Archive for Wednesday, May 22, 2002

City Council denies shop owner’s request for zoning

May 22, 2002

After going back and forth between the Basehor Planning Commission and City Council the last several months, it now appears the issue of changing zoning regulations for home beauty shops has come to a close.

"It's a dead issue," said Mike Hooper, Basehor city codes administrator.

The two bodies had considered a change in the regulations because Basehor resident Pat Wilson, who lost her beauty shop and salon in a fire Dec. 15, had requested a zoning change allowing her to work from home.

Wilson wanted to house a shop in a detached building on her property.

The shop would have more than one station and employees, so a zoning change from residential to commercial would have been required, city officials said.

But the Planning Commission denied a change to the zoning regulation earlier this month.

It was denied again Monday, May 20, at the Basehor City Council meeting.

The City Council could have written an ordinance changing the zoning regulation, but a motion to do so failed at Monday's night's meeting.

"Nobody's opinions on this are personal," Basehor Mayor Bill Hooker said. "Everybody is trying to do what's right."

City officials said allowing the zoning change for Wilson would have opened the door for all city residents to rezone their properties.

"If we make the zoning change, it's going to be that way for everyone in the city," Hooper said.

The City Council requested the Planning Commission to look at changing the zoning regulations, although the intention of that request remains unclear.

City Council member Joe Odle, who is in favor of allowing the zoning change, said council members told the Planning Commission to change the regulations.

"We didn't tell you guys to consider it," Odle said. "We told you guys to do it.

"I expect you to do what the council tells you to do," he added.

Planning Commission chairman Ron Owen said commission members understood the zoning change as a request and not an order.

"Our interpretation or understanding was the City Council sent it back to us to look at," Owen said.

Owen stood by the Planning Commission's decision.

"I felt like we did our job for what is best for the city of Basehor," he said.

It appears the Planning Commission will be restructured in the coming weeks.

In a letter to Hooker, Owen asked that one Planning Commission member not be re-appointed and another be replaced.

Owen asked city officials to search for a replacement for Dave Richardson because he had missed several meetings.

Owen also asked Planning Commission member Ray Harvey be replaced because "Ray Harvey has become ineffective as a member," according to Owen's letter.

Harvey was not notified of the request, and Hooker said there would be no action taken for now.

"What happens from here, I'm not sure," he said.

In other action, the City Council:

approved the final ordinance for the city's transportation excise tax. The excise tax is a nine-cents per square foot fee applied to new development or those that remodel more than 51 percent of their property's assessed valuation.

The excise tax received approval of Basehor voters during an election in April.

approved contractor payments for Falcon Lakes housing development.

approved a resolution pledging support for the Basehor PRIDE organization.

approved a maintenance agreement with Southwestern Bell.

approved hiring Miles Excavating to perform work at lagoon sites.

approved the purchase of two 10 foot picnic tables for Basehor City Park.

approved 300 feet of asphalt overlay on 147th Street.

approved an $800 donation for the July 4th fireworks display.

approved a $100 donation to the Basehor Community Library summer reading program.

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