A proposed neighborhood and retail lot planned for southern Overland Park will be seeing a few changes.
The property, called Walnut Trails, is at the southeast corner of 191st Street and Mission Road and will feature unique home designs and boast community amenities, said John Petersen, the attorney representing ALF HM Johnson County LLC.
It was rezoned in 2012 to allow for 7,000 square feet of retail and 1,808 residential lots.
At its meeting Monday evening, the council approved a few changes made to the existing plan.
Because the Blue Valley School District requested an additional two acres of land for the development of an elementary school and middle school, the developer needed to move around some streets and lots.
The developer is also building an additional access road, to meet the city’s fire code.
Also new is the addition of a clubhouse, pool and community garden.
A few Stilwell residents living adjacent to the proposed subdivision expressed their concerns about it during the public hearing.
Several were worried about the density of the neighborhood and the traffic it would cause.
One of those residents, Karen Baum, pointed out that since the area was largely undeveloped, the developer might have a difficult time selling the lots to prospective buyers.
She said she has seen numerous residential developments flop in the area, which she chalks up the fact that there are no city life conveniences, such as grocery stores or street lights.
Baum worries that Walnut Trails will face the same fate.
Petersen, however, said his client is determined to have a successful, thriving development.
“This isn’t a whimsical risk,” he told the council. “Millions of dollars have already been invested in this property and they have done their due diligence. We believe it will be high quality and unique.”
The council agreed.
“It’s an appropriate land use,” said Councilman Terry Goodman. “I think it will be successful.”