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Prairie Village is getting heated over a plan to expand affordable housing

A home under construction at 74th Place and Delmar in Prairie Village.
Andrea Tudhope
KCUR 89.3
Some aging homes in Prairie Village are being torn down and replaced with larger more expensive homes. The high cost of living prompted the city to appoint a housing committee to look at ways to address affordability and diversify the housing stock.

Some community members have expressed disproval about recommendations to modify residential zoning guidelines in Prairie Village. But others say the proposal will help the city to be more affordable, inclusive and diverse.

An ad hoc committee appointed by the mayor of Prairie Village has submitted recommendationsmeant to diversify the city's housing stock and affordability.

The plan, among other things, would change zoning rules to allow more multi-unit buildings in zones designated for multi-family housing.

Dan Schoepf, a member of Prairie Village United — a group organized in opposition to the recommendations — questioned the city's ability to mandate diversity and rent costs. And he raised concerns about expanding the use of accessory dwelling units.

Supporters of the zoning modifications, like Danny Terreros of Prairie Village for All, said the changes would diversify both the housing stock and the community.

"And I think that is definitely a positive," Terreros said.

Terreros said the proposal is one step towards repairing the damage of past redlining in Prairie Village.

“I think you need to look at it as, there have been historically structures in place systemically that prevent people of color from attaining, we would say, the same dream of the Prairie Village dream," he said.

Prairie Village will be holding multiple public forums after the new year to collect feedback and concerns from residents about the housing plan.

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