September 17, 2014

County logistics regs OK’d

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Johnson County commissioners approved changes to its county building standards to create a new zoning, known as Planned Employment Center, Logistics Park (PEC-LP).
Jeff Mallotte, senior county planner, told commissioners that the new language will provide appearance and emissions standards for warehouse developments. The county modeled its standards after Edgerton’s standards.
“The provisions are very similar to provide a level playing field between the cities and the county,” Mallotte said during a Sept. 12 meeting.
County planners assisted in the drafting of Edgerton’s zoning regulations for warehouse and industrial developments.
“Our intention is to get with the city of Gardner and see if they have any interest in adopting similar regulations,” Dean Palos, county director of planning, said.
According to a county staff briefing sheet provided to the commissioners, officials anticipate that the majority of industrial and warehouse developments related to the intermodal project will be built in Edgerton and the surrounding cities. However, county staff anticipates a few developers may have interest in building in the unincorporated parts of Johnson County.
“These proposed new county regulations, along with Edgerton regulations, will significantly limit the outdoor impacts of the logistics park development including noise, vibration, smoke, pollution, diesel emissions, fire and explosive hazards, glare, outside storage materials, overall aesthetics and other potentially adverse affects,” the briefing sheet reads.
Palos said enforcement of the regulations would be done on a complaint basis.
“We haven’t had any real experience with these types of regulations,” Palos said.
In other business, the commission:
• ratified commission chair Ed Eilert’s reappointment of Scott Hannon, Spring Hill, to the Commission on Aging.
• ratified Eilert’s appointment of Amy McLain-Jenson, Gardner, to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board.
The commission meets at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the board room at the county administration building in Olathe.

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