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Draft land-use map consistent with origins

April 24, 2008

As envisioned in a draft land-use plan released Tuesday, the area south of Kansas Highway 10 east of Lexington Avenue will one day be flanked by parkland and home to a commercial district at its Kill Creek Road core.

In that, the draft map city engineer Mike Brungardt presented to the De Soto Planning Commissioners reflected those developed at two workshops conducted the past two months. At those sessions, planning commissioners, city staff and residents and stakeholders in the study area worked to develop future land uses for the 1,650 acres bounded by Lexington Avenue on the west, 99th Street on the south, Cedar Creek on the east and K-10 on the north.

"Obviously, the land-use map is coming together with a fair amount of consensus," Planning Commission Chairman Kevin Honomichl said Tuesday.

All the maps developed in the workshops started with coloring the 95th Street/Kill Creek Road intersection red for commercial and surrounded that with various amounts of pink for mixed use develop - a designation that allows commercial, business park and multi-residential uses.

The draft map would set aside about 125 acres around that key intersection for commercial uses and another 250 acres surrounding that as mixed use.

Brungardt said the job of creating a single map was made easier because of consensus developed in the workshop mapmaking exercises. And like the earlier maps, the present parkland on Kill Creek is preserved and other steeply sloped or bottomland acreage along that creek and Cedar Creek to the east are preserved as parkland. Indeed, the nearly 450 acres set aside for parkland in the study area exceeds any other single use.

The draft map would preserve all current large-lot subdivisions in the study area to low-density residential of no more than one homes per acre. That area that could be served by city sewers in the future was designated low-to-moderate residential of one to three homes per acre, Brungardt said.

The map did include about 50 acres of high density, or multi-family, residential along the western slopes of Kill Creek. Its inclusion was one of the details Brungardt asked planning commissioners to consider for their May 25 meeting.

He also asked for consideration of a change in designation of an area south of the study area east of Kill Creek Road. The area in the unincorporated Johnson County is presently designated an urban service area, which limits residential development to lots of 10 acres or more, to rural policy area that allows lots sizes of 5 acres.

Planning commissioners agreed there was no reason to make the change because larger lots are more easily subdivided in the future.

A question presented throughout what has been called the 95th Street corridor study was the future route envisioned in Johnson County's County Arterial Network Plan for an north-south arterial on a new roadway a quarter-mile west of Kill Creek and the proposed dog leg near 95th Street to connect Kill Creek to that alignment.

The county commission adopted a 400-foot possible corridor of that alignment in 2001, and the county is currently working to further define that future route. That study should be completed in early summer.

Planning Commissioner Roger Templin said the city's commercial options would benefit if the dog leg was farther south than 95th Street, but agreed with other planning commissioners the land-use plan needed to move ahead without consideration of that future route.

"I think pushing back on the CARNP plan is outside of what we are doing," he said. "I think we should push back on the CARNP plan."

The planning commission will consider the map again May 25 at a meeting that will include a public hearing on the topic.

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