PV Council puts moratorium on Special Use Permits prior to anticipated filing of Mission Valley plans

The Prairie Village City Council on Monday placed a temporary moratorium on all Special Use Permit applications in the city — a move that may at least temporarily hamper developers’ plans for the Mission Valley Middle School site.

More than a dozen homeowners from the Mission Valley area filled the Council Chambers Monday as both former PV Community Spirit Award Winner Chuck Dehner and former PV City Councilor Steve Carmen asked the council to consider creating an ordinance that would allow homeowners to formally protest Special Use Permit applications for projects in their neighborhoods. Such permits are required when a developer submits a proposal to the city that would include elements not allowed by the site’s zoning designation.

Mechanisms for neighbors to halt Special Use Permit applications are available to residents in Overland Park and Leawood, Dehner noted, but not in Prairie Village.

General council reaction to their suggestion was positive, but the councilors noted that they wouldn’t be able to consider and adopt such a provision before the anticipated filing of plans for development on the Mission Valley Middle School site.

As such, the council voted to put a 90-day moratorium on all Special Use Permit applications — though a handful of dissenting councilors noted that the moratorium would likely have impacts beyond the Mission Valley project, possibly creating an imposition for residential construction projects.

The moratorium will not, however, have any impact on the Conditional Use Permit application for a drive-thru lane at the building scheduled to replace Waid’s. That application is scheduled to be considered by the Prairie Village Planning Commission tonight.