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The Rundown – Commission sends zoning request back to Planning Commission

Post Date:01/09/2019 5:15 PM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. January 8, 2019, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission rejected a recommendation from the Newton/North Newton Planning Commission and sent a rezoning request back to them for reconsideration.

Developer Ron Harder had requested rezoning of the western portion of Summer Crossing Addition, just across Anderson Avenue from Sand Creek Station Addition, from single-family residential to multi-family residential. The request was driven by a proposed senior (55 and older) housing development on 6.74 acres of the property.

A number of residents of the already-developed eastern portion of Summer Crossing objected to the rezoning, expressing concern that multi-family units could have a negative effect on their property values.

The Planning Commission on Dec. 3 rejected the rezoning request because they said the proposed rezoning area was too large and all property owners in Summer Crossing had not been notified of the proposal. Statutory requirements for notification were met, however.

The City Commission on Tuesday directed the Planning Commission to reconsider the request with a smaller area to be rezoned and to provide specific findings as to each of the criteria established by the zoning ordinances:

  • Whether the rezoning would be consistent with zoning regulations, the City’s comprehensive plan, and other adopted policies.
  • Whether every use permitted under the rezoning would be compatible with the uses permitted on other property in the vicinity.
  • Whether adequate water and sewer facilities exist or can be provided.
  • Whether the proposed rezoning would correct an error in zoning application.
  • Whether the proposed rezoning is necessary because of changing conditions in the area.

The request will be considered at the Planning Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at City Hall.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized Newton High School student Eli Blaufuss, who is one of two Kansas students accepted into the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Participants will visit Washington D.C. in March and will meet with the president, senators, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, and other high-ranking officials. He also was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Selected Kathy Valentine to continue to serve as mayor for 2019 and Leroy Koehn to continue as vice mayor.
  2. Designated the Newton Kansan as the official newspaper of record for 2019.
  3. Awarded a contract for street paving for a new commercial development at First Street and I-135 to Vogts-Parga for $210,923.98.
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