Rick Poppitz
Special to The Gardner News
Discussion of the new Land Development Code was the only item on the agenda at the June 16 meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
The new Land Development Code is a 185 page document written by city staff and has been reviewed, revised and now recommended to the Gardner City Council by the planning commission.
Six meetings of this year have been spent by the planning commission to review and revise the new city code.
Larry Powell, business and economic development director, told the committee that as a recommended document, it was being shown to the EDAC only for informational purposes.
Kelly Woodward, city planner, gave a staff presentation that focused on the sections of the new code that sets standards for street design, civic space, residential and non residential buildings and areas.
The new Land Development Code is available to the public on the city website: gardnerks.gov.
Before adjourning, Powell told the committee about some local properties that are undergoing or soon will be undergoing changes, including:
He said the city had received a complete redevelopment plan for the Taco Bell/KFC, 651 Main. There will be changes to both the interior and exterior.
Construction of the Orscheln Farm and Home store, near 190th and Center Street, had been slowed by earlier rains but is now getting back on schedule.
CVS, to be located at the corner Main and Center, is on hold due to plat issues.
Several residential properties in the city are in a state of disrepair and will be demolished.
The building just east of Moonlight and south of East Lincoln Lane that used to be a child care facility is being renovated by the property owner and when finished, will probably be put on the market as office space.