Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Comprehensive planning guide requires additional fine-tuning

Public hearing delayed until May 2 planning meeting

April 6, 2006

So new city officials and consultants can shore up shortcomings, a public hearing on the city's revised comprehensive plan has been continued until next month.

During Tuesday night's Basehor Planning Commission meeting, commissioners, new city planner Dustin Smith and consultants from Shafer, Kline and Warren -- the firm hired by the city to oversee the revisions -- discussed the plan and then requested the hearing be continued so changes could be made.

Smith, who's been on the job for less than a month, said he will begin working with the consultants next week to make more revisions.

"I just didn't feel it was ready to go at this time for adoption," Smith said.

Some changes Smith hopes to address in the comprehensive plan -- which essentially is a master guide for the city to follow for planning purposes -- center on infrastructure and an education component.

"Most of this is done by the school district," said Smith, addressing a section of the plan that outlines proposed educational programs. "In terms of creating programs for education, that really is a function of the school district."

Smith said he believes strongly in a partnership between municipal government and the school district, but where the city can most effectively aid local schools lies with complementing residential development to fill the schools.

Educating students, he said, should be left to the educators.

Other items in the comprehensive plan that Smith will review before the comprehensive plan is adopted include text and strategies relating infrastructure.

Most notably, sections on sewer and transportation plans need to be more specific.

The public hearing will resume at next month's meeting, scheduled for May 2.

In other action, the planning commission:

  • Approved, 5-0, the final plat for the first phase of Highpoint Downs, a 550-home subdivision southeast corner of Donahoo Road and 155th Street.
  • Approved, 5-0, the final plat for phase two of Metzger Meadows, a 13-home subdivision on Leavenworth Road.
  • Approved, 5-0, annexing the third phase of Prairie Gardens, a subdivision on 158th Street.
  • Approved, 4-1, rezoning the third phase of Prairie Gardens from single-family residential to planned residential.

Planning commission member Jim Washington voted against the proposal, he said, because he felt the single-family residential zoning was more appropriate for the subdivision.

  • Approved, 4-1, the preliminary plat for phase three of Prairie Gardens. Again, Washington voted against the item, based on the zoning designation.
  • Approved, 5-0, rezoning Pinehurst Estates from commercial to planned residential.
  • Approved, 5-0, a revised preliminary development plan for the Pinehurst development.
  • Approved, 5-0, a preliminary plat for Pinehurst Estates.

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