Archive for Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Plans develop for 130-lot subdivision

October 4, 2000

Owners of a 50-acre tract along U.S. Highway 24-40 now are working on Plan B.

Instead of trying to build a recreational vehicle park on the land, theyl soon submit a request for single-family zoning on the property. The site is on the south side of the highway, about a half-mile west of 166th Street.

Last spring, the Leavenworth County Planning Commission turned thumbs down on a proposal for an RV park for the property, after nearby property owners raised concerns about noise, traffic and trash. Property owners submitted a protest petition over the plans.

Tonganoxie residents Burdel and Cynthia Welsh then withdrew their plans for the RV park before they went to the Leavenworth County Commission.

This week, the Welshes, along with two other owners, hope to submit a request for single-family homes on the land, which is about 1.5 miles west of Basehor.

ee talking about doing single-family lots, doing a subdivision out there,said Price Banks, a Lawrence attorney representing the Welshes and Lawrence businessmen Jim Slough and Mike Edmondson.

Banks said preliminary plans call for about 130 single-family lots on the property. He said that nearby property owners and county planning commission members said they would prefer homes to an RV park.

hat was the message that we got from the neighbors and from the planning commission,he said. fter much trepidation, we decided to move ahead and make everybody happy.

Banks called the site a ynamite location.
hat about as non-controversial a use as you could find out there,he said. e have direct access to the highway. I can imagine anyone raising traffic issues.
It probable that the subdivision, which Banks said likely would be an upscale subdivision, would be developed in phases.

Edmondson is a Lawrence Realtor and developer, while Slough owns real estate in Lawrence and is involved with Free State Glass. Burdel Welsh is a Leavenworth County undersheriff.

The plans should be ready for the Nov. 8 planning commission meeting, Banks said.

At that same meeting, planning commissioners likely will consider plans for another subdivision.

Meanwhile, plans by another developer for a single-family subdivision at 158th Street and Metro Avenue have run into snags. Albert Hoelting, a Basehor resident, had submitted a rezoning request that would allow construction of 266 single-family homes on 80 acres at the northeast corner of the intersection. But nearby residents raised concerns about traffic and the size of lots.

So last week, the Leavenworth County Commission unanimously agreed to return the matter to the planning commission in an effort to find a compromise.

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