Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2003

Basehor Council to decide on design standards

November 6, 2003

Members of the Basehor City Council will decide on a proposal mandating certain criteria be met in design standards for commercial buildings at its next meeting Monday, Nov. 10.

To ensure the quality and appearance of businesses along major thoroughfares in Basehor, the City Council began studying new standards for commercial designs.

The design standards would stiffen construction and landscape requirements of businesses along the busiest roads in Basehor, and the most visible. Those roads are 150th, 155th and 158th streets; Parallel and Leavenworth roads and the city's portion of U.S. Highway 24/40.

Well constructed, appealing businesses along these most visible roads is good policy and makes a positive impression on passersby, potential new residents and businesses, city officials contend.

The design standards will also entail new businesses within close proximity to each other to follow a uniform theme assuring continuity.

The design standards will not apply to current businesses in operation. Developments that have not yet received building permits will have to comply with the standards should they receive approval Monday night.

The standards have been under consideration and discussion for the past several weeks. Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said he expects the policies to receive approval Monday night.

The City Council is also slated to take action on the following items during the meeting:

  • Installation of street lights in the Creek Ridge subdivision located at the corner of 158th Street and Parallel Road.
  • Contractor payments for U.S. Highway 24/40 sewer interceptor project.
  • Amendment to solid waste ordinance.
  • Amendment to utility policy.

The City Council also has time slated for a work session following their regularly scheduled meeting. As of press time, no items were slated for discussion during the work session.

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