Ordinance No. 231047, related to certain Chapter 88 amendments, was introduced on December 14. This included modifications to what would be considered major amendments to a development plan. It strikes the number of feet related to height or square footage or floor area, but leaves in only a percentage. That means the bigger, the more permitted changes with being a minor amendment with less approval oversight.

There is a concern that modifications increase the risk of Pandora effect if development plans carefully put in place are not followed and allowed to be unilaterally modified by the Director of City Planning negotiating directly with developers. Once a serious deviation is approved, every developer after that will replicate it and go even higher. It could lead to a collapse of overlay ordinances in Kansas City neighborhoods and is a threat to area planning.

See HKC’s testimony at the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee hearing on January 10th HERE.