Archive for Thursday, May 4, 2006

Board approves new comprehensive plan

May 4, 2006

After being put off a month, the public hearing regarding Basehor's Comprehensive Plan resulted in a 6-0 approval of the plan at the Basehor Planning Commission meeting Tuesday evening. It will now be placed on the City Council's June 5 agenda for approval.

Commissioners, along with city planner Dustin Smith and consultants from the firm Schaffer, Kline and Warren, talked about the plan at last month's meeting, made suggestions on possible changes to the plan and decided to delay the hearing until May 2 to allow time for revisions to be made.

The city's comprehensive plan is designed to provide a future goal and guide decisions and plans for Basehor.

"The Comprehensive Plan is the document that defines the physical plan of the city," Smith said. "It is ongoing over a 20 year period."

Smith and consultants met twice since the last planning commission meeting to continue discussions and make changes to the plan.

Additions and changes regarding land use, education, environment policy, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, downtown, parks, public safety, maps and appendices were made.

Notable changes to the plan include locating downtown at or near the Mussett property, which is across from City Hall and distinguishing high density and low-to-medium density land use.

Smith said the plan probably needs some more attention, but is ready for approval.

"Although I think additional work still needs to be done on the Comprehensive Plan, I am relatively comfortable proceeding with its adoption," he said.

In other action, the planning commission:

  • Approved, 6-0, the preliminary plat for Stimetz subdivision, property located in the 14400 block of Parallel Road.
  • Approved, 6-0, the final plat for Fox Ridge of Prairie Gardens, property located at the 16100 block of Parallel Road.
  • Agreed, 6-0, to move the July 2006 Planning Commission meeting to Tuesday, July 11.

The commission also agreed to begin holding work sessions 30 minutes before each regular meeting to discuss non-agenda items. Commissioners were also asked to bring suggestions on items to discuss to the first work session, which will be at 6:30 p.m. before the June 6 meeting.

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