SCC Meeting Wednesday, September 20th

Southern Communities Coalition Meeting

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:00 P.M.

New Location: Ruskin High School Cafeteria

7000 E 111th St.

Kansas City MO 64137
(parking in back)

Guest Speakers at The Meeting:
Ms. Diane Binckley, deputy director of the city planning & development department
Topic: Short-term rentals (airbnb & home away)
Questions well be taken after her presentation.
Ms. Geri Haile, Blue Ridge Library branch manager
Topic: KC Degrees Program & the Blue Ridge Library

Updates at The Meeting:
Mr. Riad Baghdadi, architect, RB Architectural Engineering Construction
10322 Blue Ridge Blvd: Approval of a special use permit to allow for the expansion of an existing gas station & convenience store.
9642, 9700, & 9707 Hillcrest (behind K-Mart): Proposal for 24 townhouses on this site.
Mr. Scott Lipovac, Topic: K-Mart, 95th St. & Hillcrest Rd. self-contained storage units. Questions will be taken.

Other News in South Kansas City

2017-2018 Southern Communities Coalition Meeting Dates:
October 18th – South Patrol Division
November 15th – Ruskin High School
December – no meeting
January 17th, February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th. Locations to be announced at the September 20th meeting.
Meetings will be cancelled only if school district is cancelled.

A detailed ordinance outlined to regulate short-term rentals such as airbnb & Home Away will drop in the KC Council’s lap this month or October.

Another ordinance went before the City Plans Commission in August and they put R7.5 & R10 back into the ordinance. We learned that both of them had been removed early on in discussions, and now they are in again. These two designations are mostly in traditional single family neighborhoods.

Notifications about these changes were very scarce and most neighborhoods have heard nothing about them.

Bring your questions and concerns as this could really affect your neighborhood.

GOOD NEWS from Lou Austin
The 3-Trails Corridor website is now public: All of the current content has been approved by the National Park Service.

Congratulations to the new police chief, Rick Smith. Look forward to him coming to the Coalition.

Also, welcome back our community officer Mike Hammer, phone 672-2828.

“CELEBRATE & DEDICATE” Chuck and Ann from the Trailside Center
On September 22nd at 10 A.M. there will be a special gathering acknowledging the wonderful improvements at the Trailside Center. Council people have been invited, along with representatives from Parks & Recreation and other City departments.

Two main contributions that they are celebrating are the Time Capsule and the New Parking Lot.

During this summer, a steering committee has been meeting with City staff to review and update the Longview Area Plan. The purpose of the area plan is to be a guide that suggests actions and creates policy that will be adopted by the City.

PIEA East Bannister General Development Plan
On August 29th, the Economic Development Commission (EDC), Greg Flisram, senior VP, Business & Real Estate Development, and Steve Rinner, Buisiness Development officer, shared the details of their proactive plan to attract developers to the area just east of Cerner and includes the Robandee & Loma Vista shopping centers. The plan is the same one proposed earlier and makes the properties eligible for possible tax abatement incentives by developers. It was just approved by the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIEA) and is now ready to go before the City Plan Commission.

Just a reminder that we need to be collecting all information about this issue which will affect us all in the years to come. Proposed ballot language seeks voter support to allow K.C. to construct a new passenger terminal at KCI and demolish the three existing terminals as necessary with all costs paid solely from money derived from the City’s airports and related facilities and without the issuance of general airport revenue bonds unless such bonds have received prior voter approval.

The Coalition is looking forward to the new school year and congratulates the new incoming people and present the Hickman Mills CSD 1 board of directors:
Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Superintendent
Dawn Smith, Associate Superintendent
Dan Weakley, Executive Director of Operations
Board Members: Carol Graves, President; Brian Williams, VP; Evelyn Hilderbrand, Wakisha Briggs, Clifford Ragan, Alvin Brooks, and Luther Chandler.

Congratulations to Mr. Damion Alexander who was named the new executive director on August 14th.
Mr. Alexander replaces former CAC executive director Carol Bird Owsley who had served as interim since April of this year.