The Blue Springs City Council has approved rezoning for a new business and two new housing developments, including one it had turned down two months ago.
Council members on Monday heard from representatives of Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a company started in 2004 in Atlanta, that requested rezoning for a site north of Westbound U.S. 40 and west of Missouri 7, near QuikTrip. Tidal Wave plans a site with 34 self-service vacuums and an automatic car wash that will use recycled water. A representative estimated that the facility would employ ten to twelve people and would be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
The council also revisited a previously contested hearing. Developer Justin Larkin, who in August approached the council with plans for $300,000 senior duplexes, brought an altered proposal before the council. The council had voted down his request, on a vote of five to two, citing concerns about stormwater runoff, increased traffic and decreased property values for surrounding homeowners.
This time, Larkin requested a rezoning for 40 acres along Adams Dairy Parkway north of Major Road. One side would have 44 detached houses, while another would have 33 single-family homes.
“I appreciate that the developer took our direction,” said Council Member Chris Lievsay. “I think this is appropriate and fits the area well.”
The council voted in unanimous favor of the project.
Larkin did not comment on the cost of the newly proposed single-family units.
Randy Sallee of Sallee Real Estate Investments expressed a desire to rezone at the northeast corner of Colbern Road and Second Street, where his company wants to develop a block of 19 duplexes as part of a project called The Gardens at Chapman Farms.
This idea previously drew a split vote at a Planning Commission meeting, where four members recommended a rezoning and four did not.
“What’s happening on the south side of Blue Springs?” asked Bob Chaney, who spoke in opposition to the project. “There’s a continued increase in residential development, but still no increase in retail development. Here, we have another example of converting a general business area to a multi-family residential area.”
Despite concerns that included water runoff, the lack of a fence buffer in a high-traffic area and potential conflicts concerning shared driveways, the council voted unanimously in favor of the project.
Drawing on previous experiences with Sallee Real Estate Investments, council members stated that the developer be open to working with the city and respond effectively to input.