TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The plan to rezone more than 1600 acres in southern Shawnee County near a new Mars plant must now be passed unanimously.
County officials say three property owners filed a protest petition against the plan. They represent more than 20 percent of the land within 1000 feet of the property under discussion, which forces the requirement for commissioners to come to a unanimous vote in order to approve the rezoning.
The rezoning plan originally encompassed more than 4000 acres, but protests from landowners led to the current compromise. Many feared it would put unfair restrictions on their land. They also expressed concern that the rezoning was written into an incentive agreement with the Mars company.
Commissioners will vote in a special meeting at 6 pm Wednesday at Washburn Rural Middle School.