Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

Maples coming back before Planning Commission

April 1, 2004

Before it can move forward, a controversial subdivision many local residents have opposed publicly must receive four votes during next week's Basehor Planning Commission meeting.

With the status of today's shorthanded Planning Commission that doesn't leave much wiggle room for the Maples subdivision, a proposed 100 single-family home development.

On Tuesday, April 6, the Planning Commission will again take up the debate concerning the Maples subdivision, which is seeking approval of its preliminary plat.

In recent months, the Planning Commission, normally a seven-member board, has seen two members -- former chairman Ron Owen and Steve Cole -- resign their seats for personal reasons. City officials have not yet filled the vacancies, a process completed by mayoral appointment and City Council confirmation.

According to city bylaws, a majority of the seven-members is required for a measure to receive approval, as opposed to a majority of the five seats currently filled.

Maples opponents have said the additional traffic brought by the development would endanger people in surrounding neighborhoods.

In previous meetings, developers said Maples had only one access road, Poplar Street.

Although the subdivision has little room for error Tuesday night, it may be benefited by two factors.

City codes administrator Mike Hooper said his office has received information that suggests a resolution is possible to the traffic problem development of Maples might cause.

The city has a letter from Maples developers stating that an oral agreement is in place between developers and the Holy Angels Catholic Church, which grants an easement for construction of another access road.

Also, the city has been sent a copy of an engineer's analysis of the intersection of Poplar and 155th streets stating that the intersection could handle traffic for an additional 50 to 75 homes.

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