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Consider the March 7, 2005 Planning Commission minutes. - page 58 / 71





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Lenny Mullin noted that there were three reasons for doing so.  He stated that the first reason was the absorption time for condo and coach home sales is quite a bit slower than it is for single family homes.  He stated that based on their current rate of sales, which has been pretty good, they only have seven of the thirty-two units left that they have built for sale.  He explained that it would be about seven or seven and one half years to complete the project at the current rate, which is a long time to look into the future.  The second reason they were changing was that they have done some careful market studies around the Kansas City Metropolitan area and have determined that in order for townhome, duplex or coach home units to be successful they have to have a significant price advantage to the other homes in the area.  He stated as they look at the rapidly rising construction costs they could see a time when a coach home unit would cost substantially more than some of the seven, eight, and nine year old resale homes that will be coming on the market in the area, and the final reason, there is a shortage for single family lots.  He explained that they have a great demand and thought that they could sell all the lots by the end of next year.  He noted that because the demand is great they were going to go with market forces.

Commissioner Bedora asked why they chose to include three duplex units on the revised plan.  He stated that they seem to be in an unusual position for duplexes, those lots appear to be, based on his perception, more beneficial as single family lots.

Lenny Mullin answered that their duplexes are selling well, they only have seven left.  He explained that on the south side of 60th Terrace the first two units that abut Woodland were currently duplex units and all four units were sold.  He stated that they have a change over to single family beginning with the lot on the corner of the entrance street.  He stated that building actually faces to the northwest, and the three duplex lots face north and are side by side with coach homes that have been constructed and sold.  He stated because of that they made the transition at 60th Terrace.

Commissioner Bedora asked if the duplexes comply with current building standards.

Assistant Planner Zielsdorf answered yes, they would be the same as the units that were approved with the original plan.  

Lenny Mullin stated that their units were stucco on all four sides, most of them incorporate stone on the front and they would also be built asymmetrically so that of the three duplexes that they would be building additionally, none of the three look at all the same.  He noted that they had sixteen possible combinations and only three lots.


No one spoke from the public.


Commissioner Jenkins, seconded by Commissioner Bedora, moved to approve PUD-1-05-03 planned unit development and rezoning from PMR (Planned Mixed Residential)

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