Archive for Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Residents voice opposition to development

October 2, 2002

Local residents voiced opposition to a proposed commercial and retail development during the Basehor Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1.

But it's not the commercial and retail areas inside the Pinehurst development a 94-acre tract south of Kansas Highway 24/40 residents were concerned with, it's proposed areas with multi-family housing, city officials said.

Those opposed to the Pinehurst development were primarily residents from the Cedar Lakes and Briarwood subdivisions, city officials said.

"They love the commercial part of it," Basehor City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said. "It's the apartments and four-plexes they're worried about. They don't want rental property built next to their homes."

Hooper said Pinehurst developers would not eliminate the multi-family housing.

Since the development is not within city limits, Planning Commission members could not take action on Pinehurst. However, plans to annex the development into Basehor continue.

Official annexation could occur during the Basehor City Council's October meeting, and Planning Commission members could approve design plans as soon as November, Hooper said.

Tuesday night's meeting was the second look Basehor officials have had at Pinehurst.

At a September work session, developers and city officials discussed the development and possible annexation plans.

"It's truly the first business or commercial development area to come into Basehor," said Joe McAfee, an engineer working with the development.

McAfee, who's also the city's engineer, said the development would bring a significant source of revenue to Basehor through commercial and retail businesses.

A five-year outlook plan McAfee provided indicated Pinehurst would bring in approximately $2.5 million in property taxes. A 20-year analysis estimated the development would bring in $12 million.

"Once again, we're trying to show how important this is to the city," McAfee said.

An area city officials and Pinehurst representatives continue to negotiate on is where excise taxes garnered from the development would be used.

The excise tax is a nine-cents per square foot fee applied to new businesses, developments or residences that remodel more than 50 percent of their property's assessed valuation.

Pinehurst representatives want excise tax funds to be used inside the proposed new development.

"The opinion is what better place to use it," McAfee said.

However, some city officials are opposed to using excise tax money specifically for Pinehurst.

"The spirit of the excise tax is not this," Basehor Mayor Joseph Scherer said.

"It's to repair streets in the city that are being damaged because of the new development," he added.

Hooper said city officials and Pinehurst representatives would continue negotiations concerning the excise tax funds as well as the development's annexation.

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