KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Southern Johnson County residents opposed to a nearly 640-acre development received a small victory Tuesday night.
The Edgerton Planning Commission recommended to deny all applications related to NorthPoint Development's proposal for an industrial and commercial development.
NorthPoint requested rezoning for seven parcels of land:
- One parcel southeast of West 199th Street and South Gardner Road.
- Two parcels northeast of West 207th Street and South Gardner Road.
- Two parcels west of 207th Street and South Gardner Road.
- One parcel southeast of West 207th Street and South Gardner Road.
- One parcel northeast of West 215th Street and South Gardner Road.
Residents have come together in recent months to create two advocacy groups – Protect Rural JoCo and Warehouse Warriors – in opposition to the developments.
"We understand the growth of the area," Jenni Koch, of Protect Rural JoCo, said. "We just really want to not live next to million-square-foot warehouses."
Several Johnson County residents also spoke against the proposal at the commission’s meeting last month, stating that it would decrease property values and push small families out of the area.
The commission also reviewed a second set of rezoning applications from NorthPoint for parcels south of Interstate 35, voting 3-2 to recommend approval.
Recommendations for both development proposals will be considered at the city council's March 11 meeting.