Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2007

Planners rezone possible bank site

May 10, 2007

Eudora residents could soon have a new banking option close to Kansas Highway 10 if a proposed development goes through.

James Hoover, owner of Kaw Valley State Bank, and his son, Jimmy, completed the first step in the development process May 2 at the regular meeting of the Eudora Planning Commission.

The present commissioners voted unanimously to rezone a 2.6-acre parcel of land between Locust and Church streets from residential to commercial. The property borders 13th Street on the north and 14th Street on the south. Jimmy Hoover said he and his father plan to put a drive-through bank on the property.

The city's planning consulting firm, Bucher Willis & Ratliff, recommended approval of the rezoning, consultant Julie Hurley said.

It would be appropriate for lower intensity commercial uses, she said.

Less than 10 people gathered to comment on the zoning change during the public hearing.

During the hearing, Ray Wingebach said he was concerned about potential traffic the development could draw.

"Have you thought about the congestion that would be there at that corner?" Ray Wingebach said. "It is terrible right now. If you open somethingike that up it's going to be twice as bad."

Jim Guy raised a concern about residents on the west side of the property.

"They've got a lot of houses right along there," Guy said. "I don't know that they would like that if they had a business right across the street from them."

Dorothy Wingebach brought up a third concern. She said she was worried about the impact on Locust Street.

"A lot of children use that street to walk up to school, rather than Elm Street because it's so busy," Dorothy Wingebach said.

Jimmy Hoover later said traffic from the property wouldn't have access to Locust Street.

Commissioner Richard Campbell said he wasn't surprised by the request.

It made sense given the commercial properties located nearby, he said.

"I think it's long been assumed in town that some day it would be commercial property, we just didn't know when," Campbell said.

The Hoovers requested commercial zoning would fit a low-density business, planning commissioner Rose House said.

"I think a drive-up-to bank would be a lot more low impact than a fast food establishment would ever be," House said.

Campbell agreed it would be limited as to what could be placed on the property.

"There would be a lot of protection of the surrounding area and neighborhood," Campbell said.

After the commission accepted the zoning change, Campbell invited public comment for each future step in the development process.

Commissioner Ken Adkinson was absent. Commission chair Kurt von Achen excused himself from the conversation following the public hearing citing a conflict of interest.

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