Scaled-Down Rezoning Plan Advances

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A scaled-down rezoning plan for south Topeka is on its way to the Shawnee County Commission.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend its approval at their meeting Monday night, following more public testimony on the compromise plan.

The new proposal includes 1610 acres in 25 parcels near the new Mars Chocolate plant. The original plan had nearly 4100 acres encompassing 110 parcels changing to light industrial. The large scope drew protests from affected landowners, who said it would reduce property values and unfairly impact what they could do to improve their land.

Doug Kinsinger, President and CEO of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Go Topeka, says he's happy the groups could work with landowners to reach a compromise that was acceptable. He said he believes the rezoning will help with future economic development.

The Shawnee County Commission will consider the issue on its April 11th agenda.


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