Members of the Southwest Johnson County Consolidated Zoning Board unanimously approved a lot split west of Gardner on Nov. 17.
The property’s owner, Claude Steed, requested that the land and home be divided into one 10.5 acre lot containing a home and outbuildings and one 135 acre lot.
County planning officials recommended that the lot-split request be granted. Karen Miller, Planner, told board members the lot-split, at 18135 Dillie Road, meets all county requirements. However, she said planners researched historical features of the land, before offering their recommendation. The Oregon Trail passed through the lot.
“We talked with the (Johnson County) Museum,” she said. “The trail was not so much a general road, just a specific area that people passed through. There is no special line to protect.”
Historical society officials also examined the land, she said, and did not find any trail ruts due to the long-term agricultural use of the land.
“It’s been reviewed and there’s been no item we’re concerned about,” Miller said.
The zoning board approved a preliminary and final plat for the lot divide. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners must also pass both. They will consider the issue during a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 16 at the Johnson County Administration Building in Olathe.
— Danedri Thompson