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Two new neighborhoods proposed for Eudora

September 18, 2003

Eudora residents will have a chance to speak out on two proposed neighborhoods at upcoming Eudora Planning Commission meetings.
In October, the Commission will conduct a public hearing and look at a preliminary development plan for Briarwood Estates, a development in east Eudora near Kansas Highway 10 that was pitched to the city several years ago, when townhomes proposed for the development caused controversy. This time around, the neighborhood calls for just single-family homes.
City planning consultant Sean Ackerson said issues surrounding the neighborhood included berms and landscaping as a buffer along Kansas Highway 10, as well as how those areas would be maintained. Ackerson said planning would also have to consider how the neighborhood's open space would connect with future bike trails along K-10. A current study showed the alignment of any future trails being south of K-10, Ackerson said, but connecting on the north side could be important, too.
In November, the Commission will have a public hearing for the neighborhood proposed south of Shadow Ridge. The neighborhood calls for 65 duplex lots and 22 single-family lots. That's an addition of five more single-family lots and 29 more duplex lots than in previous plans.
Ackerson said the developers' plan was to work with the areas designated as floodplains. However, Commission member Richard Campbell pointed out that the Commission previously passed preliminary plans because the city had considered the floodplain to meet the necessary greenspace requirements.
City Administrator Mike Yanez said a benefit district had been proposed to meet upgrades necessary for 28th Street.
The Planning Commission will meet Oct. 1 and Nov. 5. The meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.

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