Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2004

Changes have planners calling public hearing

March 11, 2004

Changes to a Shadow Ridge development south of 28th Street have prompted a second public hearing on the proposed single-family and townhome development.
The Eudora Planning Commission thought developers had made enough changes since neighbors first had an opportunity to speak out about the neighborhood to warrant another public hearing, set for April 7. The Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. at Eudora City Hall.
"I want them to have the opportunity to respond to this," said Planning Commission member Richard Campbell.
Fellow Commission member Rose House said she wanted to hear what neighbors had to say about the plan that Commission member Ken Adkinson said was different than what they saw in the first public hearing.
Although the plan includes two fewer townhomes than what had been previously approved, Phil Struble of Landplan Engineering said developers were in the process of applying for a floodplain fill permit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Filling in the floodplain would mean higher density and less of the green space the commission coveted.
The townhomes, Struble said, were intended to be owner-occupied, with lawn care and other services provided.
"This is a great development to do it in," Struble said. "This is the kind of neighborhood you need to have happen."
Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen said he envisioned the townhomes drawing young, busy professionals who wanted services like lawn care and snow shoveling taken care of.
"I think this is a development that offers a totally different lifestyle than exists in the community today," von Achen said. "I don't want to see us become homogenous."However, the Commission had other concerns with the neighborhood, such as the uncertainty as to what type of development would surround it, and the state of 28th Street, which is yet to be upgraded.
Struble said Landplan intended to submit plans to the city of Eudora by the end of the month, with construction beginning July 2 and ending in early November.
"This development shouldn't happen without 28th Street," he said.

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