Archive for Wednesday, May 8, 2002

Planning Commission approves three housing developments

May 8, 2002

The Basehor Planning Commission approved final plats Tuesday, May 7, for three separate developments, which, when completed, will account for more than 120 new homes in the city.

All three developments, Falcon Lakes, Prairie Gardens and Prairie Lakes are currently in different phases of construction.

Three plats for the Falcon Lakes development received unanimous approval by the planning commission.

Falcon Lakes is a 590-home development on Kansas Highway 7.

The development will feature an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse when finished. It will also have a 58-acre lake.

Construction on the golf course is under way.

The first of the three approved plats for Falcon Lakes was for phase two of the development, which accounts for 28 acres and 57 single-family lots.

City officials recommended approval for phase two.

"It doesn't vary at all from the previous development plan that was submitted," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

Hooper said Falcon Lakes developers have discussed making street improvements to Hollingsworth Road and Donahoo Road, where residential traffic will be increased.

Also approved as part of Falcon Lakes were two plats for sections of ground where villa-style homes will be located.

The first of the two sits on 10 acres and contains 35 lots. The villas will be 8,400 square feet, which is a variance from the normal Basehor city codes.

The second of the villa plats contains four lots and sits on one-and-half acres.

The four lots will range in size from 11,600 square feet to 15,000 square feet, city officials said.

A Falcon Lakes homeowners association will handle all exterior maintenance to the villas, Hooper said.

The second phase of Prairie Gardens , which accounts for approximately 40 acres and 66 single family lots, was also approved Tuesday night.

Two additional lots, consisting of 12.5 acres, which will be used for a clubhouse and swimming pool, was also approved.

Prairie Gardens is a 620-home development on 158th Street. The development will feature single- and multi-family homes as well as commercial and retail property.

As part of phase two, developers will build a new street, 159th, which will serve as the primary access road for the second phase.

Also slated for construction at the development are lots for a new Basehor Historical Society and Basehor Community Library.

Prairie Gardens developers unveiled plans for an area of commercial and retail use during the Planning Commission meeting.

City officials said there have been no plans submitted for the area, although it will be presented to the Basehor City Council at its meeting later this month.

Pete Opperman, Prairie Gardens land planner, said there would be lots within the area designated for a grocery store, drug store and restaurants.

Planning Commission chairman Ron Owen said he was pleased to see a commercial/retail area being planned for the city.

"I'm glad to see something like this," Owen said. "Maybe this shows that development is coming to Basehor."

The Planning Commission also approved phase two of Prairie Lakes, a 10-acre tract consisting of 24 single-family lots.

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