Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2004

Basehor’s Maples subdivision back before planning commission

February 26, 2004

The debate concerning the future of the proposed Maples subdivision and the neighborhoods surrounding it will resume next week. The Basehor Planning Commission will meet March 2 to decide on the development's preliminary plat.

The Maples subdivision is a proposed 100 single-family home development seated on 40 acres of land. Its borders meet those of Pin Oak, a 32-home development just west of Maples.

Next week's hearing is a continuation from January when the Planning Commission, unable to come to a decision after several hours of debate, tabled the proposal until a traffic study could be completed.

The proposed subdivision has no other access road besides Poplar Street, a street servicing Pin Oak residents.

The Planning Commission asked Maples developers to complete a traffic study on the intersection of Poplar and 155th streets before coming before them again.

Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper said his office has not yet received a traffic study from developers but that it appears developers have plans in place to secure another access road into Maples.

Hooper said the city has received a letter from the Holy Angels Catholic Church, which states a verbal agreement is in place granting developers an easement along the church's east property line for an access road.

Pin Oak residents, as well as other nearby property owners, have voiced their opposition to the Maples development throughout the planning process.

The primary criticism, among numerous others, is that using Poplar Street as an access road for construction and later resident use into Maples would endanger people in Pin Oak.

Maples developer Lonnie Phillips has contended his development would be an upscale project complimentary to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Planning Commission's decision on the development's preliminary plat will not go before the City Council unless three or more council members request it.

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