Garden City commissioners on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for June 5 regarding a development plan for the third phase of the East Cambridge Square housing development, which will include 16 additional single family homes in a neighborhood east of the bypass, south of Spruce Street and west of Jennie Barker Road.

Garden City Planner Melissa Dougherty-O’Hara presented a resolution calling for the public hearing at 1:30 p.m. June 5. The resolution states that those attending the hearing will consider a development plan and an ordinance establishing it.

The development, near the 3100 block of East Spruce Street, is being completed through the state’s Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID), a program through the Kansas Department of Commerce that financially assists rural developers as they build local housing. Dougherty-O’Hara said the RHID required the city to hold a public hearing to discuss the project’s development plan. The RHID program has helped Garden City create more than 200 new housing units since 2012.

East Cambridge LLC of Garden City is developing the property.

The commission also approved a preliminary copy of the project’s phase three development agreement and the conveyance of eight lots of land to the developer as part of the commission’s consent agenda. In exchange for the land, the developer will install a concrete drainage system between two lots, according to a memorandum from the commission.

The project’s phases one and two are currently under construction, Doughtery-O’Hara said. Phase three of the project will include 16 single family homes with fenced yards and landscaping that are expected to sell for about $200,000 each, she said. The resolution stated that public infrastructure improvements for the area, including those of street, water, sanitary sewer and electric, will be completed as part of the project.

Doughtery-O’Hara told the commission the developer would fund the project through private financing.

Commissioner Dan Fankhauser brought up concerns about the length and width of a street ending in a cul de sac included in the phase three project, but Doughtery-O’Hara said her team had evaluated the project to make sure it met city standards for street development.

In other business:

• Finney County resident Matthew Blood, 11, presented his proposal for a city flag. Commissioner Lindsay Byrnes thanked him and said the commission would consider opening up the discussion about a city flag to the community. Blood, who said he is a vexillologist, or someone who studies flags, asked City Manager Matt Allen if he could be placed on the agenda when he realized Garden City had no flag. He presented a flag made up of blue, white and yellow horizontal stripes and the city's logo and a small sunflower in the center, which he said represented the unity and purity of the people, the grain industry, diversity and hope. 

• Mayor Roy Cessna proclaimed May 13 to 19 as National Police Week and May 6-12 as Drinking Water Week.

• When discussing a request from Downtown Vision, Inc., to allow possession and consumption of alcohol at Stevens Park for an August First Friday event, Commissioner Melvin Dale said he was not against Downtown Vision’s request, but thought the commission should consider revisiting its approach to allowing alcohol on public property in a family atmosphere. He and the rest of the commissioners voted to approve the request.

• Commissioners approved their 2018-19 goals, through which they pledged to encourage development, expand the Garden City Regional Airport, address regional water quality and quantity, evaluate housing opportunities, diversify the city’s energy portfolio and beautify the city, as stated in city documents.


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