Basehor developer seeks to intervene
Owners of the Pinehurst development filed a motion to intervene on behalf of the city of Basehor last week in Leavenworth County District Court, Basehor city attorney John Thompson said.
The case in which the motion to intervene was filed under is a civil lawsuit naming Basehor as defendant.
Cedar Lakes residents Gary and Artie Wells are the plaintiffs and claim the city was "unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious," in approving rezoning for Pinehurst in February.
The motion to intervene is a step in the right direction toward resolving the lawsuit, Thompson told Basehor City Council members Monday night.
"I think that's a positive development in this case," Thompson said.
The Pinehurst development is a 98-acre area slated for commercial, residential and retail use, south of Kansas Highway 24/40 across from the Basehor Town Square.
During a February meeting, the City Council voted to approve the Pinehurst rezoning from rural residential to commercial and planned residential.
Nearby residents -- the majority of which live in Cedar Lakes and Briarwood -- opposed the development at the meeting because Pinehurst plans to build a 248-unit apartment complex.
Opponents claim the apartment complex would adversely affect their property values and quality of life. The apartments would also breed crime and be a detriment to local schools, opponents said.
The lawsuit claims Basehor city officials did not follow proper procedure in approving the rezoning.
The case is scheduled for a November trial.