Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2005

Basehor plan board reaches out for land

Commission earmarks commercial parcel at 155th and Donahoo Road

March 17, 2005

Saying that 155th Street and Donahoo Road could become the city's next major intersection, a representative from Landplan Engineering recently told members of the Basehor Planning Commission that it would be wise to designate some tract of land in the area as commercial property.

Planning Commission members agreed.

During a meeting March 1, Mark Gardner of Landplan Engineering discussed the future of the property with the Planning Commission. He said at some point in the future, possibly 10 to 15 years down the road, that approximately 80 acres at the southwest corner of 155th Street and Donahoo Road could be home to development.

If so, it would be wise to rezone six acres of the land as commercial and the remaining acres as single-family residential, Gardner said.

Landplan Engineering is also the firm behind a development at the southeast corner of 155th Street and Donahoo Road, Highpoint Downs.

City planner Angela Solberg said the property discussed by the Planning Commission and Gardner would first have to be annexed before the city could take rezoning action on the property.

In other action, the Planning Commission:

  • Approved, 6-1, rezoning approximately 94 acres of land from suburban residential and planned industrial to planned residential for the Tomahawk Valley development. Miles Excavating, a Basehor company, is developing Tomahawk Valley and submitted the request for rezoning.

When completed, Tomahawk Valley, located between 155th and 158th Streets north of U.S. Highway 24/40, will include 106 single-family homes, 44 duplexes, 17 four-plexes and 57 patio homes, according to city officials.

Planning Commission member George Smith was the lone vote of opposition. He reiterated earlier sentiments that Basehor is already saturated with multi-family development and didn't need additional units at this time.

Mike Hooper, a project manager with Miles Excavating, said the multi-family units would be built as the market demanded.

  • Approved, 7-0, another rezoning request from Miles Excavating to designate approximately 10 acres of land from planned industrial to general business district. The land is adjacent from the Tomahawk Valley development.

Planning Commission members agreed that the property was a better fit for commercial uses rather than industrial.

  • Approved, 6-1, the preliminary plat/preliminary development plan for Tomahawk Valley. Again, Smith was the lone vote of opposition.
  • Approved, 7-0, a rezoning request from multi-family residential to neighborhood business for 14 acres of ground located inside the Wolf Creek Junction development, formerly known as Basehor Plaza. Previously, the property would have included 4-plexes, however, after a recent sale of the property, new developers Ed McIntosh and John Bell altered plans for the development to feature commercial and retail businesses only.

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