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Olathe to consider Woodland development options

OLATHE, Kan.- Although the Olathe Planning Commission rejected two-thirds of the major development proposals, the full project will now be referred to the city council for final consideration.

Last month Olathe Planning Commission rejected 60% of the Forest Development Proposal near K-10 Highway and Woodland Road.

Clay Blair Services Corporation is requesting approval to subdivide approximately 55 acres of land for the construction of 20 new single-family homes, a luxury living facility, an apartment complex of 381 units and no space. Independent retailer.

According to city documents, city staff received 510 letters and emails protesting from residents about the proposed project.

The City Council will consider three separate proposals to develop the property. On Tuesday, the council will review the rezoning request and preliminary site plan to create the Woodland Forest Neighborhood.

The developer is requesting that 15 acres of land at 10425 South Woodland Road be subdivided from Rural County (CTY ​​RUR) into Single Family Residential (R-1) to build 20 new single-family homes and a 35,700 square foot assisted living facility .

Following a public hearing on November 8, the planning committee recommended approval of this rezoning request by January 6.

The second proposal is to redistribute approximately 34 acres from Rural County (CTY ​​RUR) to Family Low Density (R-3) to create a 381-unit apartment complex north of the Proposed single family home.

Kansas requires property owners within 200 feet of a proposed development to be notified of potential projects.

After the planning commission denied the 7-0 rezoning request, the city received 26 counter petitions against the application. All petitions opposing this division of the zone are considered invalid because the property owner lives outside the 200-foot boundary.

The proposal would require a 2/3 vote (five members in favor) of the Olathe City Council to pass the rezoning request.

The final request would redistribute approximately four acres of land from the County Rural (CTY ​​RUR) to the Community Center District (C-2) to allow for the development of Forest Stores. The 14,000 to 21,000 square foot retail space at 10425 S Woodland Road will be used as a gas station and convenience store.

The planning committee voted 7-0 to reject the rezoning request.

After the meeting of the Planning Commission, the city received 26 objections to the application; however, the overall objection was deemed invalid as only two of the property owners who opposed the development lived within 200 feet of the zoning boundary.

According to city documents, the two valid appeals cover less than 3% of the land within the rezoning boundary. This part of the project will now require the support of at least five members of the city council to approve the zoning request.

Olathe City Council will consider all three proposals during its regular council meeting on Tuesday, December 7 at 7pm.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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