WICHITA, Kan - The Wichita city council has approved an annexation of 15 acres of property into the city limits, and developers are planning to build a tiny home neighborhood with 90 lots.
The project from Murfin Acres, LLP is planned for a site southwest of the intersection of 143rd Street East and Harry. Nearby residents voiced objections to the council, saying the development would create traffic problems and lower property values. One resident, Bob Schuster, said "a financial train wreck is coming," and resident Russ Hanker told the council that people he has talked to have agreed to pursue a class action lawsuit against the city if the annexation is approved.
Council members struggled with the proposal and Mayor Jeff Longwell asked if there was a legal basis to deny the annexation. City attorney Jennifer Magana said she had not heard anything in the proposal. After a 15-minute executive session, council member Pete Meitzner said the development met all of the legal requirements, and he moved to approve the annexation. The council then voted 7-0 for approval.