Archive for Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Developments move forward in Basehor

February 12, 2003

Two developments located across from each other on Kansas Highway 24/40 were the prime topics of discussion during the Basehor Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Prairie Lakes, a residential and commercial development on 150th Street, received approval for the re-platting of several lots.

Planning Commission members were also updated on the progress of a proposed industrial and commercial area located on the highway, which is being developed by Steve Miles, owner of Miles Excavating.

The re-plat for Prairie Lakes consisted of increasing the size for five residential lots.

"Everything else pretty much stays the same," Prairie Lakes developer Steve Cole said.

Cole, who Tuesday night served his first meeting as a Planning Commission member, recused himself from the vote.

He is also a candidate for Basehor City Council, but would resign from the Planning Commission should he win the election on April 1.

Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper recommended approving the Prairie Lakes re-plat, which conforms with the city's future development and comprehensive plans.

The re-plat received unanimous approval, 5-0.

But Planning Commission members weren't as enthusiastic about Miles's proposed industrial area.

Planning Commission member John Matthews, who's also on the county planning commission, updated members on the county's January planning commission meeting concerning the development.

"For some reason, he's trying to work between the county and the city," Matthews said.

Miles wanted his 95- to 97- acre tract rezoned from residential to business and industrial use, but was denied, 7-1.

Several nearby residents appeared at the county hearing in opposition of the industrial park, saying it adversely affects their property.

"And we will be seeing it here and when we do, we'll have the same crowd here," Matthews added.

The development could be annexed by the City Council later this month.

"There's going to be a lot of things for you guys to (consider) as well as the City Council," Hooper said.

"I've explained to (Miles) they're going to have a lot of work to do before they submit any plans," he added.

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