Some Olathe residents are worried that the town could lose its small town feel if a proposed development moves forward. A well–organized group against the proposed changes met Tuesday night to prepare for what could be a landmark decision in Olathe's future. The group calls itself the Olathe Corn ASAP, which stands for Concerned Olathe Rural Neighbors Against Satellite Annexation Process.
The group of Olathe residents is opposing the annexation of 160 acres of land that could one day have 300-700 homes on it. The addition of that many homes has the potential to double Olathe's population. The group met at the American Legion Building in Olathe to discuss plans for a town hall meeting next week.
Sufferino Valdex Jr. has approxiamately 260 acres in the county and looking to place a subdivision on his property. The whole idea of annexing his land into the town came about after Valdez asked if he could hook up to Olathe's sewer system to develop his land. Town officials said in order for him to use their sewer system he would have to be annexed into Olathe. He has decided to puruse that option.
41 people came to the meeting, which was not a meeting for them to vent and give their opinions, this was more of a chance for the members to unite and become one as they prepare to take on the Town Trustees. The group has retained John Brooks, an attorney from Montrose. Brooks put together several documents and maps. He also began preparing a list of speakers for the meeting, including opening and closing speakers.
Brooks said, “The city doesn't want to hear from flashy lawyers, they want to hear from their neighbors.” Some of the concerns residents have are with the increase in traffic and funding for things like schools and the need for more police. Mostly, residents don't want to lose their small town atmosphere.
That public hearing is 7:00 PM, Monday, January 24, at the town hall in Olathe.
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