Archive for Thursday, December 19, 2002

Commission recommends commercial, duplex rezoning

December 19, 2002

After several meetings and hours of discussion, rezoning for two Eudora developments will go before the Eudora City Council again, this time with a recommendation for approval from the Planning Commission.

The central Eudora proposal, the Grand Addition neighborhood, garnered the Commission's support for its preliminary plan based on traffic studies that showed the neighborhood's input on area streets wouldn't be significant enough to warrant repairs to 15th Street or a 14th and Church traffic light.

Developers rerouted some of the neighborhood's streets, as well as reduced the number of homes from 73 to 71. The distance between homes had been an issue between the Commission and Landplan Engineering, which maintained a six-foot easement on the narrow side of each house would have allowed developers to create homes at a more-affordable price for first-time buyers.

The Commission also insisted Landplan Engineering create a homeowners' association for the upkeep of a greenspace area around a retention pond, relieving the city of duties to maintain the area as a park.

The Council will also take another look at proposals for the Shadow Ridge addition in south Eudora. After the Commission recommended the Council not approve rezoning for the addition, Council members sent the issues back to the Commission to either reconsider or to justify its previous decision.

The Commission decided to recommend approval of commercial rezoning and duplex and multi-family rezoning for the addition south of the current development. The Commission recommends neighborhood commercial zoning, which members said was most restrictive of what type of businesses could set up shop, including a bakery, dry cleaner or convenience store. The Commission decided to amend the definition to allow gasoline sales, too.

The Commission recommended the Council allow Shadow Ridge to add multi-family and duplex housing with the contingency the buildings' designs reflected the nature of the existing single-family development and that developers employ a variety of designs. Moreover, the duplexes would be buffered by single-family homes, which Commission members said would be acceptable because homeowners would be fully aware of their duplex neighbors before purchasing a house.

Even though additional traffic, especially from the commercial development, might tax Douglas County 1061, the Commission decided the county wouldn't do anything to improve the road until development warranted it necessary. Instead of waiting for road improvements, the Commission recommended the city might as well add development in hopes the added traffic would spur upgrades.

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