Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2003

Uniform design standards under review

October 16, 2003

To ensure the quality and appearance of businesses along major roads in Basehor are up to par, the Basehor City Council is reviewing a proposal mandating design standards for commercial buildings.

The proposal was tabled during the City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 13. City officials said the proposal was tabled so minor changes could be made in the proposal's wording and they expect the design standards to be approved at a meeting later this month.

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

Well constructed, attractive businesses along those roads is not only good policy, but makes a good impression on travelers, new residents and potential new businesses, city officials said.

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

The design standards will not apply to current businesses in operation. However, developments that have not yet received building permits will have to comply with the new standards.

The commercial design standards are expected to receive City Council approval in two weeks, on Monday, Oct. 27, the next regularly scheduled meeting.

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