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  • skcablog 11:12 am on January 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning Meeting on 28 January 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    7:00 P.M.
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    (Parking is off both sides of 99th Street east of Holmes Road)


    Representatives from NorthPoint Development in Riverside, Mo. will present plans for an industrial park on the site of the former Bannister Federal Complex at 1500 E. Bannister Rd. It will be called Blue River Commerce Center. They are requesting a rezoning from District M3-5 to District UR and approval of a development plan that allows for construction of 2.6 million square feet of manufacturing/warehousing facilities with 1,730 parking spaces on 9 lots and five tracts in multiple on about 229 acres generally located at the northeast corner of E. Bannister Road and Troost Ave.

    The staff planner is Olofu Agbaji (513-8815). The public hearing has been scheduled before the City Plan Commission on February 4th at 9 A.M. Plans, drawings and reports submitted are available for inspection online at The staff report will be posted to the same address online the Friday prior to the hearing date.

    Another meeting:

    The BID Group, LLC is hosting a neighborhood meeting on Monday January 27th at 7 P.M. at 1809 E. 80th St. (This is the meeting space for the Marlboro Coalition. Parking is on the street only.) The developer wants to use the existing Kindred Hospital building and grounds at 8701 Troost for one of four possible uses: Group Living, College/University, Religious assembly and School. They are requesting a Special Use Permit and will have a public hearing at the City Plan Commission on February 4th at 9 A.M. The planner is Xue Wood. As mentioned above, plans, drawings and reports submitted are available for inspection online at The staff report will be posted to the same address online the Friday prior to the hearing date.

    This developer was unable to come to our meeting due to a scheduling conflict. According to the new public engagement ordinance, if there are two or more neighborhood associations, the developer can schedule the public meeting.

  • skcablog 10:27 pm on December 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Hickman Mills Is About To Get Screwed (Again) 

    Over 10 years ago, when the Hickman Mills Area Plan was first developed, the western boundary only went to 71 Highway; effectively cutting Hickman Mills in two and putting a good portion of it in what would become the Red Bridge Area Plan. Southern Communities Coalition lobbied for the boundary to be moved to Blue River, but it never happened because the City refused to pay the consultants any extra money for consulting on a larger area.

    Moving forward, as the Red Bridge Area Plan was being developed a few years ago, Mariann Tow, a former co-chair of the Coalition, said the boundary needed to be changed to Blue River before adopting the plan; but once again the City moved forward with their own preconceived ideas and left the boundary at 71 Highway. Now they’re even trying to say no one spoke up at the Red Bridge Area Plan meetings.

    The City has completed area plans for all of Kansas City and is now in the process of reviewing and updating them beginning with Hickman Mills. The boundary issue was brought up at the first steering committee meeting and the planners said there would be time during the process to discuss it. Of course it hasn’t been discussed at any meetings and they’re even trying to say they didn’t know anyone wanted it changed, even though the Coalition and Center Planning sent letters in support. Knowing nothing seems to be one of their arguments for not doing anything. The other is that it would cause the planning department additional work. They’re all a bunch of bureaucrats without any sense of humanity.

    While I said the City is “updating” the plans, that’s actually a City term. What it means in real terms is that they’re scrapping the first one and simply using the new one. There will be no looking at the first plan to see what needs to be saved. Of course the planners, who are supposed to be guiding the process, say the community can keep whatever it wants as long as it makes the suggestions. Guess guidance only goes so far.

    Of course all this could just be how they’re handling Hickman Mills. The City has made no bones about the fact that all plans aren’t alike. That’s an understatement. Some of the more well to do areas have much more detailed plans about what they think their area should look like, so they must get a bit more detailed guidance.

    Then there’s also the issue of PIAC funds which the planning department raids when they don’t have the money to do some of the things they’d like; surveys for instance. Friends in Red Bridge tell me there were surveys of community members and of business people. They even did a water analysis (which seems a bit scary) and who knows what else. Anyway, that’s PIAC money that some actual community person/group didn’t get for their much needed project.

    Needless to say, no PIAC funds were used for Hickman Mills. The planners come in for their two hour meeting and they leave. Nothing extra for us.

    Then there’s the issue of their, let’s say, misstatements. Their not knowing anyone wanting the boundary change is just one example of many. They also try repeatedly to say they don’t use school district boundaries when they were told it was a community boundary from the beginning. Then there’s the issue of any change having a negative effect but not saying what that would be. It just goes on and on.

    They can’t seem, or don’t want, to realize ALL of Hickman Mills is a historical community that doesn’t end at 71 Highway. They also can’t seem to comprehend that Hickman Mills is a unique situation because the school district boundary and the community boundary are very closely aligned.

    All they see are lines on paper. They can’t understand that they’re dealing with real people.

    While Hickman Mills is currently being screwed, all of Kansas City is being screwed by the raids on PIAC funds. Let’s all applaud City Hall and especially the Planning Department.

  • skcablog 4:51 pm on November 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    November SCC Meeting Notice 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting
    Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    November’s guest speakers will be Jackson County legislators Dan Tarwater, III from the 4th District, and Theresa Galvin from the 6th. Bring your questions about County issues such as:

    This will be the last meeting of 2019

  • skcablog 6:24 pm on October 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning’s October Meeting 

    Center Planning and Development Council
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    7:00 P.M.
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131

    (Parking is off both sides of 99th Street east of Holmes Road)


    Chris Woods, architect, will present plans for 8625 Troost Ave, a request to rezone from B3-2 and M1-5 to District B4-2 for food preparation, packaging and distribution use. These plans were presented to the Marlboro Coalition earlier.

    Ryana Parks-Shaw, 5th District Councilperson, will meet with us for the first time to share her concerns thus far and tell us about her proposed Community Engagement Initiative Resolution #190839 and answer questions.

    Terry Rynard, Director of Parks and Recreation, will tell us about the November ballot issues and give us an update on Ward Parkway from 89th to Wornall and the progress on the drainage/maintenance issue next to the former Berbiglia building on 103rd Street.

    Updates and Announcements

    The digital billboard ordinance was scheduled to go before the Neighborhood, Planning and Development Committee of the Council at City Hall on October 23rd but was postponed with no date set. This ordinance will remove the digital ban on billboards from the strong billboard ordinance of 2007 which many of us have worked for and supported. Our organization, Southern Communities Coalition, South Kansas City Alliance, and the Kansas City Neighborhood and Advisory Council are opposed to the ordinance. We have asked our City Council to deny the ordinance.

    The proposed used car lot at 701 E. Bannister Rd (SE corner at Holmes Rd.) has been approved for a 2 year Special Use Permit. Earlier the BZA (Board of Zoning Adjustment) unanimously voted for denial, but the applicant asked for a re-hearing and the BZA reversed their decision on a 4 to 1 vote. We have been concerned about this corner for some time. If you are concerned about the appearance or any other aspect, call 311 to report the condition.

  • skcablog 3:54 pm on October 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    October SCC: Mayor Quinton Lucas 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speaker: Mayor Quinton Lucas

    In addition to updates on the greater Hickman Mills area in southeast Kansas City, October’s meeting will feature Kansas City mayor Mayor Quinton Lucas. Questions will be taken from the audience.

  • skcablog 11:06 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    See Plans for Red Bridge Road 

    There will be an open-house style meeting Thursday about the latest plans for Red Bridge Road between Wornall Road and Holmes Road.

    5:00-6:30PM, Thursday, September 26th, 2019

    KC Autism Training Center & Astra Day School, 10842 McGee Street

  • skcablog 4:30 pm on September 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    September Meeting of Hickman Mills United Neighborhoods 

    Hickman Mills United Neighborhoods

    Monday, September 30, 2019
    6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
    St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 9420 James A. Reed Road

    The September meeting of Hickman Mills United Neighborhoods will feature Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Councilwoman Katheryn Shields for a discussion of blight (including Robandee and Loma Vista shopping centers), crime, neighborhood livability, transportation, codes enforcement, economic development, and the future of the Hickman Mills area.

    Meeting Agenda

    6:00pm – 6:05pm     Introductions
    6:05pm – 6:15pm     Mayor Quinton Lucas
    6:15pm – 6:25pm     4th District At-Large Councilwoman 
                        Katheryn Shields, Chair of KCMO Finance, 
                        Governance and Public Safety Committee
    6:25pm – 7:25pm     Questions from Hickman Mills United Neighborhoods
    7:25pm – 7:55pm     Questions from the Audience
    7:55pm – 8:00pm     Announcements
  • skcablog 12:30 pm on September 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning September Agenda 

    Center Planning & Development Council

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    7:00 pm
    Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road, KCMO 64131


    Andrea Bough, our newly elected 6th District-At-Large Councilwoman will tell us about the Public Engagement Ordinance which will begin October 1st. This requires developers to notify registered neighborhood and homes associations. She will provide an update on the digital billboard ordinance. Andrea is Vice-Chair of the Neighborhood, Planning and Development Committee.

    Dr. Michael Weishaar, Interim Superintendent and Christina Medina, Public Relations Director of the Center School District will provide an update on the bond projects. There will be architectural renderings from Hollis and Miller on the re-build of Indian Creek Elementary School.

  • skcablog 8:48 pm on September 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Southern Communities September Meeting 

    Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 P.M.
    South Kansas City Patrol Station
    9701 Marion Park Drive
    Kansas City, MO 64137

    Guest Speakers

    Matt Riggs, outreach coordinator, MARC Solid Waste Management District, will give an overview of the problems & solutions the District is working on and the important role neighborhood groups can play in helping residents to recycle better.


    Ryana Parks-Shaw, 5th District Councilwoman
    Lee Barnes, Jr. 5th District Councilman at Large
    Kevin McManus, 6th District Councilman
    Andrea Bough, 6th District Councilwoman at Large

  • skcablog 1:17 pm on July 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Center Planning and Development Special Meeting Announcement 

    The Kansas City Neighborhood Advisory Council is hosting a meeting on the digital billboard ordinance on Monday, July 8th from 6-7:30pm at Metro Patrol at 7601 Prospect Avenue. Outfront Media billboard company, their attorney and City staff will be there to discuss the ordinance and answer questions.

    The strong billboard law that was passed in 2007 does not allow digital signage on our billboards. This is now being challenged. Outfront wants to change nine of their highway billboards to digital and will take down smaller neighborhood billboards at a 7-to-1 square-foot ratio, in an attempt to gain public support.

    We need neighborhood people there to say we support the current ordinance we passed in 2007 which has national recognition by Scenic America.

    Please contact Carol Winterowd at with any questions.

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