Last Published: 10/8/2007 8:23:47 AM
KANSAS CITY COUNCIL RECORD
 
Upon Roll Call the following members were present:
Present:3 - ROBERT HERNANDEZ, CHUCK WEBER, CHARLES HAZLEY
 

900664
Amending Chapter 65, Revised Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri, 1956, commonly known as the Zoning Ordinance, is hereby amended by enacting a new section to be known as Section 65.010A2350, rezoning an area generally located east of State Line Road, south of 39th Street, west of Southwest Trafficway, and north of Westport Road from District R-2b (two-family dwelling) to District R-2a (two- family dwelling - low density).


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
Councilman Hernandez abstained on this ordinance. Bob Langenkamp, City Development Department, stated this ordinance requests a change in zoning in the south Volker neighborhood area. The South Volker Neighborhood Plan was adopted by the City Council in November, 1989. The plan specifically called for this change in zoning. George Nierzelle, President of Volker Neighborhood Association, stated this proposed rezoning has been publicized in the neighborhood newsletter for several months. The residents are in favor of this zoning change. Virginia Tolbert, speaking on behalf of her mother who is a landowner in the area, asked if her mother will be able to continue her rental property. Patty Elbert, City Development Department, stated that if the landowner is legally using the property now, then they can apply for a Certificate of Legal Non-Conforming Use so they can continue renting their duplex. Kathy Hauser, Law Department, stated that staff needs to research properties that do not have 6,000 sq. ft. to see if they were granted variences in the past to operate duplexes and therefore be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Non-conforming Uses. Chuck Weber suggested this be held on week so the staff could find out exactly how many properties will have to apply for certificates in the area.

900803
Repealing Section 1 of Ordinance No. 900391, designating the Simpson-Yeomans/Country Side District Expansion a historic landmark, by enacting in lieu thereof a new Section 1 of like subject to correct a clerical error in the legal description.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Lisa Lassman Brisco, Landmark's Commission, stated this ordinance would correct a clerical error in Section 1, Paragraph 2 of Ordinance 900391.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900859
Approving the plat of Blue Ridge Landing, an addition in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; accepting various easements; establishing grades on public ways, authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute certain agreements, and authorizing the City Clerk to file this ordinance and attached agreement.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Don Palmer, Public Works Department, stated this ordinance would approve the plat of Blue Ridge Landing. The area has been check by city engineers and has been approve by CPC. The staff recommends approval. The applicant was not present. John Sharp received a letter from the applicant requesting this ordinance be advanced so the foundation could be poured.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900862
RESOLUTION - Establishing the Union Hill Special Business District.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "BE ADOPTED"
Bob Langenkamp, City Development Department, stated this Resolution would appoint membership to the Board of Commissioners for the Union Hill Special Business District. The composition of the Board of Commissioners is established by state statute. The list of nominees was forwarded by the Mayor's Office.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900865
Authorizing the Director of City Development to enter into an agreement with the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation and the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority; estimating revenues in the amount of $450,000.00; authorizing expenditures for appraisal, environmental analysis, acquisition, relocation, and demolition of property for Hospital Hill Phase II in the amount of $450,000.00; and recognizing an emergency.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
Robert Collins, City Development Department, requested this ordinance be held one week so staff could meet with Truman Medical Center and resolve some final details of the contract.

900866
(Sub.)
Approving the plat of University Park, First Plat, an addition in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; accepting and releasing various easements; establishing grades on public ways; authorizing the Director of Public Works and Director of City Development, respectively, to execute certain agreements, and authorizing the City Clerk to file this ordinance and attached agreement.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
Don Palmer, Public Works Department, stated this is a companion to Ordinance 900786. Mr. Palmer requested these ordinances be held one week. Aaron March, representing the applicant, requested these ordinances be heard today. John Eckardt, City Development Department, stated Ordinance 900786 deals with the preliminary plat for University Park for the construction of the Technology, Research and Office complex. This site was not rezoned because the property is owned by the University of Missouri and is not subject to local zoning and other regulatory ordinances. Several people appeared at the CPC hearing to oppose the Phase I underground parking facility at the Northwest corner of the site because they felt it is too large. The staff has not received a building plan for this and the staff is not sure what is constituted for the building. This preliminary plat only deals with right of ways and set backs at this time. CPC recommended approval subject to conditions. Aaron March stated the issues of which buildings go where and what they will look like don't come before the committee at this time because this is property that is being developed under special legislation through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. March showed slides of the site and gave some general backround information of the plan. March, also presented a drawing showing the final garage construction with trees for screening. The applicants have pledged to the Rockhill Homes Association that they will continue to work with them so they will have a substantial role in determining the lighting that goes inside of the garage. The lighting will be sheilded as much as possible from the outside. Jerry Riffel, representing Kaiser Permanente, requested the preliminary plat be advanced and passed. The legal require- ments of the plat have been fulfilled. Cheryl Dilard, Kaiser Permente, stated the University Park is a great location for their specialty center. There will be a natural relationship with UMKC that goes back to 1983. The pharmacy students have worked in Kaiser pharmacies since then. Kaiser has also been part of UMKC Bloch School of Business and Public Administration program. Richard Oar, President of the Rockhill Homes Association, stated Kaiser, Contental and UMKC have been negotiating in good faith. Many homes in the area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the Business Park Development was planned in 1987, the Homes Association supported it. Now the Association is requesting the preliminary plat not be approved because it departs from the original 1987 plan. Several people in the audience stood in opposition to this plan. Some of the reasons to deny this plan are the Homes Association was not given above ground parking structures. The first building is 3 times bigger than the original planned the original mall has been cut back 25%. Last, Kaiser is not the type of tenent the Research Park was intended to house. It would be a medical office building located on tax free land. Because it will be a medical office building, it will require 5 times the parking space as a research facility. Mr. Oar presented several letters stating opposition to the preliminary plan. The letters are on file in the City Clerk's Office. Russell Baker, Former President and current resident of the Rockhill Homes Associations, stated the applicant said that there were a number of public meetings held. While this is true, there were no meetings prior to the public ceremony and announcement of this plan on October 29. Since then the Association and City Plan Commission initiated meetings with the neighborhood and the developer. Baker said they are in favor of development on this site and of the University Park concept. However, they are opposed to this application, this tenent and what this tenent is trying to do at this location. In exchange for neighborhood support, the developer and UMKC said all parking would be underground. Baker submitted a response letter from the developer stating the parking will be underground and that there may be some The Association has no problem with the surface parking as long as it is only temporary. The Association doesn't think Kaiser is a proper tenent with Menorah Hospital so close. Hospital based specialists will use the medical building built on tax free land in University Park. This plan should be denied. Marshall Miller, member of the Rockhill Homes Association, stated he is opposed to this project. This proposed plan is very different from the original plan submitted in 1987. This project is like the medical office building and the 1,000 space parking garage just completed at St. Luke's Hospital. He said there is no relationship between Kaiser and the University and that Kaiser wants to build it on this tax free land to save money. Whitney Kerr, resident of the area, stated his house is approximately 250 ft. north of the proposed Kaiser building. He supported the proposed building as long as the parking structure was to be completely below ground. Kerr said office parks can exist next to residential areas if the buildings don't get too large. This plan has far too much density for the area and the parking should be below grade. Also, Kaiser and UMKC should stick to the original plan presented three years ago. Jan Graves, speaking on behalf of 12 other people, stated there is public outcry of this plan. It is a bigger problem that just a parking garage in an Historic neighbor- hood. UMKC should not allow Kaiser to build an office building on tax free land. This should be for research based tenents. Kaiser is the first and only tenent so far in the Research Park. Kaiser is not research based and the parking garage will take up most of the park's green space. The Neighbors resent using tax free land for ordinary commercial development. Mrs. Graves spoke for Dennis Owens an attorney of ethics at the Dental School, who is in opposition to this plan.

900867
Calling an election on March 26, 1991, to submit to the electors of Kansas City an Amendment to the Charter of Kansas City adopted February 24, 1925, as amended, providing that all twelve council members be elected from districts, and recognizing this ordinance to be an emergency.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
The sponsor of this ordinance was not available. Richard Tolbert, former member of the City Council, spoke in favor of this ordinance. The 12-0 plan would better serve the people. Many people don't vote because they feel their vote will not make a difference. This ordinance would get more people out to vote. Smaller more personal districts would encourage more citizen participation and greater citizen paticipation will lead to better government. Chuck Weber presented a committee substitute calling for 14 district council people instead of 12. John Sharp stated that at-large elections have kept the average person from running for office. The districts are so large that it is too expensive to run for office without large groups and companies backing the candidate. Mr. Sharp supports the 12 district proposal.

900868
Approving the plat of Stoneridge Square Second Plat, an addition in Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri; accepting various easements; and authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute certain agreements on behalf of the City.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Don Palmer, Public Works Department, stated this ordinance will approve the plat of Stoneridge Square 2nd Plat. It has been approved by CPC and city engineers have checked the grades and closures. The staff recommends approval. John Litch, representing the applicant, requested this plat be advanced and passed.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900644
Approving the plat of Evangelical Children's Home, an addition in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; recommending grades on public ways; authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute certain agreements, and authorizing the City Clerk to file this ordinance and attached agreement.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "DO PASS"
Don Palmer, Public Works Department, stated this was held because the applicant was not present at last weeks meeting. The applicant was not present today either.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900741
Approving the plat of Taber-Chalmers Addition, an addition in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri; accepting various easements; recommending grades on public ways; authorizing the Director of Public Works to execute certain agreements, and authorizing the City Clerk to file this ordinance and attached agreement.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "ADVANCE AND DO PASS"
Don Palmer, Public Works Department, stated this was held because the applicant was not present. Fred Burns, representing the applicant, requested this matter be advanced and passed.
Ayes: 3 - Weber, Hernandez, Hazley
Nays: 0

900758
Amending a previously approved preliminary plan in District R-5-p on a 2.1 acre tract of land bounded by Walrond and College Avenues and 22nd and 23rd Streets. (8326-P-1)


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD ON AGENDA"
Bill Hartman, City Development Department, stated there was a presentation of this ordinance last week. It was held at the request of the committee to allow the applicant time to work with the neighbors to resolve the issues associated with this project. Renee Deechman, Renaissance West, stated they went door to door and attempted to meet with people through several ministries in the area. Letters were mailed to the neighbors addressing the concerns of the neighbors and again they went door to door. The neighbors were invited to an open house at the present location and transportation was available for thoses who needed it. No one from the neigh- borhood came to the open house. Over fifty percent of the clients are from the center city area. Aaron March, representing the applicant, stated that potential clients that are from the area are given priority over any other potential clients. March requested this ordinance be advanced and passed so the sale of the property could be closed. Mark Kerr, attorney from Independence, spoke in favor of this ordinance. Kerr has worked closely with clients of Renaissance West. This is a reliable and structured facility and very effective at offering help to those who need it. Kerr has a son who is a client of Renaissance West. Kerr said this is a battle line for the war on drugs and the only way to win the war is by treatment. Renaissance West has been providing this needed treatment for over 21 years. Tom Redmon, Chairman of the Board of Good Shephard Manor, stated the opposition is because no one wants a recovering addict in their neighborhood. The people suggest Renaissance West find a building that is already zoned to meet the needs of R.W. and the Good Shaphard Manor is zoned to meet the need of R.W. Redmond said the clients of R.W. are our brothers and they deserve a place to live and recover. He also requested this ordinance be advanced. Mark Tilford, resident of the area, stated several reasons to allow R. W. to operate a facility at this location. These reasons include: a proven track record in addressing drug and alcohol addiction; they are established in the community; there are no demands for community funds; they open doors for citizens to become productive people; they present no threat to neighbors where they reside. Several people stood in support of this ordinance. Kathy Hauser stated that restrictions stating no methedone or outpatient treatment at this site can be attached to the proposed plan. Herman Dockhorn, resident of the area, spoke in opposition. There are 14 sites in the neighborhood that have similar uses to this proposed plan. Also, the property values will go lower than they are now. Dockhorn suggested using Hospital Hill or old General Hospital for this treatment center. Harold Soulet, resident within 185 feet of the proposed site, stated that many of the people who spoke in favor of this ordinance do not live within 185 feet of the site. There was a petition of protest signed by 32% of the property owners in the area. Soulet requested the committee deny this application.

900786
(Sub.)
Approving the preliminary plat of University Park on 41.98 acres, bounded on the north by the Rockhill Historic District, the west by Volker Park at Locust Avenue, the south by Brush Creek, and the east by Troost Avenue.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
See Ordinance 900866 for comments.

900844
RESOLUTION - Expressing the intent of the Council to expand the boundaries of the Kansas City, Missouri Enterprise Zone.


PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE recommends "HOLD OFF AGENDA"
Richard DeHart, City Development Department, presented a committee substitute for this resolution. Chairman Hernandez suggested a working session is needed to discuss this plan in detail. Terry Dunne, Vice Chairman of the Economic Development Corporation and President of J. E. Dunne Construction Co., stated the existing Enterprise Zone is not working. Since 1985 more jobs have been lost than gained within the zone. The expanded zone will create more jobs within an easy drive for zone residents. The expansion of the zone will allow Kansas City to become much more competative so there won't be the out migration of jobs from Kansas City, Missouri. Phil Mann, Hunt Midwest, stated he is in support of the expansion of the Enterprise Zone. Not only will it include Hunt Midwest but a significant portion of industrial based real estate. Dale Shultie, President of River Market Venture, spoke in favor of the expansion of the Enterprise Zone. This would be a positive to get businesses to bring their employees and tax dollars to the River Market Area. Robert Steinbach, Manager of the Central Industrial District Association, stated he spoke last week about the competition of other areas on taxes, utilities and earnings tax. The Enterprise Zone will make Kansas City, Missouri more competative with nearby cities, expecially in the industrial cresent. John Patrick, President of the Blue Valley Association, spoke in favor of the expansion of the Enterprise Zone. Part of the Blue Valley area is in the exisiting zone and this has been very helpful in trying to attract and retain businesses in the area. Rod Lamoth, Midwest Terminal Warehouse and past president of the Northeast Industrial Association and current Treasurer of the Industrial Cresent of Kansas City, spoke in favor of the resolution. This will allow the existing industrial areas to rebuild. The zone gives incentives for businesses to expand and build within the zone. Lloyd Lundy, Secretary of the Northeast Industrial Assoc., spoke in favor of the Enterprise Zone. Some businesses have left Kansas City because of a better deal on the Kansas side Robert Cushman, President of Armco Steel, spoke in favor of this resolution. Armco supports development in this area. Tom Rickman, Regional Manager for Government Affairs for Marion/Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals and a Councilman from Excelsior Springs, stated that without the Enterprise Zone, the American Italian Pasta Company would not be located in Excelsior Sprins nor in Missouri. Rickman strongly supports the Enterprise Zone expansion. Dale Bromerick, John Deere Company, spoke in favor of expanding the Enterprise Zone. This will increase the desirability for growth and expansion in these areas.