The Leavenworth County Commission has approved a resolution designed to deal with letters that were issued by mistake by previous county staff members.

The Leavenworth County Commission has approved a resolution designed to deal with letters that were issued by mistake by previous county staff members.

The resolution, which was unanimously approved last week, was prepared to deal with letters indicating houses can be built on specific lots, even though the properties are not considered to be in compliance with county regulations. The letters were written by former officials with the county’s Planning and Zoning Department.

The resolution also will make it possible for people to rebuild on non-compliant lots after houses have been destroyed by fire.

Under the resolution, property owners will be able to obtain building permits as long as they also apply for variances for the non-compliant properties.

“That’s the only way to make it legal,” Jeff Joseph said.

Joseph is the current planning and zoning director for Leavenworth County.

He said the variances will be a permanent solution.

Property owners in this situation will not have to pay a $300 variance fee. Commissioners approved an earlier resolution that waived the fee in these type of cases.

Variance applications will go before the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

If variances are not approved for the non-compliant properties, the building permits will still be honored. But the status of parcel letters for the properties will be placed on file with the Planning and Zoning Department and the Leavenworth County register of deeds.

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