Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2003

Council votes 3-2 to approve Pinehurst development

July 31, 2003

The Pinehurst development, a proposed residential, commercial and retail venture, narrowly received approval from the Basehor City Council during its meeting Monday, July 28.

On Monday night, the City Council voted 3-2 to approve the final plats and subdivision agreements for Pinehurst North and South. Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer broke a 2-2 tie, casting the deciding vote in the developments' favor.

Pinehurst entails approximately 100 acres and is located south of State Avenue, across from the Basehor Town Square. The development will provide a substantial boost to the city's tax base, population and economic development when completed, development backers said.

Pinehurst North is a 47.3 acre site fronting State Avenue and will be used primarily for commercial business. The southern section, roughly 52.1 acres, will house single-family homes, four-plexes and a 248-unit apartment complex.

None of the City Council members debated the merits of Pinehurst North; all seemed earnest in their opinions that the development would enhance the city as well as its coffers.

However, as with earlier discussions on the development, Pinehurst South proved a bit more difficult to decide upon as City Council members debated development plans to build the apartment complex.

City Council members Bill Hooker and Iris Dysart, both of whom voted against the development, said the apartment complex is too dense for the area.

"My best judgment tells me it's too dense," said Dyasrt, who asked that approval for the North and South portions be separated.

"I can go with the north part, but because of my stance on growth, not the south," Hooker said.

The two issues were not separated as City Council members John Bonee, Julian Espinoza and Scherer argued that the issue at hand centered around the merits of the plat and subdivision agreement only.

"We've already dealt with all that," Scherer said.

Bonee and Espinoza voted for the proposal, against the votes of Hooker and Dysart. Under Basehor bylaws, the mayor has the right to break any tie and did so by voting in favor of the development.

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