Tuesday, July 09, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! PUSH BACK CONFRONTS KANSAS CITY TINY HOME INVASION!!! E-MAIL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED AGAINST ORDINANCE THREATENING TO OVERCROWD NEIGHBORHOODS!!!
Last month our blog community brought FIRST NEWS on the topic of a zoning switcheroo that will turn local neighborhoods into a jigsaw nightmare of muddled storage-container-matchbox-home garbage.
Now . . .
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CHECK THIS LAST MINUTE EFFORT TO BLOCK TINY HOUSE INFESTATION INTO KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOODS BY WAY OF MANIPULATING EXISTING ZONING RULES!!!
Because this is TKC, we already know the behind the scenes on this one and think it's important to share with close readers who desire more than a handful of insider scoop . . .
An empty nest dweeb is threatening his prospective neighbors with with an EPIC tiny house tower on a sliver of land that's within spitting distances of nearby houses. The vaguely rich dude wants variances, special consideration and a booty smooch because he's gracing the urban core with his presence . . . Sadly, City Staff are more than willing to accommodate in the name of "density" and out of fear. In the suburbs of JoCo they actually maintain zoning rules but here in KCMO the laws are far more "malleable" and open to argument by way of B-list $250-per-hour lawyers. Reality: This rule change question should have never made it this far. Now, a middle-class couple and a few neighbors are desperately and naïvely counting on City Council to do the right thing as a new term is set to begin. DON'T LAUGH!!! At the very least, this struggle is important for residents to watch if only because it will prove once and for all, whether or not the zoning rules in Kansas City proper are mostly just papier-mâché.
Either way, here's a more professional summary of the argument:
Dear Council Member,
As my elected city council member, I am writing you today to express my concern and to ask that you oppose Ordinance 190506. As our city continues to grow, it is important that we maintain laws that were designed to balance the interests of neighborhoods and developers. Much of the discussion in our last election was about protecting, maintaining, and strengthening Kansas City neighborhoods.
Ordinance 190506 undermines current zoning standards and will create instability in many neighborhoods in Kansas City. I think it is important that we work to restore homes and strengthen our neighborhoods with responsible infill. I am concerned that this ordinance would incentivize people to sell off parts of their yard, tear down existing homes to build new ones, and destabilize a lot of our neighborhoods. Ordinance 190506 would eliminate the law that protects older neighborhoods and people’s reasonable expectations about what can be built.
This ordinance will affect tens of thousands of lots and every council district. Homeowners deserve to have a reasonable expectation of what can or cannot be built next to their home and that development near their home will not compromise the safety of their home. Ordinance 190506 would allow for homes to be built 2.5 feet or less away from current homes, compromising the foundation of those homes and making maintenance of those homes far more difficult and expensive.
Homeowners in our city deserve to have common sense laws in place to protect their homes and neighborhoods. Please oppose Ordinance 190506 when it comes before the city council.
"If you are a resident of Kansas City, MO, we need you to send an email to your city council members.
(If you're not a resident of KCMO, we need you to send this to all of your friends who are) If you’re really feeling up for it, we need you to send an email to every council member of PZE (Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development). We need emails sent by end of day Wednesday to city council and end of day Tuesday to PZE, but the sooner the better.
Our last opportunity for public testimony is at the PZE meeting this Wednesday. If you are available to come to City Hall on Wednesday July 10 starting at 1:30, we need every person possible there to oppose this new ordinance change."
Heather Hall (PZE)
Quinton Lucas (PZE)
Katheryn Shields (PZE)
Lee Barnes (PZE)
Scott Taylor (PZE)
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