Residents’ voices help scuttle subdivision plans
It was probably a violation of fire codes.
That's how packed Basehor City Hall was during the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7. Residents took to every available chair or spot on the floor they could find to voice displeasure with a proposed housing development slated to build just feet away from their front doors.
In the end, the Planning Commission agreed with their arguments and rejected a multi-family rezoning proposal and preliminary plat for the Maples subdivision. The Planning Commission did approve a rezoning request for the subdivision from rural residential to single-family residential.
Leavenworth developer Lonnie Phillips proposed to build a single and multi- family housing development east of the Pin Oak subdivision. The development was slated to include 77 single-family homes and 23 town homes or duplexes, according to the preliminary plat.
That was before Tuesday night when residents from Pin Oak and Wellington Place, another nearby subdivision, told Planning Commission members their views of the project.
Duane Park, president of the Wellington Place homeowners association, said drainage from Maples would flow into a Wellington Place pond. The homeowners were against adding the drainage because $17,000 in revenue had already been put into building and maintaining the pond and adding more drainage could disrupt insurance coverage.
Other residents said the new subdivision went against what they were told when purchasing property in Pin Oak. They were told any addition would be another phase of Pin Oak, not another subdivision, residents contended.
"It is going to be an extension of Pin Oak because it's going to impact our streets," said Lynn Sebree.
"You can call it whatever you want to call it but it is going to be an extension of Pin Oak," he added.
Another criticism of the Maples project was the addition of multi-family housing as well as the planned construction of a street, which would run through property owned by the Holy Angels Catholic Church.
Albert Hoelting, chairman of the church building committee, said the church isn't sure what Holy Angels will do with their property and plans for a road are premature.
"I wished they would have worked with us a little more," Holting said.
Without the street, the development would create traffic congestion for the other developments, residents said.
Planning Commission Rick Hogue may have summed up best the feelings of the board.
"I have a serious problem (approving) this without road access," Hogue said. "I say let's get a road in there first."