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Story by Susan Roberts, special to eudorareporter.com
At next month’s Eudora Planning Commission meeting, the public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed zoning text amendment that would simplify and clarify the process for site plan submissions.
Scott Michie, a planning consultant for the city, reviewed highlights of the proposal for the Planning Commission at Wednesday’s meeting. The plan has been in the works for several months, and the commission voted unanimously to advance it to a public hearing at the Oct. 2 meeting. Commissioner Glenn Bartlett was absent.
According to a memorandum prepared by Michie, key provisions of the proposal would eliminate preliminary site plans in favor of a single site plan review process; would make edits and additions of site plan submission requirements, including more detailed analysis of stormwater management needs and solutions; and allow city staff to review and approve minor site plans for non-residential projects.
Applicants would meet with city staff when submitting a project. Staff will review the projects for compliance before presenting them to the planning commission.
Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen noted that in the past, Eudora didn’t have the staff to review projects as it does now, and said he favored the new division of labor. Unlike many area cities that leave site plan work entirely to staff, however, von Achen said he was not ready to relinquish the commission’s role in approving plans.
“Now we have staff and can rely on them, but we still get to check and see that the staff did the job,” von Achen said.
Notice of the public hearing will be published in mid-September, and the site plan document will be made available for public review at that time. Copies of the plan will be available in Codes Administrator Curt Baumann’s office at City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
Also at the Oct. 2 meeting, a public hearing will be held for the annual review of the city’s comprehensive plan. There have been no major revisions or proposals this year, so the annual review, required by state law, was characterized as more of a perfunctory update.
In other business Wednesday:
• The commission unanimously approved a plat change for property owned by Danny Shockley and located between 15th and 16th streets and Maple and Elm streets. The property was split into two lots and needed planning commission approval because the lot had been split once before and required a replat to be divided again. Shockley said he had no plans at this time to develop the property.
• Baumann presented a report on building activity in the city for the month of August, showing that 17 permits worth more than $378,000 were issued. The majority of projects were remodeling or addition projects on single-family residences.
• No new nameplates will be needed following election of officers: von Achen retains his position as chairman and Richard Campbell was approved to continue as vice-chairman.