UPDATE: Monday, November 21, 2011
A proposal to build a sandpit in Park City has been pulled from the Planning Commission's agenda.
Zoning Administrator for Park City, Jack Whitson, wrote in email to KAKE News:
"After further review of the City’s Zoning Regulations it has been determined that the regulations do not allow sand mining as a use within the corporate limits of Park City. If additional uses not otherwise allowed in Light Industrial District are proposed for the property in question, those who have received notices will receive notices in the future."
The case will not be discussed during Monday's Planning Commission meeting.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
The southeast corner of 61st St. N. and Seneca is annexed to Park City but Wichita residents surround the triangular area.
"Who would want to build a $150,000 or $200,000 house right next to a railroad track?" asked Gary McCutcheon, spokesman for the neighborhood opposing the sandpit.
He does not understand why a developer was proposing to put sandpit that would eventually become a housing development.
"People usually put in a sandpit first and then build the community. We've got a well established community," said McCutcheon.
His home would be adjacent to the proposed sandpit.
McCutcheon along with dozens of neighbors fear water well problems, house devaluations, and increased traffic in an area with only two lanes.
"In 15-20 years, when it takes to build this thing, then I might not even be here, but my children could want this house too. We kind of want to preserve the area for future generations," said McCutcheon.
A developer is asking for conditional use of the annexed area that is zoned light industrial. Those proposing the sandpit said residents do not need to worry.
"I think long term, once this gets mined and the land becomes available for residential development, I don't think they'll see any kind of impact on their property values," said Tim Austin, project manager for Poe & Associates.
According to Park City's zoning regulations, "This district is established for light industrial uses which do not require large amounts of land, ...do not permit the intermixing of residential uses."
"They are still in violation of their own laws and articles of their city," said McCutcheon. "It doesn't even fit the codes and in light industrial, you can't build houses."
Residents hope their voices are heard about the project.
"We did not choose that. I mean, they're forcing that on us," said McCutcheon.
The Park City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 6110 N. Hydraulic.