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Edgerton residents mount last-ditch effort against proposed 640-acre industrial park

Standing room only for public comment Tuesday
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Posted at 9:15 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 14:43:56-05

EDGERTON, Kan. — Residents filled Edgerton’s City Hall Tuesday, sounding off against a proposed industrial development they say would slash property values.

“It just doesn’t seem right,” Dennis Koch told 41 Action News.

Koch said his family has owned land along the Miami-Johnson County line since 1982.

“People have just moved into homes out here or built homes are going to have their property values destroyed,” he said.

NorthPoint Warehouses is asking Edgerton to rezone seven parcels of land in southwest Johnson County, amounting to nearly 640-acres, for an expanded industrial and commercial development.

During public comment Tuesday, NorthPoint representatives said the warehouses would bring hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, along with jobs, to the area. But not all are in favor.

“I think pushing small families out regardless of what their property or what they do for the community is wrong,” Brady Bannister said. “We’re going to be part of an industrial park.”

The decision was continued to the February 9th Planning Commission meeting.

That means the final decision will be pushed back to the end of February or early March, according to John Daley, Chairman of the Edgerton Planning Commission.