Archive for Thursday, May 1, 2003

After a no from county, developers try Basehor next

May 1, 2003

Just months past being denied by the county, developers of the Wolf Creek Industrial Park will take their chances with Basehor to rezone their property.

On Tuesday, May 6, the Basehor Planning Commission will host a public hearing concerning the rezoning of a 95- to- 97-acre tract at 150th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.

The board will also consider a preliminary plat for the industrial park.

The petition for rezoning and consideration of the preliminary plat was submitted by Miles Excavating owners Steve and Darla Miles.

The developers want the zoning changed from rural residential to general business, light industrial and heavy industrial uses.

The development will feature 12 lots. All but one of the lots are slated for light and heavy industrial uses, according to the plat.

Lot sizes range from 2 to 8.8 acres.

The developers submitted a similar rezoning request to the Leavenworth County Planning Commission in January. The county denied the request, 7-1.

The proposed development is within the city's urban growth area and should be annexed and developed under the city's guidelines, county officials said.

County officials also cited past violations at the development including filling in a flood plain and diverting a stream channel without a permit as reasons for denying the rezoning.

Residents living near the proposed industrial park attended the county meeting and protested the development.

City codes administrator Mike Hooper said he expects similar opposition Tuesday night.

"We're expecting a packed room," Hooper said.

The Miles' and development engineers will also be at the meeting, Hooper said.

The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Before the public hearing, the Basehor Board of Zoning Appeals will consider a variance request concerning the Heritage Apartments, 2312 N. 155th St., formerly known as the Kingmen Apartments.

The apartment complex is scheduled to undergo major renovations in coming months.

A development site plan includes improving the existing building, 12-unit apartment complex, while expanding the facility by an additional 12 units to the 1.97-acre site.

The site plan also includes adding a clubhouse to the complex, which would contain space for washers and dryers, an office and maintenance equipment.

But before renovations can begin, developer Jay Goss must receive approval for the number of apartments in the complex.

"They want 28 units and they're only allowed 24," Hooper said.

The renovations could begin as quickly as June 1, city officials said. The new construction would not displace any of the tenants

The zoning appeals meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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