Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Maples receives go-ahead

April 8, 2004

The Basehor Planning Commission unanimously approved a long-debated and controversial subdivision during its meeting Tuesday night.

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve the preliminary plat of the single-family residential area.

Some members of the Planning Commission were hesitant to approve the development because it featured only one access road, Poplar Street, which is a primary access point into the Pin Oak subdivision.

Reports submitted to the Planning Commission from two separate engineers differed on how much additional traffic Poplar Street could handle.

City engineer Joe McAfee reported the street could handle traffic for 20 more lots before a second road would be needed; a report from an outside engineering firm indicated the street could handle traffic for another 70 lots.

However, traffic concerns became a moot point Tuesday night. Maples developers said they could build a second access road on property owned by the Holy Angels Catholic Church, who has agreed to grant an easement.

A condition of the Planning Commission's approval is that the new street, which is required to be built to collector street standards, must be constructed when construction of the development's first phase begins. Construction traffic also must travel down the new street.

Another provision is that homes within the Maples subdivision must be a minimum of 1,700 square feet.

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