Metropolitan Area Planning Commission to consider 21st and Oliver rezoning

WICHITA — Attorney Bob Kaplan has modified his rezoning request for 21st and Oliver.

He had been seeking limited commercial zoning with a protective overlay at and near the northwest corner, which would allow for only two uses: a convenience store and fuel stop on the corner and a pharmacy and drug store on the other lot.

It sounds like CVS may be the pharmacy, but Kaplan wouldn’t discuss specifics on either of the businesses when Have You Heard? reported on the issue in October.

Kaplan is representing the Mike Marks family, which owns the northwest corner property, and Rip Gooch, who owns the lot to the north.

The issue will come before the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission again Thursday. When it came up the last time, the commission voted 7 to 4 against recommending the rezoning.

“I amended the application to make an attempt to meet the objections,” Kaplan says.

He’s now asking for neighborhood office zoning, which he calls “a much less intense district.”

“The only retail I kept was the pharmacy drug store, which several people indicated they wanted. Other than that, I lowered my expectations to just neighborhood office and medical only.”

A convenience store is no longer up for consideration.

“That seemed to be a big objection,” Kaplan says. “The staff says (the corner) has a neighborhood feel. I don’t know what that means.”

He says it’s a highly busy arterial intersection.

“It’s ripe for some kind of development other than a single family home,” Kaplan says. “It’s that simple.”

He hopes the neighborhood office change will be enough.

“Hopefully, that will meet the objections,” Kaplan says. “So we’ll try that … and see where that goes.”