Wichita City Council votes to put off zoning changes in College Hill neighborhood until Dec. 14 meeting

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council voted 7-0 to put off zoning changes in a College Hill neighborhood. The action was deferred until the Dec. 14 meeting for more community engagement.

Happiness Plaza located at Clifton and Douglas has a parking problem and developers want to change that.

The plaza is home to “The Belmont” which gains a lot of business in the evenings, forcing people to park on the street in the surrounding neighborhood.

A plan includes constructing a new parking lot where three historical homes currently stand just south of the business. All three properties are currently developed with houses constructed between 1900 and 1930.

The district falls into Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson’s district. He made the motion to put the zoning off for a month.

“This has probably been the one zoning case, maybe two now, that I have had the most feedback. This one is unique because there has been so much support as well as objection to it which has caused a lot of really good discussion,” said Vice Mayor Brandon Johnson. “During that discussion, some things came out both from the applicant as well as the neighborhood that I think may help in this decision.”

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