Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

Planning commission debates sidewalk issue

March 5, 2009

The Basehor Planning Commission is getting a little closer to a resolution for the city’s problems with subdivision sidewalks.

During a work session on Tuesday night, Planning Director Dustin Smith continued discussion with commission members about a plan for constructing sidewalks in Basehor’s existing subdivisions.

The commission has been working toward a sidewalk plan for several years, and at last month’s meeting, Smith said he was in favor of putting in sidewalks on both sides of each street in each of the subdivisions.

“No one has ever really been able to give me a good reason why sidewalks shouldn’t be on both sides, other than to say it’s not necessary,” Smith said. “I could talk four hours about why I think it is necessary.”

Tuesday night, Smith said that he believed one of the best reasons to put in sidewalks in all subdivisions was so that children had a place to play safely.

“That’s the most compelling thing here for me,” Smith said as he showed commissioners a photo of children riding bikes on a sidewalk. “That’s why we should put in sidewalks, and that’s one reason why they need to be on both sides so everyone has equal access to them.”

Smith presented some cost estimations to put in sidewalks in High Point Downs.

The High Point Downs subdivision has about 100 lots, and Smith said it would cost approximately $1,100 per lot to put in sidewalks on one side of the street. This cost would double if sidewalks were constructed on both sides. The total project for High Point Downs, Smith said, would cost around $110,000 or $220,000, depending on which sides of the street were chosen.

The commissioners will hear more about the sidewalk plans at the April 7 meeting.

Also on Tuesday night, the commission:

• Approved, 7-0, the minutes of the Feb. 3 meeting with two amendments. The minutes omitted that Commissioner Kevin Jones was present at the Feb. 3 meeting. Also, on item E3, the minutes state that Commissioner Jason Logsdon noted the planning commission reviewed the annexation of Cedar Lakes in July 2008 and approved the annexation. City Administrator Carl Slaugh made this statement; Logsdon did not.

• Tabled, 7-0, consideration of the proposed zoning regulations. Smith said he wanted to take some additional time to discuss the regulations with the Basehor City Council at its March 9 work session.

• Tabled, 7-0, a public hearing considering proposed subdivision regulations. Smith wanted to discuss these regulations, as well, with the city council on March 9.

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