Opposition expressed to small subdivision proposal
A rezoning request from AG (agriculture) to RE (rural
estates) by Apex Management Inc., John Pepper, brought
opposition to the proposal at Thursday's Platte County
The 65-acre tract of land under opposition involves rezoning
24 of those acres into a two lot minor subdivision into
two 12 acre lots. The proposal would involve selling those
pieces of land for the development of single family homes.
The remaining 40 acres will remain zoned AG. The area
under proposal is located along the northside of Highway
H and one mile west of intersection Highway H and P.
Aaron Schmidt, director of planning and zoning stated
that three letters of opposition were submitted to the
planning and zoning committee from neighbors surrounding
the proposed property.
Ralph Hicks, one of the opponents to the rezoning, owns
property adjoining the land to the east relayed his concerns
to the commission.
"My personal reason (for the objection) is because
I purchased my property in 1988 because it was rural and
there wasn't a lot of development in that area,"
said Hicks. "I think the request should be denied
so the area can remain a rural and ag area to keep the
density in the area to a minimum. I would ask the commission
to reconsider this application."
Jerry Cox, owner of the property to the north, spoke
to the commissioners about his concerns regarding the
remaining 40 acres of land not being rezoned.
Schmidt explained to the commissioners that there were
two options including another minor subdivision, like
the one already proposed, or a major subdivision, which
would involve dividing the area into many smaller lots,
laying down asphalted roads, creating sewer connections,
as well as meeting many other requirements in that scenario.
"Either way we'd be right back here. It would have
to come in front of the planning and zoning committee
and then back to the commission for approval," stated
Jim Farley, attorney for Pepper, informed the commission
that his client has no further intention of subdividing
the land beyond the two tracts currently proposed.
"I can guarantee that this applicant has no further
intent to subdivide," stated Farley.
Farley also pointed to several other minor subdivisions
surrounding the current proposed area. Planning and zoning
officials stated that there are at least three similar
subdivisions zoned RE within a two mile radius of the
current proposed site.
"We believe there is objective evidence in support
of our request for the proposal," said Farley.
Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone their decision
upon further review for next week's commission meeting.
The proposal was approved 10-1 by the planning and zoning
The Platte County Juvenile Services Office announced
its letter of intent to apply for the JAIBG (Juvenile
Accountability Incentive Block Grant) for fiscal year
2002-2003. It's a 10 percent matching grant from the Missouri
Department of Public Safety. This is the third year the
department will participate.
The Juvenile Services Department also announced that
Jessi Moody of North Platte Junior High was the winner
of the "Don't Choose Crime" poster contest.
The poster will be hung in the hallway entering the administration
building along with previous years winners.