Go Topeka Proposes Rezoning Compromise

By: Posted by Melissa Brunner
By: Posted by Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Leaders of a Topeka economic development group say they're changing a South Topeka rezoning plan to accommodate landowners.

Hundreds of landowners showed up for several Shawnee County Planning Commission meetings to voice concerns about Go Topeka's original proposal. It would have rezoned more than 4100 acres of land near the new Mars plant from residential to light industrial.

An effort for Go Topeka to push for the rezoning was written into an incentive agreement that brought Mars to the Capital City. The agreement also says that, if the zoning is not successful, Go Topeka would make its best effort to purchase the property.

The revisions announced Wednesday keep the areas west and north of Montara, and south of 85th street residential, but with a 10-acre lot minimum. Go Topeka leaders say it's a good compromise.

They also have downplayed the purchase clause, saying they have no intention to use eminent domain or other methods.

Go Topeka's announcement came hours before a final Planning Commission hearing on the proposal.

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