Prairie Village releases draft house design guidelines, sets public meeting sessions to get resident input

A tear down project on 71st Terrace that was listed for sales at $677,000 sits considerably higher than the two original Prairie Village ranch homes it neighbors.
A tear down project on 71st Terrace that was listed for sales at $677,000 sits considerably higher than the two original Prairie Village ranch homes it neighbors.

The city of Prairie Village on Wednesday released an official draft of the residential building design guidelines intended to address concerns about the wave of new homes being built in the area that may not fit with the character of the original homes in their neighborhoods.

The city also set three dates for public meetings at City Hall to deliver information and gather input from residents. Those meetings will be:

  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. for residents of the Prairie Villages Homes Association area
  • Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. for residents with homes north of 79th Street that do not fall in the PVHA
  • Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. for residents with homes south of 79th Street

While all of the meetings will be open to all interested stakeholders, staff felt it best to cater each session to a particular areas of the city that would be affected by the new regulations in different ways. The Prairie Village Homes Association will be the focus of the first meeting because it is the area where the bulk of the rebuild projects are taking place.

“The goal of this initiative is to provide regulatory framework to protect neighborhood character while balancing the changing demographics and needs of the Prairie Village community,” read a statement from the city accompanying the draft document. “Over the course of the last two years homes improvement permits and ‘new builds’ have been steadily increasing. And, in the absence of enforceable HOA Covenants and/or Deed Restrictions, current City Zoning Regulations may allow structure mass/scale that is out of character of typical homes in the neighborhood.”

You can find the draft of the design guidelines, with specifics about setbacks, massing, garage size and building fenestration, embedded below:

https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/04073848/16-Draft-Zoning-Amendments.pdf