Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

County planners approve subdivision near Basehor

January 17, 2001

Next week, Leavenworth County commissioners will consider a plan to develop about 130 homes on a 50-acre tract just west of Basehor.

The county's planning commission last week unanimously approved the plan, which calls for 130 single-family homes on 12,500-square-foot lots. The proposed subdivision site is on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40, about a half-mile west of 166th Street.

At that site, about 1.5 miles west of Basehor, a Tonganoxie couple, Burdel and Cynthia Welsh, originally had planned to develop a recreational vehicle park. After nearby residents protested, the Welshes joined with two Lawrence businessmen in an attempt to develop the land into a residential subdivision.

County commissioners are set to consider the development at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

John Zoellner, county planning director, said that in addition to 130 homes, plans call for areas of green space.

"There was some opposition at the planning commission meeting, but not near as much as before," he said.

In recent weeks, the county commission has turned down two rural subdivisions south of Basehor.

Scuttled were an 80-acre development that would have contained about 190 homes at 158th Street and Metro Avenue, as well as a 40-acre development that would have contained about 65 homes south of 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Nearby residents had submitted petitions protesting both developments.

Zoellner said that so far no one has submitted a petition against the Welshes' proposal.

"All the property around it is very large lots that people would stand to gain if someone brought sewers to their property," Zoellner said. "We're going to have growth, and we just can't stop growth. There's a good chance it will be approved, but you never know."

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