Archive for Wednesday, March 15, 2000

Meeting set on downtown guidelines

March 15, 2000

Design guidelines for downtown Tonganoxie soon should be finished.

The first draft of a set of design guidelines is due March 15. A meeting to discuss the guidelines and to allow members of the community to make sure these guidelines meet with what was discussed at three workshops will be at 7 p.m. next Wednesday.

The guidelines will show a merge between existing planning guidelines and those discussed at the workshops.

The guidelines will apply only to those who choose to borrow from a $120,000 revolving loan fund. According to Linda Zacher, city planner, $5,000 from a Metropolitan Community Capacity Building Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing is also being used for the development of the guidelines.

Sally Schwenk, a representative from the Historic Preservation Services in Kansas City, Mo., said that illustrations coinciding with some of the new guidelines should be available at the meeting.

"We want to continually enhance and create a sense of place for the downtown area," Schwenk said.

She said that the city should receive its draft this week and will have the chance to comment on some of the guidelines first. Then they will present it to the public at the March 22 meeting and will invite comments from the public.

The architect will also be at the meeting to present the guidelines visually.

Those interested will be able to sign up for meetings with the architect.

"We are looking at being able to show graphically what is and isn't recommended," Schwenk said.

The guidelines will contain some specific restrictions, but they should not be too complicated to figure out.

"The whole goal is for anyone to be able to pick up the guidelines and understand what they mean," Schwenk said.

After the meeting, the only thing left should be a few minor changes to the guidelines.

"There should be no major surprises," Schwenk said. "We have had a good representation at the workshops."

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