Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2005

Basehor Planning Commission approves 2 new developments

Council fills one vacancy on planning commission

June 23, 2005

The four members of the Basehor Planning commission met Wednesday, June 15, and acted on two proposed city developments.

The Wednesday night meeting was a make-up meeting from the week before when the commission was unable to reach a quorum. The seven-member body is down to only four members.

In the most contested item Wednesday, the commission approved, 4-0, a rezoning request submitted by developers of Metzger Meadows. Developers received approval to rezone 4.8 acres at 15749 Leavenworth Road from suburban residential to single-family residential.

Basehor city planners said developers hope to build 14 homes on the land. Before the meeting, they had received a variance from city staff that allows the development's minimum lot size to be 72 feet wide rather than the normal 75 feet wide.

Between five to 10 opponents of the development attended the meeting, and several voiced their displeasure with the development. One of the primary arguments is that development of Metzger Meadows will increase storm water run-off and adversely affect existing residences.

Planning commission members approved the rezoning request as well as Metzger Meadows preliminary plat Wednesday.

The approval came with numerous stipulations for developers to adhere to, most notably that a drainage report be submitted and accepted by the planning commission.

The planning commission also acted on two requests from Landplan Engineering regarding a proposed residential and commercial development at the southwest corner of 155th Street and Donahoo Road.

Highpoint Downs consists of 69.4 acres of single-family residential homes and 10.6 acres of commercial businesses.

The development had requested 73.5 acres of residential and 6.5 acres of commercial, but the Basehor City Council requested Highpoint Downs developers increase their commercial acreage to at least 10 acres.

After developers revised their plans, development requests for rezoning the two tracts were referred back to the planning commission.

On Wednesday, planning commission members approved, 4-0, rezoning the 69.4 acres from rural to single-family residential and the 10.6 acres from rural to general business.

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