Archive for Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Letter: Concerned about new zoning

January 18, 2012

To the editor:

Some residents of Bonner Springs are not happy with the possibility of additional apartment buildings being built on the east side of 132nd Street, south of Kansas Avenue and north of Heritage Drive — across the street from the already existing Bonner Highlands apartment complex.

There are two zoned lots, currently designated as Low-Density Residential and Single-Family Residential District. There is a request for rezoning these properties to a High Density Residential designation. There is also an amendment request to change the Single-Family Residential District classification to an R-3, Multi-Family Residential District classification. What this means for Bonner residents is a large increase in population within a relatively short period of time. Citizens of Bonner Springs are worried about the negative impact to the entire community by adding additional large apartment complexes so close to each other. Citizens’ concerns include increased taxes, public safety, traffic, property values, environmental issues and crime.

These same residents are not against development of these lots. Their concerns are focused on the potential of two major apartment complexes being built within such close proximity and its impact to their community. By keeping the original zoning, it limits the population increase and the demand on the community.

There is a public hearing for Bonner Springs residents at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 205 E. 2nd St. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comment on the re-zoning of the properties.

Bill Bezak and Jennie Cox

Bonner Springs

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