Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Falcon Lakes gets nod for seniors

September 4, 2003

The Basehor Planning Commission gave Falcon Lakes developers a thumbs up Tuesday, Sept. 2 to move forward with its "community built around a lifestyle," senior housing development.

Falcon Lakes is a 550-acre residential area and 18-hole public golf course located on Kansas Highway 7, north of Leavenworth Road, in Basehor.

On Tuesday night, developers asked the Planning Commission to rezone an eight-acre tract inside Falcon Lakes from single-family residential to planned residential. The purpose: to build a 48-unit retirement community, featuring a pool, tennis courts and community building.

The units would not be located inside the same building but separate buildings, four units per building. Developers said the 55-years-and-older complex would include 36 two-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units.

The tenants would rent the units, developers said.

"There is a need for this type of use, we're getting a lot of inquiries," project engineer Ed Schlagel said.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the rezoning, 6-0, with a stipulation the retirement community not exceed its planned density or units per acre.

Although it received approval, Planning Commission members did express concern for the additional traffic the retirement complex will generate; the traffic situation near Falcon Lakes is already reaching near-dire circumstances between the development, current landowners and an influx of incoming developments. (See related story, Page 1A)

The Planning Commission said it would address the traffic congestion near the development later during the planning and site plan review.

"We can insist what needs to be done to those roads before this takes place," Planning Commission member Steve Cole said.

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