Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2000

Planning commission hears official plans for manufactured home park

September 14, 2000

The Eudora Planning and Zoning Commission has heard official plans for a manufactured home park planned for 132 acres in West Eudora.

Representatives from Landplan Engineering, Lawrence, presented the commission with an introduction to the park at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Landplan designed the plan for the park, to be directly north of K-10 and west of Winchester Road. The land is owned by Tom Horner, Jr., president of Mid-America Manufactured Housing Communities Inc.

Commission chairman Kurt von Achen told the 50-person audience that no immediate action regarding the development's plans would be taken that night.

"What's going to happen is going to be a little bit contrary to what most of you probably think is going to happen," von Achen said. "What you're going to hear tonight is a presentation from the applicant, then we'll set a public hearing for October."

Phil Struble, Landplan, commented on the size of the audience, saying the owner realized a park of this size coming to Eudora might concern the public.

"It's no secret, nor have we tried to hide it, (that we plan) to develop this land for modular housing," Struble said. "We know that is a concern for a lot of people."

Struble stressed that the property's closeness to Eudora made it ripe for annexation, development and changing the zoning from agricultural to residential multi-family.

"This piece of property is adjacent to the city of Eudora and is ready to be annexed," he said. "We think this is the right use for it."

The commission approved a public hearing for Oct. 4. It will vote on the petition of annexation of the land into Eudora and on changing zoning from agriculture to multi-family residential. After the vote, the commission will send its recommendation to the Eudora City Council.

In other action, the commission:

voted to hold a public hearing in November regarding a tree ordinance for Eudora.

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