City Council Votes on
Thursday, Dec 5th 3:00 26th Floor

NON-CONFORMING LOTS - PROPOSED CHANGES

KCMO ORDINANCE 190506

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KCMO ORDINANCE 190506

WHAT IS IT?

City Planning and Development has put forth an ordinance to allow development on tiny lots throughout Kansas City. This proposed ordinance would undermine current lot width and zoning standards that many neighborhoods worked hard to get in our current zoning code. The proposed ordinance will affect the entire city, with many residents across the city seeing houses built 2.5ft away from their homes. 

The Full Council Will Be Voting on Ordinance 190506 on 
Thursday, December 5 3:00, 26th Floor City Hall

In the videos below, we walk you through why the proposed ordinance is not going to work well for many neighborhoods in Kansas City.

UPDATE on ORDINANCE 190506

WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM?

Who's the woman in the video?

Lauren Thompson was surprised to find out that her neighbor’s side yard had been sold off to be developed with a large house that was going to be built very close to her home. She learned this was not allowed under the current law in Kansas City and appealed the approval of the building permit to the Board of Zoning Adjustment.  The Board applied the current law and unanimously reversed the approval of the permit. In response, City Planning and Development introduced Ordinance 190506 to change the law. 

In addition to the project next to Lauren’s home, there were similar developments proposed elsewhere in her neighborhood that were of concern to other neighbors. These projects were stopped, but they eventually proceeded after the neighbors and developers worked together to modify the project. This is exactly the way development should happen in neighborhoods and is why Lauren is advocating for neighborhoods to maintain a voice in development projects throughout Kansas City.

Curious how Ordinance 190506 will affect Kansas City?

Nashville passed a similar ordinance. Here's how it's going:

  • Increased fire risk for residents and firefighters
  • Displacement under the guise of 'revitalization'
  • Demolition of homes in historic neighborhoods​

Firefighter: "Tall and Skinny" Homes Are An Increased Fire Risk

Tall and skinny homes change how Nashville crews fight fires

'Tall skinny' takeover: Which Nashville neighborhoods are doubling up after demolition

West Nashville homeowner sends another message to developers

KCMO ORDINANCE 190506

WHAT CAN I DO?

Contact your City Council Member and the Mayor

Email or call - we have a blurb for you.

Contact Your Neighborhood Association

Let them know your opinions on the matter.

Leave Feedback on KCMO.gov

Write your own thoughts or copy/paste our blurb.

Show Up for the Council Meeting

Dec 5th 3:00
26th Floor

Contact BOTH of your City Council Members and Mayor Lucas

Email or call - we have a blurb for you.

Dear Council Member,

I am writing you today to ask that you Reject Ordinance 190506. This ordinance was last heard on November 13 by the Joint Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee and the Special Committee on Housing Policy.

This ordinance has been heard on multiple occasions and public testimony has been overwhelmingly against this ordinance with people presenting a wide range of concerns. Staff was specifically directed to not allow for this type of development in the Westside neighborhood, or other established neighborhoods. Yet, here we are with a substitute ordinance that applies to the entire city and fails to address the public’s concerns. 

The recent update to the ordinance made by staff on November 12, less than 24 hours before the next council meeting, does not address these concerns and is unacceptable. It is essentially the same ordinance. I urge you to listen to public feedback and reject the ordinance. Please continue to direct staff to work on overlays to allow this type of development where it is wanted and needed and where it will not have devastating effects on existing homeowners. 

Thank you,
Your name
Your address

Find Your Council Members.

(* indicates NPD or Housing Policy member)

1st District

Heather Hall
heather.hall@kcmo.org
markus.smith@kcmo.org
816-513-6505

Kevin O’Neill*
kevin.oneill@kcmo.org
diana.radzevich@kcmo.org
816-513-6503

2nd District

Teresa Loar*
teresa.loar@kcmo.org
lisa.minardi@kcmo.org
816-513-6507

Dan Fowler*
dan.fowler@kcmo.org
amy.justis@kcmo.org
816-513-6509

3rd District

Brandon Ellington*
brandon.ellington@kcmo.org
deitra.johnson@kcmo.org
816-513-6511

Melissa Robinson
melissa.robinson@kcmo.org
marquis.everett@kcmo.org
816-513-6513

4th District

Katheryn Shields
katheryn.sheilds@kcmo.org
leshyeka.roland@kcmo.org
816-513-6515

Eric Bunch
eric.bunch@kcmo.org
crissy.dastrup@kcmo.org
816-513-6515

5th District

Lee Barnes, Jr.*
lee.barnes@kcmo.org
keema.mccoy@kcmo.org
816-513-6519

Ryana Parks-Shaw*
ryana.parks-shaw@kcmo.org
angela.pearson@kcmo.org
816-513-6521

6th District

Andrea Bough*
andrea.bough@kcmo.org
katrina.foster@kcmo.org
816-513-6523

Kevin McManus
kevin.mcmanus@kcmo.org
fred.wickham@kcmo.org
816-513-6525

Contact mayor Q, too

Mayor Quinton Lucas
MayorQ@kcmo.org
816-513-3500

Contact Your Neighborhood Association

Find your Neighborhood Association contact information below. Let them know you are concerned about this ordinance and encourage your Neighborhood Association to send a letter or email to your council members opposing Ordinance 190506.

Leave Feedback on KCMO.gov

Tell the city you are opposed to Ordinance 190506. Here are some examples of concerns you could share:

This ordinance undermines zoning standards that many neighborhoods worked hard to get.
This ordinance will incentivize developers to demolish existing homes.
This ordinance does not promote affordable housing and will increase the negative consequences of gentrification.
This ordinance allows new homes to built up to 2.5 ft away from some existing homes.
The allowed proximity of houses creates additional fire risks for residents and firefighters.

Show Up for the City Council Meeting

Dec 5th, 3:00 26th Floor City Hall

NON-CONFORMING LOTS - PROPOSED CHANGES

ORDINANCE 190506

For contact info, questions or comments please email
kcforresponsibledevelopment@gmail.com