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Amid housing fight, Prairie Village residents confused by judge's contradictory rulings

More than 30 Prairie Village residents told the city council they oppose ad hoc housing recommendations, which aim to diversify the city’s housing stock.
Juliana Garcia
Shawnee Mission Post
Some Prairie Village residents circulated petitions to push back against proposed zoning changes.

PV United, a group opposed to proposals to increase affordable housing in Prairie Village, circulated three petitions that would change the city's government and zoning rules. A judge this week gave an oral ruling on which petitions could appear on the ballot in November, but later contradicted that decision in her written ruling.

Prairie Village’s efforts to expand and diversify its housing stock has resulted in a bitter fight, dividing the community.

PV United, a group opposed to zoning changes, circulated three petitions that could change the city's government structure and limit construction of multi-family housing.

On Wednesday, Judge Rhonda Mason gave an oral ruling that initially validated only the "abandon" petition, but later reversed that decision, validating the "adoption" petition only. The "rezoning" petition was not validated.

Shawnee Mission Post reporter Juliana Garcia told KCUR's Up To Date what the petitions seek to do and where things stand after the confusing ruling.

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