Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas approves two separate motions during monthly meeting Friday Featured

Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas approves two separate motions during monthly meeting Friday KVOE News File Photo

Discussions regarding zoning for two separate properties highlighted the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas' monthly meeting Friday.

The RDA voted to approve two separate motions, the first requesting the zoning designation for Industrial Park IV -- located west of Emporia -- remain light industrial. According to RDA President Kent Heerman the new Emporia Lyon County zoning regulations would see the park changed to an industrial flex designation which brings several "problematic" limitations.

This includes height restrictions, parking limitations and restrictions on building accessories which differ significantly from Industrial Parks I, II and III. Heerman says the changes would mean they are unable to construct the same type of facilities within the other industrial parks.

Heerman says they have had great success in developing Industrial Park III which has led to over 1,200 jobs. He says the potential limitations would have an adverse effect on park IV.


Heerman says the RDA plans to present the motion to both the Emporia City and Lyon County Commissions in the coming weeks. He adds, they also plan to present during several upcoming Plan ELC workshops in November and December which Heerman feels will provide the RDA and others additional clarification on the impending zoning changes.

Additionally, the RDA also approved a motion regarding the so-called Price Tract which has been a major topic of conversation locally. As recently reported by KVOE, landowners Janice and Lex Price have submitted an application for a zoning change for property located in the 1500 block of Road 200 from agriculture to heavy industrial.

This would allow the land to be developed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a part certified railroad program leading to an opportunity for significant economic development. The request has now gone before the Lyon County Planning and Zoning Board after Lyon County Commissioners required further information before approving the change.

The recently approved motion again requests the Lyon County Commission change the zoning to heavy industrial with additional stipulations which would provide more oversight on what may be developed in the vicinity. Heerman plans to send the motion to the commission either Friday or Monday ahead of the commission's Oct. 31 action session when a decision on the property is expected to be made.

The RDA will reconvene in Nov. for their monthly meeting inside the Trusler Business Center.

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