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  • skcablog 3:22 pm on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    March SCC Meeting Agenda 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137


    Guest Speakers:

    • Lisa Hummel, Outreach Coordinator “Keep Out the Rain”
    • Project Manager – MODOT – Discussing upcoming work on I-435
    • School Board Candidates Forum – Sandy Sexton, Carol Graves, Luther Chandler and Alvin Brooks. No response from William Young.


  • skcablog 6:36 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning February Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131



    Tim Wilson with Stark Wilson Duncan Architects, will present two projects at 141st Terrace:

    • MO-AN ManCaves at the northwest corner of W 141st Terrace and Madison Ave.
    • A Senior Community Project at 141st Terrace and Wyandotte.

    Mike Crist, owner of the former All Saints Episcopal Church at 9201 Wornall Road will present his proposal to rezone his 4.7 acre property from residential to business to be able to lease space for Coach’s Bar and Grill at the church.  (Many of the businesses along 103rd St were flooded and need to find other locations.)  This case will be heard before the City Plan Commission at City Hall on Tuesday, March 6th. (The time has not been set yet.)

    Mary McCall, our new South Patrol Community Interaction Officer, will report on crime in our area, specifically at the Gomer’s shopping center location on the southwest corner of 99th & Holmes.  All businesses in that location are invited to attend our meeting.


    The Missouri  Department of Transportation is having an open house forum with citizens on Thursday, February 22nd from 4 – 6pm at Center Middle School on l03rd St  to explain an extensive improvement project along I-435 from State Line to Three Trails Crossing.  This will include adding another lane, replacing bridges, increasing vertical  clearance under the Wornall Rd bridge, removing the loop ramps at the Holmes Rd interchange and numerous other improvements.

    The South Kansas City Alliance will have their meeting on Monday, March 12 at 6pm at the South Patrol Station on 9701 Marion Park Dr. (behind Home Depot on Bannister) Frank White will give an update on  the jail, COMBAT and other county business.  A CIty official will provide an update on the 1 cent sales tax renewal for infrastructure (PIAC) that will be on the April ballot.

    The League of Women Voters is holding a candidate forum for open positions on the Center School Board on Wed, March 28th at 6:30pm at Center High School at 87th & Holmes.  There are two open positions and four candidates:  Paul Kramschuster, Rebecca Lahann, Stephen Stricklin and Ronald Fritz.

    Short-term Rental was voted out of the Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee with no recommendation.  It is now before the Council.  The City Development Department will be reviewing the ordinance with the Council and the Mayor.  We do not know when a vote will be taken.

  • skcablog 10:11 am on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Notice for February 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137


    Guest Speakers:

    Troy Schulte, City Manager
    Heather Brown, Executive Director, Tax Increment Financing Commission, EDCKC
    Chad Thompson, P. E. Update: Blue River Road

    Updates will be given

  • skcablog 4:47 pm on February 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Opinion: Why South Kansas City Should Support Short Term Rentals 

    I want to thank the South Kansas City Advocates for giving me this opportunity to contribute to their blog focusing on South Kansas City.

    Having been to the recent Southern Communities Coalition (SCC) and Center Planning & Development Council (CP) meetings, you would have thought that allowing short-term rentals like AirBNB in areas zoned for single-family residences (R7.5 and R10) will bring the end of their neighborhoods. The opposition to short-term rentals is being lead by Tim Henry, president of the Birchwood Hills homes association, and semi-retired politician John Sharp of the South Kansas City Alliance. It is a surprising turn of events for John Sharp, who has written glowing articles in The Martin City Telegraph about Cerner and Fishtech, two local computer technology companies. John Sharp also has always been the first to advocate for tax breaks (TIF) for those companies. So now, south KC neighborhoods, especially the neighborhoods around Cerner, have an opportunity to benefit from other Cerner employees traveling to the south Kansas City campus and who want to stay in a local house. This is not just a theory: At the SCC meeting, Lou Austin, a veteran advocate for south KC, stood up and stated that he is in the process of renting a room in his house on AirBNB. The Southern Communities Coalition doesn’t want more used car lots and liquor stores, which devalue neighborhoods, but when given an opportunity for neighbors to invest in and improve their properties (which means more property tax for the Hickman Mills school district), they want to deny them that opportunity. Many of these neighborhoods have great challenges, so any incentive to revitalize these neighborhoods should be taken. I believe that opposition to short-term rentals is based on looking backwards rather than forward. The future is more digital technology like Cerner and Fishtech represent.
    Currently the City has no rules governing short-term rentals. Allowing these rentals with sensible safeguards, like getting 55% of neighbors’ consent or a special use permit, will allow the City to regulate this in neighborhoods while providing a much-needed method of improving home values and bringing south KC neighborhoods into the 21st Century.

    Terrence Nash

  • skcablog 12:31 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning January Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    7:00 pm

    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Ryan Berendzen,  architect for Paul Werner Architects, will present a project plan for a 9,000sf one story office building at 101st Terrace and Wornall Road.   It will be located next to the current medical building  There will be no change in zoning.

    Michael Shaw, Manager of Solid Waste at City Hall will present the latest strategies for recycling in Kansas City.  Much of our recycling is done at a plant in Harrisonville.  It’s important that we do our part in this effort,  Bring your questions.  In addition, Michael will answer questions on trash and bulky item pick-up.

    Update on the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance

    The Board of Center Planning & Development Council has taken a position to oppose short-term rental (STR) in single-family zoning categories, such as R7.5 and R10,  (We have not opposed it in other residential categories.)  We believe allowing STR in neighborhoods and homes associations via internet providers will reduce our quality of life as strangers and their cars move in and out of our areas.  The Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee of the City Council will have another work session on the ordinance on Wednesday Jan 31 at 1:30pm.  You can watch it on the City’s channel.  There have been two previous public hearings.  Another public hearing will be scheduled.  This ordinance will change the residential character of our neighborhoods.  Let the City Council members know your thoughts/concerns.

  • skcablog 10:52 am on January 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting, Wednesday, January 17th 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137


    Guest Speakers:

    Pastor David & Sylvia Davis, Case # 14894 SU “Special Use”
    Their proposal is a church, 7237 E. 99th St. This is a home located in a
    residential neighborhood. (Bannister Acres)

    Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent of Hickman Mills School District

    Additional Item:

    Updates will be given: short-term rental hearing at the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee meeting on Jan. 17th.

  • skcablog 10:23 am on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    November CP Meeting Notice 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, November 28th 2017
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Mark and Melinda Jurczak are proposing to build a 288 square-foot structure on the NE corner of 89th Terrace and Wornall Road. The structure will house an ice and water franchise called Twice The Ice. They are submitting plans to the City for this development.

    Devin Schuster, Vice-President of Lane4 Property Group will give an update on the StateLine Shopping Center on State Line Road at 101st Street.

    Steve Bell is anticipating the purchase of the 2.7 acre lot and house on the NW Corner of Red Bridge Rd and State Line Rd. He is planning to use it for small weddings, and as his private residence. He wants to know if this plan is acceptable to the community.

    Mike Hammer, South Patrol Community Interaction Officer, will give an update on the crime in our area and provide safety tips for the holidays.

    Note: There will be no meeting in December due to the holidays.


  • skcablog 2:53 pm on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Over the (State) Line? 

    10-year-old Julia Luetje is a young inventor from Leawood who won $10,000 from Frito-Lay for coming up with something to help kids and pets sleep during storms by keeping the noise out. Now she’s participating in a national voting contest. I say good for her and hope she wins. I should have been so creative when I was 10!

    What I don’t understand is why Councilman Scott Taylor used his city email to send out a request for his constituents to vote for her. His email says she’s from south Kansas City so we need the win over Boston, Austin, Indianapolis, and New York.

    Why does he say she’s from SKC when she’s from Leawood? Does he have some personal connection? Is this a backhand way of getting donations for his run for mayor? Does he shop so much in Leawood that he thinks of it as SKC? Does he just have a grudge against the other cities?

    It’s very strange, but there are many who wish he had the same degree of concern for those who actually are in SKC.

  • skcablog 9:26 am on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SCC Meeting Tonight: 11/15/2017 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137


    Police Program: Officer Mike Hammer, Community Relations & Fellow Officers

    Ms. Christine Bushyhead, Attorney with Bushyhead Law Firm:
    Case #100-AN-18 a request to detach approximately 95 acres generally located South of E. Bannister Rd, east of View High Dr. and north of Interstate 470 from the city limits of Kansas City to permit subsequent annexation by city of Lee’s Summit.

    Update: Proposed Ordinance for Short Term Rentals

    Note: Though usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, there will be no Southern Communities meeting in December.

  • skcablog 7:19 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    A Giveaway is Progress? 

    Just had a robo call from the mayor. He said “our city is on the move” but I’m not sure what to make of that.

    We’re not growing: KC wants to give 95 acres to Lee’s Summit just because a developer asked for it.

    We’re not expanding economic opportunities in South Kansas City as promised with the Cerner project. The Lee’s Summit proposal, east of View High Drive and north of I-470, calls for a mixed-use development which would include sports fields and dining, entertainment, office, lodging, and multi-family living options. This would be in direct competition with the SKC area; therefore, leaving little feasibility for that promised development.

    We’re not improving infrastructure. Bannister Road already serves as a jumping off point when I-470 gets too backed up. Now KC wants to give Lee’s Summit land to develop that will lead to even more traffic on the mostly two-lane Bannister Road.

    Being “on the move” should mean that we’re progressing, but I see no progress for SKC in this scenario. And by the way, these discussions have all occurred with very few in SKC being made aware, let alone included or asked for input. If KC can just give away 95 acres for a major development by another city, on the ‘sly’ so to speak, what might the city (including Sly) be keeping from us about the airport?


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