Commission votes against proposed Garmin expansion

Commission votes against proposed Garmin expansion


CENTER. KMBC 9’S ELI ROSENBERG IS LIVE IN OLATHE WITH A LOOK AT WHAT’S AT STAKE. ELI? ELI: I JUST RECEIVED A TEXT FROM INSIDE THE MEETING, THE PLAN COMMISSION VOTED TO NOT APPROVE GARMIN’S PLAN. GARMIN WANTED TO EXPAND AS SAID THEY’D NEEDED TO EXPAND. RESIDENTS SAID IT WOULD AFFECT THEIR WAY OF LIFE. GARMIN WANTED TO BUILD A 700,000 FOOT WAREHOUSE NEAR 151ST STREET AND RIDGEVIEW. TONIGHT GARMIN REPRESENTATIVES , LAID OUT PLANS FOR THE NEW WAREHOUSE. REPRESENTATIVES SAID THE CURRENT BUILDINGS ARE NEAR CAPACITY AND NEEDS NEW SPACE. AFTER THAT, WE HEARD FROM RESIDENT AFTER RESIDENT WHO CAME TO ADDRESS THE PLANNING COMMISSION. MANY SAID THEY DO NOT MIND GARMIN AND SUPPORT ANY JOB GROWTH BUT NOT AT THE PRICE OF INCREASED TRAFFIC, NOISE, AND THE VIEW FROM THEIR BACKYARD. THIS IS JUST SO FRUSTRATING. NOTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH GARMIN THE COMPANY BUT NOT SHOULD BE AT THAT CORNER. I DO NOT WANT TO TO APPROVE THIS STRUCTURE BECAUSE SOMETHING THAT SIZE SHOULD NEVER BE CLOSE TO A HOUSE. THE IMPACT TO MY RESIDENT. ELI: IF THE RESULTS, THIS NOT THE END FOR THIS PROJECT. IT IS MERELY A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE FULL CITY COUNCIL AND WITH S4-THE REVOLT IT WOULD TAKE A SUPER MAJORITY VOTE — A 4-3

2 Replies to “Commission votes against proposed Garmin expansion”

  1. I am flabbergasted that anyone would suggest that Garmin, a Swiss Corporation, should enjoy greater priority as property owner than a citizen.  At what point did the people of Olathe decide that a corporation was to be given primacy over an actual citizen?  This question is relevant due to the fact hat the neighborhoods surrounding the Garmin properties pre-exist Garmin.The restrictions in zoning were put in place to protect the residential properties and now Garmin seeks relief from the same.  Garmin representatives have told the Planning Commission for the City of Olathe that they were unaware of these restrictions until recently.  These representatives point out that the restrictions were put in place many years ago, way back in 1986.   Yes, in 1986, and at that time city officials obviously took concern for the residential properties and put forth restrictions.  I would also point out that at the time the land deal was made between the City of Olathe and Garmin in the year 2000, that the restrictions were only 14 years old.  Now 15 years later Garmin wants to plead ignorance to the restrictions and suggest they should be relieved due to their failure to complete due-diligence.  I find it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that a billion dollar company, with all the legal talent the corporation employs that they failed to complete proper due-diligence for something as significant as the proposed corporate campus.   Regardless, why would anyone believe it is reasonable to expect that I should be forced to yield protections that were put in place to protect my property, as well as that of my neighbors, so that Garmin can have their master plan – a 712,000 square foot factory and warehouse nestled tightly against residential properties?   You should consider – what precedent is set if the City Council overrides the Planning Commission and allows this monstrosity to move forward?

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