Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2003

Zarda Center tabled by planning board

October 9, 2003

Because issues raised by the city of Basehor's engineer were not addressed by developers, the public hearing on the proposed preliminary plat for the Zarda Center was tabled Tuesday, Oct. 7 during the Basehor Planning Commission meeting.

The Zarda Center is an 80-acre tract located on Kansas Highway 7 north of Leavenworth Road. It sits just east of the Falcon Lakes development.

The acreage will be used primarily for commercial and retail development and could include office space, restaurants, a convenience store and possibly a hotel and bank. Overall, 33 buildings are planned for the development.

Planning Commission members voted, 5-0, to continue the hearing until next month's meeting.

Two Planning Commission members, Steve Cole and Jason Logsdon did not vote; Cole was absent from the meeting and Logsdon, who is employed by the company that prepared the Zarda Center plans, abstained.

City codes administrator Mike Hooper said Zarda Center engineers did not address issues raised by the city's engineer, Joe McAfee.

A city staff report indicates the development, while in compliance with the future development and comprehensive plans, will significantly effect neighboring properties by increasing traffic.

The Zarda Center's preliminary development plat indicates traffic will funnel into the commercial area via Falcon Lakes Parkway, a $1.4 million access road built by the Falcon Lakes development. That road was ordered barricaded by the Kansas Department of Transportation more than a year ago.

The staff report indicates the city "has to proceed as if KDOT is not going to allow Falcon Lakes Parkway to connect K-7 Highway. With this in mind, the developer must be required to improve the intersections and roadways involved with Hollingsworth and Donohoo roads."

Hollingsworth and Donohoo roads are the primary entry points to the Zarda Center as well as Falcon Lakes.

The plat is expected to be brought back before the Planning Commission during next month's meeting.

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