Action delayed on Wichita development proposal

Residents are concerned about traffic, flooding

WICHITA, Kan - Wichita city council members want more discussion on a development project in the northeast part of the city. 

A developer is asking for a rezoning of a one-and-a-half-acre lot on the northwest corner at 21st and Oliver.  A house sits on the the corner, but the developer wants to rezone it for a planned commercial development. 

Nearby residents are concerned about increased traffic and flooding problems.  City council member Brandon Johnson said the residents want to keep the residential character of the neighborhood.  The district advisory board for Johnson's District I voted 11-0 to recommend denial of the rezoning, but the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved it with a 6-5 vote. 

Johnson moved to return the proposal to the planning commission to consider some additional restrictions to address the concerns of the neighborhood.  The council voted 6-1, with Pete Meitzner voting no, to send it back for discussions.  Meitzner raised questions about drainage during the council discussion. 

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