Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2004

Basehor seeks bids to update master plan

September 30, 2004

During a work session Monday night, the Basehor City Council gave city planners the OK to send out requests for proposals to area design firms, one of which the city will hire to assist in revising the comprehensive plan.

Essentially, a comprehensive plan is a master guide for cities and is used most often for planning and zoning purposes. The standard practice for most municipalities is to update their plan every five years. The city's plan, written in 1993, hasn't seen a major revision since 1996.

The ballpark cost for hiring a firm to assist with the comprehensive plan revisions has been placed between $20,000 and $40,000. City planners said responses for the requests for proposals are expected to be back to the city by the end of October.

City officials hope to start revising the plan before the end of this year.

Before the work session, the City Council conducted its regular monthly meeting. Below are action items voted on Monday during the meeting.

  • Approved, 3-1, rezoning land slated for the Hickory Valley single-family residential development from suburban residential to single-family residential. Also, the City Council approved the preliminary plat for the development by the same margin. City Council member Bill Hooker was the lone vote against. Hooker said his position is that he's "opposed to more residents and development." City Council member John Bonee, the developer of Hickory Valley, abstained from both votes.
  • Approved, 4-1, an amendment for municipal sewer connection fees. Bonee voted against.
  • Denied, 4-1, waiving plat restrictions per request of phase 3 Rickel subdivision residents. Julian Espinoza voted against denying the waiver.
  • Approved, 5-0, the preliminary development plan and preliminary plat for phase 3 of Creek Ridge, a residential subdivision located west of 155th Street, near the intersection of 158th Street and Parallel Road (see related story, page 12A).
  • Approved, 5-0, letting out bids for the improvement of City Hall parking lot. City officials have placed the improvements at an estimated cost of $60,000.
  • Tabled the allocation of construction costs for the U.S. Highway 24/40 interceptor line. The item will be tabled until the city is advised by its attorney to place it back on the agenda (see related story, page 12A).

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