Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton residents spoke against the new Northpoint Warehouse land development at the Feb. 9 Edgerton council meeting.
Wayne Davis, resident, said he was upset about the way the land across the street from his house was going to be rezoned for warehouses.
“We don’t want lights and warehouse truck noise,” he said. “LP and residential shouldn’t be next to each other.”
Davis said the development will effect 80 families. He said he was concerned 199th Street and its bridges are not built safely enough to handle the warehouse truck traffic.
The roads are narrow with no shoulders.
Frank Bannister, resident, said it was a huge issue and the planning commission had voted ‘no.” “They’re seeing the unreasonableness putting LPs and warehouses next to people’s backyards,” he said. Bannister said it shouldn’t be on the backs of the residents.
“Be thinking of the gravity of the issue not with just LPs and businesses but the families east of here four miles,” he said. “Contention is growing, and we are neighbors.”
On Jan. 12, the city of Edgerton held a meeting for public comment regarding the rezoning of seven parcels of land along Gardner Road from 199th Street to 215th Street for the expansion of the burgeoning Logistics Park Kansas City by NorthPoint Development.
The NorthPoint application was verified on Dec. 22, and notifications of rezoning were sent out on Dec. 23.
The public planning commission meeting discussing the rezoning was held on February 9 at Edgerton City Hall.
Don Roberts, mayor, and council said they would ask the residents not to go door to door to discuss the details of the rezoning plan and to funnel the thoughts and concerns through the city.
Roberts said they would have to allow Northpoint to go door to door as well and do the same. “There is a real risk liability going to people’s houses,” he said.
Two construction road projects were passed that are linked together.
The first is for the 207th Grade Separation project to Pyramid Contractors for $7,021,895.
The second is for the intersection redesign of 8th and Braun streets. The project with BG Consultants is for $24,500 and expected to be completed by 2022.
Roberts said the safety and operation of truck traffic at the intersection was the most concern for the city.
“We have had contact with the resident at that intersection, and they have semis in the ditch in front of their house,” he said. Roberts said it was a needed improvement.
City council also passed a land use amendment to the Edgerton Unified Development Code.
Katy Crow, development services director, said the city had received three requests from Logistics Park for above ground fuel tanks.
Crow said this can become a safety hazard and fuel tanks should be buried underground.
A January 12 public hearing was held at the planning commission meeting, and there was a three to one vote to change the ordinance.
Crow said after January 2021 new fuel tanks have to be buried underground.