Archive for Thursday, July 3, 2003

Pinehurst rolls forward

July 3, 2003

Land once home to a Christmas tree farm and now overgrown with brush will soon house a major residential, commercial and retail development in Basehor.

On Tuesday, July 1, the Basehor Planning Commission approved final plats for the Pinehurst North and South developments. Overall, Pinehurst includes approximately 100 acres and is located across State Avenue from the Basehor Town Square.

The development will provide a substantial boost to the city's tax base, population and economic development when completed, city officials said.

Breuer Properties, LLC, is the Pinehurst developer.

Pinehurst North is a 47.3-acre site fronting State Avenue. The proposed plat presented to the Planning Commission Tuesday night indicates the section would be used primarily for commercial uses.

"This plat is in conformance with the comprehensive plan and future development plan," Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper told the Planning Commission.

Planning Commission members unanimously approved the plat, 4-0.

But things wouldn't go so smoothly in approving the south plat as Planning Commission members and developers debated density guidelines for the development.

Pinehurst south is a 52.1-acre tract planned to house single-family homes, four-plexes and a 248-unit apartment complex.

When reviewing the preliminary plat for the development months ago, the Planning Commission voted, 4-2, to approve with members Jason Logsdon and George Smith as the opposing votes.

On Tuesday night, only four Planning Commission members attended the meeting with both Logsdon and Smith remaining opposed to Pinehurst South, citing too high a density in the apartment complex.

A motion to approve the plat, made by Planning Commission member Steve Cole, failed to gain a second.

While the plat had enough weight to merit approval before, not enough pro-Pinehurst Planning Commission members were at the meeting Tuesday night. At least, that's the way it appeared at first as the Planning Commission briefly discussed tabling the issue until more members were present.

Chairman Ron Owen stood by Logsdon and Smith's decision to oppose.

"If they had a right to say no the first time, don't they have a right to say no the second time?" Owen said.

Cole said a continuance or denial would prove costly to the developer. Especially since Pinehurst had already gained preliminary approval and the developers had made changes required of them, he added.

"I really don't see the reason why we want to delay these people," Cole said. "I don't see why we want to table it."

Smith made a motion to table the plat until the August meeting. The motion, like the first to approve, also failed to receive a second.

"We have to do something," Cole said to the other members.

Joe McAfee, who serves as the city's engineer as well as Pinehurst's, defended the development's plat.

"We've created a plat to meet state standards, to city standards," McAfee said.

After discussing the density guidelines and clearing up a misunderstanding on the development's quarter section line, Cole made a motion to approve the development.

Logsdon seconded the motion and the plat was approved by a 3-1 vote, with Smith opposing.

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