By Wendy Hayworth
At the Planning Commission June 12 public hearing, the JCM Development LLC requested that the Planning Commission approve a rezoning application for the proposed Cobey Creek subdivision. Located at 500 SE M-150 Hwy, the 97.28 acres currently sits as AG (Agricultural) with a single family residence. The 5,000 square foot home will be repurposed as the event center/clubhouse for the subdivision.
JCM Development LLC requested that the land be rezoned to PMIX (Planned Mixed Use District) and to modify the Cobey Creek Preliminary Development Plan. The applicant asked to extend the maximum block length from 700 feet to approximately 835 feet for Road “C” (north/south, adjacent to lots 1-23) and Road “D” and 1160 feet for Road “J”, Road “K”, and Road “C” (east/west, adjacent to lots 32-58). Further, the applicant wished to add the platting of 51 lots to the first phase.
Staff recommended approval of the above requests with the provision that a 15-food wide pedestrian walkway connecting Road “J” through roads “K” and “C”. Further, development standards for the commercial pad sites will be in accordance with CP-2 district standards, single-family residential lots will meeting RP-1 district standards, and two-family residential areas will meet RP-2 district standards. Development will also be subject to recommended road improvements.
The subdivision will hold 186 single family lots, 44 two-family structures, four commercial pad sites, and eight common area tracts. The proposed pad sites will include two sit-down restaurants, one bank/credit union, and one assisted living facility. These commercial sites will be available for sale. Currently, three assisted living organizations have shown potential interest pending further development of the full project.
The main entrance will be from M-150 Highway wit the secondary entrance is between the main entrance and Doc Henry Road. It is suggested that a traffic signal be put in place, along with several turn lanes for both entrances.
Board member Don Gustafson asked about potential access via Doc Henry Road. The road in question is privately owned by the City of Greenwood. According to City Traffic Engineer Michael Park, many discussions were had concerning gaining access but that the situation was “uncooperative.”
Access via Doc Henry Road was explored but the road is privately owned by the City of Greenwood, no plans for such access are currently in place.
John Long of Grain Valley spoke during the public hearing on behalf of Long Family Trust on the south side of 150, across from the proposed subdivision. Long asked what the plan was to deal with increased traffic.
Park discussed recommended improvements to 150 including widening 150 on the north side, including turn lanes and traffic signal installation during Phase Two.
Dennis Weaver of Lee’s Summit is a co-owner of property to both the west and north of the proposed development. According to him, the developers had done a great job of keeping him informed of plans and that he supported the project.
Board member Donnie Funk moved to recommend the application for approval. The application was unanimously recommended to be sent to City Council.
Chair Jason Norbury, with Dana Arth, Carla Dial, Donnie Funk, Don Gustafson, Jake Loveless, Colene Roberts, Jeff Sims, and Herman Watson