Alright #kcmo, we had City Plan Commission today and it went fairly smoothly. Here's the docket. I'm going to start with the cases we heard and decided first so I don't lose y'all and then finish up with the housekeeping.…
The first case was docket items 1.1 and 1.2 for the "Offices at Overlook" at 2801 Swope Parkway. This is a Community Builders development. The cases were a request to change to Swope Area Plan from "Commercial" to "Urban Redevelopment" and rezone to "Urban Redevelopment."
The reason for the changes was this would qualify them for Planned Industrial Expansion Authority incentives, which require the UR zoning. The development will eventually include multi-family, office, and mixed-use.
Community Builders does a good job with the projects we have seen thus far. The parking is kept internal to the site and they utilize good connections in their larger developments.
The big question was about the addition of a traffic signal at Agnes and Swope. Every one was in agreement but just wanted to get the details worked out.

There is potential to have a trail on the north side of Swope.

Both cases were recommended for approval 8-0.
Case 2 was dismissed at the recommendation of the applicant. (8-0)

And Case 3 was a re-zoning to R-80 in South KC to accommodate a daycare's increase in capacity. (recommended approval 8-0)
Different zonings allow for different capacity and types of daycares. There was an opportunity to zone it commercial but staff felt it would not be in alignment without connections to other commercial areas.

Feels like there could be some work to make daycare zoning more clear.
Case 10 was a special use permit for Concorde Career College to occupy part of the St. Joseph Medical Center just off of 435 and State Line. It was recommended approval 8-0.

The reason this was a special use permit was because it was occupying a space larger than 50,000 sq. ft.
The logic behind this is that a change in use of that scale could be affect the surrounding areas.

This one was a little unique since it was really isolated inside the medical center campus.
Case 12 - a street vacation (or giving over permanent control to a private entity) E. 23rd near Children's Mercy "to allow for the hospital to eliminate the need for certain encroachment permits & the associated ongoing fees for existing pet bridges & future building footprints."
It was recommended for approval 7-1. I was the lone "no" vote. I'll tell you why below.

cc: @QuintonLucasKC @EricWBunch
The vacations we've seen in meetings have been streets or alleys that essentially have been naturally vacated. For example, there was an old crumbling road the Bannister Complex used as a parking lot.

They've challenged my ideological view on vacations and I've been in favor.
This one, in my opinion, was substantially different.

-It connected the grid to Holmes.
-The main purpose was to avoid fees and help with zoning requests.
-Other than additional parking, nothing would be radically changed.
It seems like we can have more creative solutions and I wasn't in favor of just permanently relinquishing a public street that people actually use to a private entity.

I voted no and I hope City Council takes a good look at this one.
And there was another vacation, Case 13. I voted for this one along with everyone else.

But it was much different.

The VA hospital wants to build a short-term housing facility for families being treated (i.e. Ronald McDonald House model).
The vacation was for a "on paper" alleyway in blue.
There were some concerned neighbors who didn't know what the request was for and were really worried about what was going to happen to their homes.

A good reminder that our decisions and the cases can always be better communicated and do potentially affect people who care!
And for the housekeeping!

All items noted on the docket were continued to the date noted except Item 6 which will be continued to the 20th of October instead of the 6th.

Consent Items C2, C3, and C6 were recommended approval.

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Okay everyone. Here's an update on what went down at #KCMO City Plan Commission. The docket is here:…
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Hey #kcmo friends, I know there are more pressing issues & #blacklivesmatter protests & responses are rightfully taking most of everyone's energy but we had the City Plan Commission meeting today. And I still think it's important to keep everyone up to date on what happened.
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