Mission Valley neighbors organizing for ability to protest special use permits

 

The neighborhood group that exerted significant influence the spring over zoning decisions for the Mission Valley site is organizing itself again.

Mission Valley Neighbors Association leader Bob Schubert sent a message to group members this week urging them to attend a series of upcoming Prairie Village city council and planning commission meetings. The goal, Schubert wrote, is to see through the passage of a new ordinance that would give residents the opportunity to file protest petitions against special use permits.

The idea for the protest petition ordinance was first aired by members of the group at last week’s city council meeting — and councilors saw enough merit in it that the approved a temporary moratorium on all special use permits.

That moratorium appears to have been a timely. The Mission Valley site developers had been anticipated to file plans and a special use permit for the site the week following. Attorneys with Polsinelli Shughart attempted to file a special use permit with the city the day after the meeting. The city administrator’s office would not accept the submission on account of the moratorium.

Schubert’s email is copied below:

*The Prairie Village City Council met on November 5th.  At that time several PV residents spoke regarding the need for Prairie Village to allow citizens the right to file a protest petition for special use permits. This is CRITICAL because proposed development of a large nursing home will require approval of a special use permit.

-A valid Protest Petition, filed by those neighbors required to be notified of a public hearing for a special use permit application, will increase the City Council voting majority required to adopt a special use permit to a ¾’s majority vote.  Presently, the PV ordinances do not provide for the filing of a Protest Petition in the special use permit application process.  PV is one of only a few cities in Johnson County that do not permit this action.  Cities that do allow for protest petitions to a special use permit include Olathe, Mission, Fairway, OP and Shawnee.

*Council legal staff advised that a moratorium on special use permits could be approved by the City Council, allowing time for the issue to be studied.  The Council voted 7-5 to place a 90-day moratorium on all special use permit applications.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

NOVEMBER 19 — ATTEND  CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 City Council is voting on a drafted memorandum that will direct the Planning Commission to hold a public hearing for citizen input into whether to allow protest petitions to be filed when the City reviews special use permit applications.

DECEMBER 4 — ATTEND PLANNING COMMISSION MTG.
Planning Commission will vote on whether or not to hold a public hearing for citizen input into whether to allow protest petitions to be filed when the City reviews special use permit applications.

JANUARY 8, 2013 –  ATTEND PLANNING COMMISSION MTG.
If approved on the December 4 meeting, this will be the public hearing allowing citizens to voice support for allowing protest petitions to be filed when the City reviews special use permit applications.

JANUARY 21, 2013 — ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Council will vote on whether or not to adopt the Planning Commissionrecommendation regarding filing protest petitions in the special use permit application process.

CALL YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER
A suggested “talking points” email will follow this.  Make sure your Councilmember understands the need for a more democratic citizen input process when special use permits are filed.  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!