County’s planning commission OKs two housing developments
The Leavenworth County Planning Commission last week approved zoning for two residential subdivisions that contain more than 200 lots.
The subdivisions, both south of Basehor, will be considered by the Leavenworth County Commission on Nov. 30.
John Zoellner, the county's planning director, said he expects a high number of county residents to attend that commission meeting. At last week's planning commission meeting, residents spoke against the two planned developments, citing concerns about traffic and density.
At the meeting, the planning commission also was to consider another residential development of more than 100 lots on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40, about a half-mile west of 166th Street. At the site, about 1.5 miles west of Basehor, property owners originally had planned to develop a recreational vehicle park. After nearby residents protested, the plans were changed to single-family residential.
But because the planning commission meeting had run for 4 1/2 hours by the time that development was to be considered, the commission delayed consideration until Dec. 13.
"It was 11 o'clock," Zoellner said.
Commissioners approved plans for a subdivision at the northeast corner of 158th Street and Metro Avenue. Originally, Albert Hoelting, a Basehor resident, had submitted a rezoning request that would allow construction of 266 single-family homes on 80 acres. He then reduced the number of lots to 192.
The planning commission's approval is contingent on Hoelting including some larger lots along both Metro and 158th.
"So this will reduce the number, but I don't know exactly how much it will reduce it," Zoellner said. "It's less than 192 lots."
Although traffic was a concern to nearby residents, they had other complaints.
"People were more concerned about the size of the lots," Zoellner said, "and the capacity of the lagoon down there."
It's possible, he said, the developer would have to upgrade a sewer lift station in the area.
The other zoning the planning commission approved paves the way for about 65 residential lots just south of Basehor. The new development, Cedar Falls, is planned east of Cedar Lake Estates, west of Nottingham Estates and south of Briarwood Estates.
"Traffic seemed to be the main issue," Zoellner said about nearby residents. "They also wanted bigger lots."
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