Monday, December 23, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COUNCIL LADY KATHERYN SHIELDS DEFEATS DANGEROUS KANSAS CITY 'TINY LOT' ORDINANCE!!!
At the end of the year, urban core property owners earned an important victory in the fight to protect their homes.
Throughout 2019 locals have been fighting a sketchy bit of not-so-special legislation pushed by developers and a couple of local rich dudes.
KCMO ORDINANCE 190506 -WHAT IS (WAS) IT?
"City Planning and Development has put forth an ordinance to allow development on tiny lots throughout Kansas City. This proposed ordinance would undermine current lot width and zoning standards that many neighborhoods worked hard to get in our current zoning code. The proposed ordinance will affect the entire city, with many residents across the city seeing houses built 2.5ft away from their homes."
Under the radar but very important to longtime residents on the Eastside, Westside and Northeast . . . Homeowners opposed this effort and launched a valiant campaign to push back against local developer talking points promoting "density" and "momentum" along with a few other buzzwords.
IN A SURPRISING VICTORY, COUNCIL LADY KATHERYN SHIELDS CHAMPIONED A NEIGHBORHOOD WIN OVER THE OBJECTIONS OF MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS!!!
This neighborhood development fight was low key but still impacted the growing threat of gentrification to communities across KCMO.
An insider says:
"Council-member Shields showed us that she's definitely listening to neighborhoods over developers on this ordinance. She had a chance to delay it for six months but she killed it instead. The vote wasn't even close. It really demonstrated that she is the prime mover in council chambers . . ."
The ordinance failed 3-8 with Councilmembers Fowler & Bough voting yes along with Mayor Lucas.
Meanwhile, the Shields' bloc decided against the measure with council members O'Neill, Hall, Loar, Ellington, Robinson, Barnes Jr., Parks-Shaw also voting no.
In fairness, all of these council members deserve credit for standing with homeowners against local development schemes.
Of special note . . .
COUNCIL DUDE ERIC BUNCH SKIPPED OUT OF THE SESSION DURING DISCUSSION OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL TINY LOT ISSUE!!!
Analysis on the antics of this council dude who voted on a few other items that day . . .
"It was 'very curious' move. He seemingly ran away as soon as this ordinance came up for a vote. It was obvious. If you're going to talk density and work on behalf of developers, at least have the guts to vote for it. He didn't want to take hit. To me, it looked like he went into hiding on this neighborhood issue."
And so . . .
As the Kansas City building boom continues for the moment, thanks to COUNCIL LADY SHIELDS, HARDWORKING NEIGHBORHOOD ACTIVISTS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS local homeowners have earned a reprieve from real estate speculators and their ongoing irrational exuberance which continues to power the so-called Downtown Renaissance.
Developing . . .