Saturday, June 16, 2007
Group Home Decision to have Immediate Effect on Raytown Neighborhoods
A recent ruling by a Federal Judge in Kansas City, Missouri about Raytown’s law governing distances between group homes is expected to have an immediate effect on Raytown neighborhoods. In the ruling the court stated that Raytown’s law requiring 1,200 linear feet between group homes was too restrictive. The court granted a permanent injunction barring the City of Raytown from denying licenses for group homes based on the 1,200 feet rule. The ruling is expected to have an impact on neighborhoods in Residential (R1) Zones - Nearly all of Raytown’s residents live in R1 Zoning (single family residential). According to city records there are four such homes, commonly known as group homes, in Raytown waiting for approval to open. They are located at: 8801 Gregory Boulevard 5568 Blue Ridge Boulevard 8308 Sterling Avenue 8958 East 59th Terrace Reports that another group home is expected to open up on Lake Shore Drive in the Wildwood Homes neighborhood have not been confirmed. The Raytown Board of Aldermen will hold its first meeting since the court’s ruling this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Raytown City Hall. One item open for discussion is the possible appeal of the Court’s decision. Since it is a legal matter the topic may be brought up in executive session. Executive sessions are closed to the public.