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Homeowners in Cedar Creek raise concerns over residential development proposal

Homeowners in the Cedar Creek neighborhood raise concerns over development proposal
Posted at 5:59 AM, Apr 03, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-03 12:59:18-04

OLATHE, Kan. — Homeowners in Olathe's Cedar Creek neighborhood are voicing their concerns about a proposed rezoning plan that could lead to the construction of an apartment complex in the community.

Julie Lair has lived in Cedar Creek for nearly a decade. She said one of the reasons the neighborhood attracted her interest was the peacefulness of its surroundings.

"This is a gorgeous neighborhood," Lair said. "I can just tell you personally, every single day, I see deer running through this neighborhood."

The rezoning plan put forth by Oddo Development aims to introduce multi-family housing options inside the neighborhood.

“Most of my neighbors, I can tell you, are probably not opposed to the idea of development out here," she said. "It's just the right kind of development and sited in the right way on this property."

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The development proposal, which originally would have been the site of a hotel, was rezoned to bring in 300 apartment units, 11 townhomes and commercial space.

“I'd like to see us get to a place where the siting of this project makes sense for this lot. This is a gorgeous neighborhood, and we want to retain the beauty of this neighborhood and really the serenity of this neighborhood,” Lair said.

The city of Olathe said in a statement its officials are listening to homeowners and their feedback is appreciated.

While the full city council is expected to vote on the proposal in May, Lair said she hopes the city and neighborhood can reach an agreement.

“Hopefully, we all get to an agreement that makes sense for this property and everybody will be happy,” she said.

The next meeting in May will not be a public hearing, but the council will allow public comments regarding the project.