The Raytown Board of Aldermen may be headed down a slippery slope that could have negative impacts on property values if they follow recent recommendations of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.
Just east of Blue Ridge Elementary is 2.1 acres of undeveloped land. About ten years ago, the Raytown Board of Aldermen approved a plan that called for single family (low density) housing on the land. It was a good, logical move. The property to the north is zoned single family, as is the property to the south and west.
To the east is the entrance to Downtown Raytown. Blue Ridge Boulevard and 63rd Street meet at this intersection.
At its last meeting the Raytown Planning and Zoning Commission
voted to change zoning of the property to multi-family. Multi-family (high density) allows for construction of apartments.
The plans call for the building of 24 town homes on the property.
The problem is that what is one man’s town home is another man’s apartment complex. Town home is not a legal term and can literally mean whatever the speaker wants it to
mean. It is also leaves the final plan or project open to change. At the meeting the developer told Planning and Zoning Commission that the units will be connected.
Sounds more and more like an apartment complex than a town home, doesn’t it?
In other words, once the flood gate is opened, all of the water is allowed through. Plans could be changed as long as city building code requirements are met. A good example
of this is the stalled Crescent Creek development. The original plan called for some innovative housing concepts throughout the development. But then the housing market collapsed. The original developers of the property sold off their interests and new plans were brought forward by the new owners.
All of which is perfectly legal. But it does point out that the good wishes and plans of any developer can and do change.
The Raytown Board of Aldermen should send the recommendation for “high density housing” back to the Planning and Zoning Commission with instructions to create a more clear definition of what is to be built.
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