Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2001

City Council Briefs

March 14, 2001

Casino hearing to be set in April

Next month, the public will get its say on a proposal to construct a casino in Leavenworth County.

A public hearing will be conducted during the week of April 16, Tonganoxie City Council members decided Monday night.

The meeting will be conducted at the high school or junior high school.

At their March 26 meeting, council members will set a date for the public hearing.

Economic development officials from Jackson County, Kansas, and North Kansas City, Mo., also will be on hand at that meeting to discuss how casinos have affected their areas.

City continues work on development plan

Work continues on the city's proposed comprehensive plan.

Next Tuesday, the planning commission and the comprehensive plan task force will accept public input. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The task force will meet on March 27 to review and revise the plan. And on April 4, the planning commission will meet to make a recommendation on the plan. City council members should consider the plan at their April 9 meeting.

"That's the time frame we're looking at," said Linda Zacher, city planner.

Zacher told city council members Monday night that some members of the public have been confused by land maps included in the draft of the plan.

She emphasized they are land-use maps, not zoning maps.

"The text of the plan is more important than the graphic map," she said.

And unless a property is rezoned by the city or landowner the zoning designation shown on the land map doesn't affect the property's use, Zacher said.

Council member Janet Angell encouraged all Tonganoxie residents to review the plan, which is available at city hall and on the city's Web site: www.tongie.org.

City council approves stormwater ordinance

Tonganoxie City Council members Monday approved a storm water detention ordinance.

Under the ordinance, owners of all residential, commercial and industrial sites of one acre or less would be exempt from a drainage study. The studies would gauge the impact of a proposed development on the existing drainage system and determine the need for detention.

City to review codes at upcoming session

A work session has been set for 7 p.m. March 22 for Tonganoxie City Council members to review life-safety and building codes the city is considering.

After a Feb. 14 fire at a local apartment complex, city officials decided to review existing codes in Tonganoxie pertaining to new construction and existing buildings.

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