Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2004

City annexes land for housing

Neighbors to discuss 35-house, 16-duplex neighborhood in Feb.

January 22, 2004

A proposed neighborhood behind the Greenway Apartments is jumping over a few hurdles before the process of getting the houses and duplexes approved can continue.
The City Council recently directed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance to annex into Eudora the more than 18 acres near Whispering Meadows and the apartments. The Council will vote on the ordinance at an upcoming meeting.
Once the land is annexed into Eudora, neighbors will have a chance to speak out on the proposal. The public hearing, originally planned for this month, will likely be part of the Eudora Planning Commission's next meeting, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
The neighborhood would add 35 single-family houses and 16 duplexes to Eudora.
During discussions in December and again this month, city officials expressed concern with several aspects of the development. Fire Chief Spencer McCabe said he worried about the length of the cul-de-sac where townhomes were proposed. McCabe said the more than 600-foot cul-de-sac could pose a hazard to residents.
In case of a fire or other emergency, the chief said it would be difficult to get trucks and other equipment through the street, especially to homes at the end of the cul-de-sac. A large number of cars parked on the street would only exacerbate the problem, he said.
McCabe said he was also concerned with the side setbacks. He said he thought 15 feet was too close and posed a fire hazard.
Plans for the neighborhood would affect a floodplain, an issue on which city leaders sought clarification. (See related story 'Floodplain Fill,' above right).

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