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Sent on Mormon-News: 31Aug00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Developer's 'New Urban' Development Approval Expected Today

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- An LDS Church affiliate's planned development in Kansas City, Shoal Creek Valley, is expected to be approved by the city council today. The planned development is notable because it incorporates principles of so-called "New Urbanism," including favoring walking over driving, into the development. The 1,700 acre development could eventually house 15,000 people, the offices they work in and the businesses they frequent. The development closely follows Kansas City's FOCUS master plan, adopted in 1997, and the developer, Shoal Creek Valley Development Co., LLC worked with the city's staff closely to re-write zoning laws to make it work. The city even created a new zoning classification, "master planned communities," specifically for the project. The city's development director, Vicki Notels, praises the project, calling it a model for other New Urbanism projects in the area. City Councilman Ed Ford is also impressed, "I've been familiar with this project for two years, and my reaction every time I see these developers make their presentation is still "wow." This is something that no one else in the Kansas City area can claim." In yesterday's hearing, no one spoke against the project and it is expected to pass today without opposition. Source:

KC Council to consider 1,700 acre Northland development
Kansas City KS Star 30Aug00 B1
By Mike Rice: Kansas City Star


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See also:
LDS Group Plans Major, Innovative Kansas City Development

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