Newsletter From 8-27-02
7TH & ANN
KANSAS CITY, KS
AUGUST 29TH, 2002
Are you happy with the road conditions in your area or pleased with the increase in your BPU rates and taxes? We need to stand together as a community CITY WIDE and protest proposed zone changes at this meeting.
At the planning and zoning meeting a few weeks ago it was approved for a spot zone change from agriculture to commercial at Hutton and Donohoo Road. Developers of private housing editions in the area, which have been great well built and planned and have brought great new neighbors. Now want COMMERCIAL ZONING IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS. The current zone request at Donohoo and Hutton Road is too close to 3 of our schools. The roads are 2 lane roads at the primary intersection to our schools. There have been too many accidents to this date in the area. What is being planned to improve our roads and major intersections to handle more traffic?
However, while these lots and homes sell for the same prices in Wyandotte Country as they do in other counties, where other counties charge a fee which is included in the price paid for the new home to help offset the impact of such developments, an IMPACT TAX. Which our County Commissioners promised to look into and implement over a year ago, and we keep hearing that something is coming soon but we have yet to see anything. Our lots cost the same but who is pocketing the money? Not the city, but the developer. So who pays for improvements? We do! The taxpayer, our BPU increases also pay for the new sewers to go in. NOT AN IMPACT TAX. Our roads need to be widened, more added in new developments as exits and re-surfacing done. We need stop lights and streetlights and sidewalks.
Our City has created a fantastic development to attract people to our city. NASCAR, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and the 400-acre tourism district as well. This is free advertising for builders to come and develop. Our commitment as city officials, and taxpayers should be to make sure the retail and development continues in this area to make it successful ALL OF US! Our taxes are being used to improve Parallel and State Avenue to attract commercial development. This is where the retail and commercial development should be.
We need to oppose SPOT ZONING in residential areas and Zone Changes for developers in Western Wyandotte County UNTIL the city has a developer's fee in place. Developers should take pride in the area by helping to contribute their fair share for new infrastructure of roads and services and to provide safety for our families.
OPPOSE SPOT ZONING FOR COMMERCIAL AT DONOHOO AND HUTTON ROADS.
CALL THE MAYOR AND COMMISSIONERS BUT MOST OF ALL ATTEND THIS MEETING.