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Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Neighborhood Design Standards; City Council Will Consider Final Approval on October 1

Post Date:09/12/2018

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the proposed neighborhood design standards at their meeting on Tuesday, September 11. The City Council will consider final approval of the guidelines at their October 1 council meeting.

The Planning Commission’s recommendation included some amendments to the proposed guidelines. These changes included the following:

  • Increased impervious coverage limit from 35% to 40%
  • Increased the total allowable garage height limit from 8 feet to 8 feet, 2 inches, to match ADA requirements
  • Changed the effective date from January 1, 2019 to 4 months from the date of City Council approval (which would be February 1, 2019 if approved by the Council on October 1)
  • Approved minor wording changes in regards to building massing and accessory structures

View the latest draft (not including the above amendments) here.

At the October 1 meeting, the City Council can take one of the following actions:

  1. Approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation with a simple majority vote of the governing body (including the Mayor) – 7 votes
  2. Amend or override the Planning Commission’s recommendation with a 2/3 majority vote of the governing body (including the Mayor) – 9 votes
  3. Return the recommendation to the Planning Commission for further consideration with a simple majority of the quorum present

If you have questions about the neighborhood design guidelines or the next steps in the process, please contact Jamie Robichaud, Assistant City Administrator, at jrobichaud@pvkansas.com or 913-385-4601.