Archive for Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Council OKs development proposals

January 1, 2003

Developers are one step closer to seeing commercial and duplex development in the Shadow Ridge addition after a Dec. 23 meeting, when the Eudora City Council approved rezoning.

The Shadow Ridge rezoning issues had gone before the Council once before without a recommendation to approve from the Planning Commission. The Council asked the Commission to either reconsider its decision or justify its reasons.

Developers initially wanted to include multi-family housing in the Shadow Ridge expansion project, but the zoning approved by the City Council will place both duplex and single-family zoning in the area. Moreover, the Commission and Council insisted on a caveat that would have developers designing duplexes that reflected the single-family nature of the existing neighborhood and would employ a variety of styles.

The developers also wanted a business area zoned highway commercial, but the Planning Commission recommended instead to zone the area neighborhood commercial -- Eudora's most restrictive commercial zoning -- with an exception that would allow gasoline sales.

During the meeting the Council approved a preliminary plan for the Grand Addition neighborhood in central Eudora, which like the Shadow Ridge project remained in limbo for several months while recommendations and changes were made to make the projects ready for city approval.

Although Eudora planning consultant Sean Ackerson said preliminary traffic studies showed the Grand Addition neighborhood, near the Eudora Nursing Center, wouldn't add enough to significantly impact the surrounding streets, City Administrator Mike Yanez said approval of the project would mean the city would continue to look at how the streets could be affected and how improvements might be financed.

City Attorney Jerry Cooley urged the Council to approve the plan with the caveat of a written agreement not to protest a benefit district for streets, sewer, gutters and the like. Even though existing neighbors could be included in such a benefit district, Cooley said public hearings and other procedural elements would be required before such a decision could be made.

Cooley said an approved benefit district could shrink in size, but he said it couldn't be increased after approval.

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