Mission Valley neighbors win public hearing on Special Use Permit protest ordinance

The Prairie Village Planning Commission on Tuesday gave the green light to a process that could establish a formal procedure for protesting certain development projects in the city — and may ultimately impact the development of the Mission Valley site.

In response to calls from homeowners who live in the neighborhoods surrounding Mission Valley, the Prairie Village City Council last month proposed the creation of an ordinance that would give neighbors a channel for protesting Special Use Permits filed for property near their homes. The council also passed a 90 day moratorium on all Special Use Permits, effectively placing a temporary block on the Mission Valley owners’ ability to move forward with its plans for a large senior living community on the site.

At last night’s Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the Special Use Permit ordinance idea at the commission’s Jan. 5 meeting. Should the Planning Commission vote to move the protest ordinance forward, it would go to the Prairie Village City Council for a likely vote Jan. 21.

The 90-day Special Use Permit moratorium began Nov. 5