Housing, Housing Security, Zoning

SM Post Recap of PV Planning Commission Meeting

Posted by Bonnie Limbird

I’ll start by saying that if you don’t have a subscription to Shawnee Mission Post for hyper local news reporting, I highly recommend it!

Here’s the link to their latest article, and please read it there if you have an account: Shawnee Mission Post.

Now, having said the above, if you don’t have an account, here is a snippet:

The Prairie Village Planning Commission on Tuesday evening finalized a year-long timeline for the public to give feedback on a series of housing recommendations that have already garnered heated pushback from some residents.

Driving the news: The planning commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a general timeline that will include at least three public forums about the housing recommendations over the next year.

• Several planning commissioners on Tuesday night, including Nancy Wallerstein, voiced concerns about a timeline originally proposed by city staff that would have conducted the public feedback process over a more compressed timeframe, between October and February.

•Wallerstein called that “too aggressive” and like other commissioners called for more public forums to occur after the new year.

What was said: “We’ve had two years of no one going out, going to Christmas parties and everything like this — anything from mid-November through the first week of January, I think, is just a lost cause,” Wallerstein said.

Juliana Garcia, SM Post

Watch for yourself: A full video of the planning commission meeting can be found below. The housing recommendations presentation and subsequent discussion begins around 58:00.

What happens next with Prairie Village housing recommendations:

The planning commission will discuss the recommendations at a work session at the end of October. The next discussion on the city’s housing recommendations won’t occur until after the new year, in January 2023, and it will be a public forum.

• Another planning commission work session will occur after the first public forum.

• A second public forum to discuss the planning commission’s recommendations and take public feedback will be in March or April 2023.

• There will be another planning commission work session after that second public forum.

• A third public forum will then be held in June or July.

• City staff told commissioners that the public forums would include presentations, breakout sessions and group discussions.

Juliana Garcia, SM Post

I will say, the original heading of the SM Post article may have been misleading. I think they even changed it, but if you have seen it PV has not “put off housing discussion until 2023”. The Planning Commission has suggested a schedule (outlined above) that puts the first public forum into 2023. The Planning Commission themselves will still begin their work sessions on the issues.

More to come!

Thank you for reading. Oh! And get that SM Post subscription if you are able to. (And, no, I do not get any Federal or local subsidies for recommending this.)

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Take care and reach out if you have any questions or concerns,

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