Salon owner waits for city approval of home shop
Basehor resident Pat Wilson is being patient with efforts to bring a salon and beauty shop to her home.
She's being patient because she has little choice right now, other than to keep attending the same monthly city meetings, hoping a governing body will grant her permission to place a shop in a detached garage at her home.
"It's something I have to do right now," she said. "It could go back and forth for quite some time."
It remains to be seen whether her patience will pay off and city officials will allow the rezoning.
Thus far, a line of setbacks, the latest coming May 7 at the Basehor Planning Commission meeting, has prevented Wilson from having the shop at her home.
In April, the Basehor City Council asked the Planning Commission to consider making zoning changes that would allow shops in residential districts.
The Planning Commission denied the request for the zoning change because it did not fit the city's comprehensive plan.
"They say I don't fit into their plans and I'd like to know why I don't fit into their plans," Wilson said.
"I'm not going to be bothering anybody back there in my corner," she said.
The issue is expected to be discussed at next week's City Council meeting, city officials said.
"There's going to be some discussion that's for sure because some of them would like to see that go in there," Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker said.
"I'd like to see it be allowed, personally," Hooker said.
Wilson needs the rezoning because she wants to have more than one station at her home salon, with an additional part-time employee.
Basehor City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said Wilson could have a business inside her home, with one station only and no employees, under the umbrella of a special-use permit.
Council members could choose to draft changes to the zoning regulations and send them back to the Planning Commission for a public hearing, Hooper said.
Until then, Wilson will keep cutting hair at The Klip Joint on Parallel Road waiting to hear if and when she can return a business to Basehor.
Wilson had owned and operated Pat's Shampoo and Beauty Hut at the Basehor shopping center, 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40 for 18 years.
However, a fire Dec. 15 destroyed the shopping center, including Wilson's business, which had liability insurance only.
Wilson said having the business at home would provide several benefits to her and her family.
Besides being convenient, it would also allow Wilson to work from home near the three grandchildren she raises by herself.
She said she doesn't plan to quit trying to bring the salon and beauty shop to her home.
"I'm still wanting to go to the City Council," she said.