After 25 local businesses were visited by the
Chamber of Commerce to gather their input and
concerns about Platte City, various members and
guests gathered at the February chamber luncheon
to hear recommendations of their peers.
Representatives from the City of Platte City,
Aquila, the Platte County R-3 School District,
Platte County Government, and the chamber all
came together to address the issues.
City hall was the first entity to take center
stage, addressing numerous concerns. However,
with no time limitation set to address those numerous
concerns, city hall staff became the only individuals
able to address the issues.
Some of the key issues outlined under city hall
in the chambers business outreach action
plan were: signage regulations, city hall not
being business friendly to potential developers,
affordable housing, and traffic issues.
In addressing the concerns regarding the signage
ordinances in Platte City, City Administrator
Keith Moody acknowledged how the placement of
signs can be a powerful issue for business owners.
Signage is one thing that can raise the
hair on the back of a business owners neck,
Moody said the current sign ordinance allows
for 10% of each side of a business to be used
Signage is a reflection of the community,
stated Moody. Its how you approach
the signage issue, depends on how much bang you
get for you money.
For a while, the staff at city hall has been
accused of trying to keep new businesses out of
Platte City. Moody set out to dispel that image
of city hall during the luncheon, stating that
theyre just upholding the regulations the
citizens wanted in place.
Its not that were opposed to
new businesses coming to town, said Moody.
Its sometimes hard for the developers
to get their arms around the zoning ordinances,
The zoning ordinance document was established
by the citizens of Platte City and adopted by
the people who were elected to sit on the board
of aldermen. Those ordinances reflect the changing
opinions of our citizens of Platte City, the planning
and zoning committee and the members of the board
of aldermen. They arent the reflections
of the staff, but the reflections of the community.
Moody told the businesses present at last Thursdays
luncheon, that if anyone doesnt like the
current zoning ordinances, city hall isnt
the place to go to make those thoughts known.
If anyone doesnt like the document,
then they need to approach the community, not
the city, said Moody.
Another issue of concern that was raised for
city hall was the need to work towards compliance
with housing goals, as set forth by the Economic
Moody pointed out that in the 2000 census, the
average cost of a single family home in Platte
City was $111,500.
Platte City sure does have adequate, affordable
housing, said Moody.
Traffic issues were a major concern also outlined
by business owners.
Platte City Police Chief Joe McHale stated the
city has seen more traffic accidents and congestions
with its continued growth.
While he acknowledged the problem of continued
congestion, McHale said he was proud to report
that his department has been able to reduce the
amount of traffic accidents by 35% over last year.
As traffic continues to be a key concern for
everyone in the city, McHale suggested as more
areas across the city become a hazard to make
the department aware so they can analyze those
The City of Platte City, Aquila, the R-3 School
District, Platte County Government, and the Chamber
of Commerce, will confront the remaining issues
at the March Chamber of Commerce luncheon.