Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Safety a concern for north developments

September 4, 2003

The word congestion is defined by Webster's dictionary as overcrowding or clogging.

Pertinent here as it relates to traffic congestion, the meaning of which wasn't lost on the Basehor Planning Commission during its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2 when deciding the fate of developments north of Leavenworth Road, in Basehor.

Two developments were brought before the Planning Commission Tuesday night -- an eight-acre, 48-unit senior retirement complex at Falcon Lakes and Hollingsworth Estates, a 11.56-acre development that could feature as many as 70 housing units with three to four units per building.

Hollingsworth Estates requested rezoning its 11 acres of ground from rural residential to two-family residential. The development also submitted its preliminary plat, which was approved as well as the rezoning.

The developments, which will use Hollingsworth Road as access, could significantly add to a fast-growing traffic problem on the roadway deemed a safety hazard and ill suited by some area residents.

The impending traffic problem wasn't lost on the Planning Commission as members and Hollingsworth Estates developer Douglas Kean, Overland Park, searched for a solution.

Kean said he could afford to put approximately $45,000 toward improving Hollingsworth Road, making the roadway 36 feet wide with chip and seal, beginning at K-7 and moving west. The developer will pay a nine cents per square foot excise tax as well, bringing his fee for street improvements to $90,000.

Whether the excise tax money will be used for Hollingsworth Road remains to be decided.

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