Tuesday, June 04, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY ZONING CHANGE THREATENS TO OVERCROWD NEIGHBORHOODS WITH TINY HOUSES!!!
The meetup of the KCMO City Plan Commission today has implications for every neighborhood in town and basically decides if residents with enough cash to build stupid, overly designed structures can bully residents who obey building codes.
More to the point . . .
A LOCAL RICH DUDE THREATENS TO CHANGE KANSAS CITY CODES SO HE CAN BUILD A GARBAGE TINY HOUSE!!!
We'll get into names and fun times later but, as always, for now we'll simply note that this development scheme nightmare starts on the Westside.
Here's the 12th & Oak narrative from City Hall which deserves a bit of skepticism given that they've never met a developer project they didn't like:
"Text within Chapter 88 that was adopted with the new code in 2011 has been determined to be problematic in allowing single-family dwellings to be erected, particularly, the case of infill development on vacant lots. Many lots within the city were platted either prior to adoption of the first zoning ordinance in 1923 or enactment of the subdivision regulations of 1954. Although legally created at the time, they were platted with less lot width or lot area than currently required by Chapter 88. For example, many lots within the urban core are platted with 25 or 30ft. lot width. Current minimum lot width requirements rage from 150 to 25f. with 50ft. required for the typical single-family districts R-7.5 and R-6 . . . The intent is to enable infill development in the city, particularly on vacant lots within the urban core where transpiration and utility services are available, the contradictory provision should be deleted."
Translation . . .
SOME RICH GOOFBALL THREATENS TO SWITCH KCMO RESIDENTIAL CODES SO THAT EVERY NICE NEIGHBORHOOD CAN BECOME A TINY HOME COMMUNITY!!!
This isn't old law, local zoning appointees have considered this kind of JENGA style building not so long ago and decided against it.
Again, we've got names and even more fun examples so that our newsie friends can follow-up and just about everybody in town can delve into the beeswax of sketchy developers who don't think neighborhood rules apply to them.
But what's important right now is this:
- City Staff continues to cave to developers at every turn and the question of this rule was ALREADY SHUT DOWN by the BZA. But, because deplorable boomer empty nesters don't think the rules apply to them . . . The case earned another meeting.
- Of course the urban core is growing more populated and that's mostly a good thing. However, what this move shows us is that KCMO is willing to bend over backwards to encourage "density" which really makes neighborhoods near downtown far less livable and subject to overcrowding.
- Finally, the designs of these small lot tiny homes are just silly looking post-modern garbage. KC has a great many historic structures and plenty of nice homes in the urban core . . . This redraft specifically benefits those stupid-looking warehouse-style-boxy tiny homes that look like sophomoric architectural student projects and not homes that improve local neighborhood life. Whilst they often get a tough time for keeping everything beige, better (managed) communities in JoCo usually prevent this kind of design attack on their neighborhoods.
This issue might make it all the way to council and we're hoping that, once again, the BZA might once again show a bit of backbone and force upper-middle-class real estate speculators to obey the rules for a change.
Developing . . .