neighbors work on compromise zoning deal
Compromise has been the missing link to uniting
land owner James Farley and a group of residents over
rezoning of property near 136th Street and the Broken
Bridge Subdivision just south of Platte City.
The original rezoning request called for a change of
R-40 (approximately 40,000 square feet per lot) to R-7
(approximately 7,500 square feet per lot). That request
was tabled at the May session of the Platte County Planning
and Zoning Commission.
Then days before the June meeting, Farley withdrew his
rezoning application that was scheduled to be heard by
the planning and zoning commission on June 12.
At that time he said he was studying the situation and
deciding where to go next.
It appears that the next step will be a different rezoning
request submitted to the planning and zoning commission
for a decision that could come as early as September.
Although an R-10 (single family medium high density)
zoned plat has been submitted to the planning and zoning
office at this time, a bigger compromise seems to be in
"We're working on a deal right now between the developer
and some of the main opponents of the development and
there may be an agreement reached in the next few days,"
said Platte County Planning and Zoning Director Aaron
The deal that Schmidt refers to would be rezoning the
land to R-15, (single family low density district).
Schmidt said that this zoning means that the density
of the entire subdivision couldn't exceed the density
allowed of R-15 subdivisions, which is 15,000 square feet
per lot. Currently R-10 zoning calls for a minimum of
10,000 square feet per lot.
The R-15 would allow the developers, Willis and Darrin
Sherry, approximately 158 lots. The zoning would directly
tie the plat to the rezoning and remove R-7 zoning from
"It really allows a good buffer," said Schmidt.
A neighbor to the proposed development, Dana Babcock,
said that the residents are focusing their efforts on
working something out that everyone should be able to
She also said that development plans are premature and
that homeowners have not been notified of any type or
rezoning application to be on the planning and zoning
agenda for September.
"Everybody is working hard and negotiating in good
faith," Babcock said.
Farley declined to comment on the development process
and directed questions to Schmidt.
"It's very important to point out that within the
next couple of days an agreement may be reached,"
said Schmidt on Wednesday.
If that happens, then the present R-10 plat submitted
would be withdrawn.