Decision day arrives for Mission Chateau — maybe


After months of contentious debate and behind the scenes wrangling, the controversial Mission Chateau senior living development proposal will at last have its day before the Prairie Village City Council.

The Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve the Special Use Permit for the project at its meeting tonight. The meeting itself will start at 6:30 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church, but the Mission Chateau deliberations won’t begin until 7:30 p.m. at the earliest.

Because property owners in the area surrounding the Mission Valley site filed a valid protest petition against the project, it will require a supermajority of 10 members of Prairie Village’s governing body (the 12 city councilors and the mayor) to approve the Special Use Permit.

Though people on both sides of the issue have high expectations that they’ll get some kind of definitive outcome from tonight’s meeting, nothing is set in stone. The governing body could approve the Special Use Permit, deny the Special Use Permit, or send the issue back down to the Planning Commission and request further consideration or changes to the plans — which would throw the situation back into limbo.

You can find out more about the format of tonight’s meeting — including rules for public participation — on the city’s website here.

We’ll be tweeting live updates from the meeting (which you’ll be able to see on the site as well as our Twitter account), so be sure to follow us @PVPoster.