Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Basehor revisions overdue

April 23, 2003

For the past four years, the city of Basehor has broken state law.

Under Kansas law, each year cities must review and update their comprehensive plans.

A comprehensive plan is a 20-year outlook for a city. It's a cumulative document which includes provisions on zoning, business and residential land use and annexation -- "basically, how we want the city to look in the future," says codes administrator Mike Hooper.

The comprehensive plan was developed in 1993. Admittedly, Basehor hasn't been as diligent in the review process as mandated by the state.

The last review of the plan occurred in 1996.

"State law requires we review it for every year," Hooper said. "We haven't really done it for the past three or four years."

However, that has changed; the Basehor Planning Commission has met recently for monthly work sessions to review the 80-page document.

Those alterations include proposed changes to the future development map, the city's planning area and adding recent census information.

The Planning Commission will continue reviewing the plan in coming months. Then the proposed changes will be heard before a public meeting, and later sent to the Basehor City Council for final approval.

Hooper said someday the city could hire a private consultant to review the plan.

"We could choose to hire a consultant for a major update," Hooper said.

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