falcon Lakes subdivision on Kansas Highway 7 has been completed and awaits approval by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Although there are separate entrance roads on the western portion of the development, KDOT's primary concern is the K-7 entrance.

Basehor city officials, Falcon Lakes developers and KDOT officials met recently to discuss the entrance and exit plans for the development.

"The discussion was mainly about changes and other things that needed to be considered," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator. "It was all pretty preliminary."

Falcon Lakes is a 450-to-500 home housing development along K-7, just north of Basehor.

In April, the Basehor City Council annexed the development into the city.

Hooper said the entrance/exit to the development on K-7 would not have traffic lights.

"There would never be a light at that intersection," Hooper said. "I think KDOT is looking at the mile roads like Donohoo and Hollingsworth as a lighted intersection when the need arises."

No timetable has been set for when KDOT will take action on the intersection plans.

Construction on homes inside the development has yet to begin. "They are ready to start building houses as soon as the intersection and the water is ready to go," Hooper said.

While the intersection plans are being reviewed by KDOT, city officials have been busy trying to provide the develop ment with a water supply.

In December, the City Council approved the creation of a new city water department, which would serve residents inside and outside the city.

"We're working on completing the rules and regulations and the operating bylaws," Hooper said.

Hooper said the Board of Public Utilities would probably be the provider for the city water department, but no agreement has been made yet.

The developer could probably begin building houses without water if an agreement was made with the local fire departments, city officials said.

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