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4-27-16

Hwy. 45 corridor plan
gets a public viewing

hwy45 4-27-16
Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston, right, was one of a handful of people looking at drawings and other information in regard to the proposed Hwy. 45 Corridor Plan Monday evening at the South Platte YMCA.

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Public input was accepted at a proposed Highway 45 Corridor Plan open house this week.

The open house, held Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the South Platte YMCA in Parkville, provided a look at conceptual drawings of a plan for a five mile stretch of Hwy. 45 from Riss Lake on the east to I-435 on the west.

“It’s a conceptual thing. It was a recommendation of the county’s future land use plan that we do a study of Hwy. 45,” Daniel Erickson, planning and zoning director for Platte County, said Tuesday.

He said the corridor plan is a recommendation on aesthetics, the landscaping along the corridor, signage, etc. It is a long range, shared plan between the county and the City of Parkville, he explained.

“The plan is to coordinate policy as it relates along the corridor as far as development and redevelopment and how those things would relate to the highway,” Erickson said. “Once we set the plan, it becomes one of our planning documents and the policy will be in place.”

A steering committee has been guiding the development of the plan. Erickson said the next step is to go back to the steering committee to finalize the plan and then take it before the Platte County Planning and Zoning Commission for adoption.

Turnout for Monday’s open house appeared sparse. At around 5:30 p.m., only a few citizens were viewing the drawings and displays in the room, and one of those was Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston.

Public input will be allowed again, Erickson said, when the proposal reaches the planning commission adoption stage. A public hearing in front of the planning commission will allow the opportunity for any further public input and comments.

For additional information on the study or to give comments, email Erickson at derickson@co.platte.mo.us or the community development director for Parkville at slachky@parkvillemo.gov.