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Sedgwick Residents Concerned About Possible Development

Posted 2/28/2018

By Pilar MartinSEDGWICK plat maps show the lots already plotted in the area of Washington and Eighth Streets in Sedgwick.SEDGWICK plat maps show the lots already plotted in the area of Washington and Eighth Streets in Sedgwick.

SEDGWICK – At last week’s Sedgwick City Council meeting, Frank Preston appeared before council, concerned about possible development in his north side neighborhood.

“About 10 days ago, neighbors contacted me wanting to know if I knew what was going on in the neighborhood behind Shelley Hales’ home that she recently sold. I wasn’t aware of any activity there. Don’t know where the project is at, if it’s gone to planning and zoning,” Preston told the council.

He spoke of his concern, and said he was representing others in the neighborhood.

“I speak for myself and several of the neighbors. I do not have a vendetta against anybody. I have gone through your ordinances and your procedures and taken out what I  feel would be appropriate to apply if I were sitting on the planning and zoning.

“You can cut down any tree you want or clear your property, but once you start building a structure, pouring concrete, that point in time the right thing to do is get a building permit. Right before the signature line on the building permit it says I hereby affirm the above standards are true and correct and agree to comply with all ordinances and laws pertaining to governing of the construction,” Preston added.

Sedgwick has only two residential zoning distinctions, R1, for single-family homes, and R2 for multi-family dwellings such as duplexes or apartments.

James and Beth Sharbutt purchased the property at 108 E. 8th from Shelly Hales, according to city officials. That property includes lots 109, 11, 113, 115, 117, 119 and 121. This is next door to Preston’s property. Last November, on a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Committee, council approved a change to the R-1 zoning, section 4, Number 1, that changed square footage of a lot for building from 7,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet. This change came about after James Sharbutt went to the zoning board and made a request.

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