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Prairie Village puts off Mission Chateau decisions

The Prairie Village City Council has postponed decisions on the proposed $50 million Mission Chateau senior living development at the request of an attorney representing developers.

Council members were slated Monday night to consider the development’s final plat and a request for an extension of its special use permit, but those decisions have been delayed until at least Jan. 5.

“The applicant would request that both of these matters be continued until the Jan. 5 meeting to give us an opportunity to have additional discussions with some of the stakeholders regarding the issues,” said Timothy Sear, of the Overland Park law firm, Polsinelli, which represents project developers, the Tutera Partnership, MVS, LLC.

Joe Tutera, of the Tutera Partnership, attended Monday night’s meeting, but did not address the council. There were no public comments on the development, and council members unanimously approved pushing decisions back until early next year.

The proposed 350,000-square-foot retirement community, located on an 18.4-acre site of the former Mission Valley Middle School at 8500 Mission Road, is to be a mixed-use senior residential community, offering varying residential housing options, including independent and assisted living.

However, progress on the development has been delayed by pending litigation.

The Mission Valley Neighbors Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging Prairie Village’s decision to issue a special use permit for Mission Chateau.

A Johnson County District Court judge ruled in favor of the city, and denied a motion to reconsider. The case now rests with the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Plaintiffs contend the city prevented homeowners near the proposed development from signing a protest petition against the special use permit, which could have affected a narrow council passage of the permit, a 7-6 vote.

Sear said Monday night that his clients hope to resolve issues outside of court.

“We think that there may be some opportunities to have some additional discussions with the neighborhood group about issues relating to both the extension of the permit and the possible fine-tuning of the plat,” he said. “We’ll be meeting with them and other stakeholders.”

Briefs have not been filed in the case with the Court of Appeals, he said, and a decision could potentially be a “year or multi-year process.”

Sear said a meeting has been scheduled with the concerned property owners, though he didn’t want to comment on when that meeting will take place. He conceded that development issues with neighbors have become a “complicated matter,” and ironing out all points of contention before Jan. 5 might not be possible.

“Even as hopeful as you are that things can get resolved, I doubt that there would be a complete resolution by that date,” he said. “But, hope springs eternal and what we’re hoping for is at least the beginning of those discussions.”

The city’s planning commission, according to information provided to council members, recommended the City Council approve Mission Chateau’s final plat. The final plat addressed conditions the planning commission raised with the preliminary plan earlier this year, according to the information.

The planning commission also recommended the council extend the development’s special use permit by 14 months, after litigation has been resolved.