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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Commissioners discuss driveway policy

  • The Leavenworth County Commission could change an ordinance that limits the number of driveways for residents in unincorporated areas of the county.
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      In other business
      When they met Monday, Leavenworth County commissioners took up the following issues:
      They listened to a quarterly report about the Emergency Management Department.
      They discussed scheduling a breakfast with local state legislators Dec. 14.
  • The Leavenworth County Commission could change an ordinance that limits the number of driveways for residents in unincorporated areas of the county.
    Commissioners discussed the issue Monday because two residents who recently purchased a home at 23451 151 St. are seeking a building permit for a garage. The permit has not yet been issued because the homeowners plan to access the garage from a second driveway at the residence.
    And the existence of the second driveway is not in compliance with the county's access management policy.
    Public Works Director Mike Spickelmier said it appears the second driveway for the property was built after the policy was adopted by commissioners in 2009.
    "In 2009, the driveway didn't exist by our records," he said.
    County officials said a permit was not obtained for the second driveway. It apparently already had been built when the current owners purchased the property in September.
    The new property owners apparently purchased the property with the understanding they would be able to build the garage.
    Spickelmier said the policy helps limit the impact of driveways on traffic.
    He said the county also has a responsibility for maintenance of culvert pipes that are installed as part of the construction of driveways.
    Spickelmier said this is the second request of its type county officials have seen in recent months.
    He said the policy does not make a distinction between thoroughfares in the county and roads within subdivisions. He suggested a change reflecting such a distinction could be drafted for the policy.
    Spickelmier said members of his department will bring a proposed modification to policy to county commissioners next month for possible action.
    He said this could open the county to hundreds of requests for second driveways.
    He said the policy was adopted in 2009 by resolution. And a change to the policy would require action from the County Commission.
    The residence at 23451 151st is part of a subdivision, and the change could address the issue that's been raised with that property.
    Spickelmier said he would let the property owners know about the proposed change to the policy.
    Planning and Zoning Director Jeff Joseph suggested the county could charge extra for permit fees for second driveways to help offset maintenance costs associated with additional culvert pipes.
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