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Prairie Village hosts first community meeting on proposed zoning regulation changes

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 06:29:48-04

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Prairie Village is asking residents to weigh in on proposed zoning changes, designed to address concerns with tear-downs.

Lots of home buyers want to move into Prairie Village, but inventory is generally low, so developers turned to tear-downs.

Ali Jones, who has lived in Prairie Village for nine years, said, “Houses are getting torn down that have character and instead these gigantic houses that tower over the other ones are being built in their place.”

A committee of local design professionals and city staff have been working together for several months to draft new regulations that would govern the design of single-family residential homes.

The city said the goal is to protect neighborhood character while balancing the changing demographics and needs of the Prairie Village community.

The city is proposing green space requirements, along with new standards for garages and windows. Read all the proposals here.

These proposed changes are in addition to the changes that were adopted by the City Council in 2016, which decreased maximum building heights and increased side setback requirements. 

Scott Koenigsdorf with Koenig Building + Restoration said he is on board with the recommendations.

“I think it would refine it a little bit and kind of level the playing field,” Koenigsdorf said.

Prairie Village is also asking for residents to weigh in by taking a survey.

Two more open houses are scheduled for July 11 and July 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.