City Council Votes on
Thursday, Dec 5th 3:00 26th Floor
NON-CONFORMING LOTS - PROPOSED CHANGES
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KCMO ORDINANCE 190506
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.
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.
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KCMO ORDINANCE 190506
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.
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Lee Barnes, Jr.*
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Mayor Quinton Lucas