Rodrock development gets Lenexa planning committee approval
TIM BAXTER - Staff Writer
Date: 08/04/98 22:15
More than 45 members of the Shawnee Mission Radio
Control Club landed at Monday night's Lenexa Planning and
Zoning Commission meeting, worried that a proposed
135-acre housing development bordering Shawnee Mission
Park would leave their model airplanes permanently
Since 1967, the 100-member club has used a portion the
park and flown over land that Darol Rodrock plans to build.
With a personal promise from Rodrock that he will help find
and prepare a new home base, the club's flights should
experience no more than temporary delays. They had a
sympathetic ear -- commissioner Don Oppliger is a former
member of the club.
"We realize our airplanes aren't comparable with your
development," club member Bob Miller told Rodrock. "We
think this is a wonderful plan, but we also think what we do
is pretty wonderful."
Rodrock plans to build about 350 homes in the Parkhurst
community, split among three villages on the land near 83rd
Avenue and Renner Road. Prices will range from $180,000
to about $400,000.
The development was unanimously approved by the
Planning and Zoning commission Monday. If it goes through
the Lenexa City Council Aug. 18, building could begin this
Rodrock has worked closely with city staff on the project
and promised to build a detention basin to control rainwater
runoff, set aside park land for Lenexa's trail system and
provide uniform screening along houses adjacent to the
The miniature airfield was not the only obstacle in Rodrock's
path that had to be smoothed out Monday night. Planning
and zoning commissioners also heard concerns over traffic
in the area and the possible environmental impact on
Shawnee Mission Park.
Traffic issues raised by several homeowners in the area
were relatively easy to overcome. Rodrock has committed
to making street improvements aimed at reducing negative
effects of the added traffic, and the city will receive proceeds
from an excise tax from Rodrock to pay for other
Concerns also were raised by Craig Kenworthy, a Johnson
County Parks and Recreation board member, that
household or lawn chemicals from the development could
drain into the park and lake. No study has been done on the
environmental impact of the development on the lake, and
no specific problems have been identified.
Rodrock promised to include in the deed restrictions
limitations on the use of pesticides and other chemicals, but
he said he could not guarantee that some future homeowner
might misuse household chemicals.
"No one will be as concerned with the environmental quality
of the lake as we will," Rodrock said.
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