Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2007

De Soto, county studies converge on 95th St.

December 20, 2007

Two different efforts starting early next year will do much to determine the future De Soto's southern fringe.

In January, the city of De Soto will start work on a future land use plan for 95th Street corridor from Kill Creek Road to Lexington Avenue.

At its Tuesday meeting, De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt told the De Soto Planning Commission that effort would coincide with a Johnson County Public Works study to more precisely define the future route of a arterial north-south route along a Kill Creek Road/Homestead Lane alignment approved in the County Arterial Road Network Plan.

Brungardt said county officials expected to name an engineering firm to do that study in January.

The city will be able take their findings and incorporate them into its corridor study, Brungardt said.

The two studies link because of the need to redesign the intersection of Kill Creek Road and 95th Street when the CARNP north-south corridor is realigned about a quarter mile to the west.

De Soto planning director Linda Bohnsack said the city's 95th Street corridor study would employ the same process used two years ago when the city developed a new land use plan for its western growth area.

That three-month process included an open house, public hearings and informational meetings with residents and stakeholders. The result was updated land-use maps for an area south of Kansas Highway 10 and west of Lexington Avenue to Evening Star Road and the area west of Sunflower Road to Evening Star Road north of the highway.

The tentative schedule for the 95th Street corridor study starts with a joint Jan. 31 meeting of the planning commission and city council. That will be followed with a Feb. 13 open house at De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th Street.

The open house will feature displays such as an aerial view of the 95th Street corridor, and maps of utility lines, zoning and the current comprehensive plan land uses. In addition, city staff will be on hand to answer questions. Brungardt said he expected invitations to the open house would be sent to property owners on the corridor.

The next step will be a March 4 joint workshop of the planning commission and city council.

The planning commission is scheduled to consider update land use maps March 25 and the council April 3.

Brungardt said the concurrent studies would benefit the city because it could use the findings of the CARNP study.

City officials have expressed opposition to the county's proposed redesign of the Kill Creek/95th Street intersection that would curve the east-west 95th Street to the north through what is seen as prime property for future development.

Construction of the north-south CARNP corridor will be driven by need and county public works officials have said it could be as much as a decade off.

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