Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Basehor council shapes desire for K-7 Highway

Recent annexation won’t deter city’s future growth plan

November 18, 2004

Last week's decision by the Leavenworth County Commission allowing the city of Lansing to annex approximately 1,300 acres south along Kansas Highway 7 did nothing to stymie the future growth plans of Basehor.

"Fairmount Road is as far north as Basehor wants to go," Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said. "It worked out really good. They didn't affect the city's plans at all. Nothing like it."

Last week, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Leavenworth County Commission voted 2-1 to allow the Lansing southward expansion. Commissioners Donald Navinsky and Joe Daniels, who represents the 3rd District covering the county's southern portion, voted for the proposal.

The annexation brings Lansing's borders up to the Leavenworth-Wyandotte County line along K-7.

While the Lansing annexation doesn't have any bearing on Basehor's K-7 plans, the Basehor City Council has been talking about the future of the highway, specifically the mile to two-mile stretch within the city limits.

Council members recently agreed to a wish-list of sorts it will take to the Kansas Department of Transportation for consideration of future uses along the highway.

Fuqua said the city would ask state transportation officials to place a stop-light at Hollingsworth Road and K-7 -- the primary entrance into the Falcon Lakes residential area and golf course -- and for a right-turn in, right-turn out only every half mile along the roadway.

The right-in, right-outs would maintain the high-speed traffic flow along K-7 and allow traffic to flow into the city's existing and future developments, Fuqua said. Not only does the city have Falcon Lakes along K-7, but at least two more developments have proposed building near K-7 if access from the highway could be maintained or improved.

The city would also like an additional stoplight at Donohoo Road and K-7, but Fuqua said the council agreed not to push for the extra traffic signal. During recent meetings, state transportation officials have said it's unlikely K-7 could feature multiple traffic signals within a mile stretch and still maintain its high-speed integrity.

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