SN Co. Commission rejects zoning change

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A plot of land will remain residential property in southwest Topeka.

At Monday’s meeting Shawnee County Commissioners rejected a proposal to change property zoning at 7050 SW  21st Street to allow Custom Tree Care Inc, to relocate there.

The current owners of the land, Gold Star Concrete Construction Inc, were operating in violation of Shawnee County zoning rules there for 26 years.

County Planning Director Barry Beagle told commissioners that Gold Star carried out commercial activity, using a building on the property as an office and another as a shop.

Beagle recommended commissioners to reject the proposed zoning change.

Custom Tree Care was considering buying the property, and wanted to make sure it was zoned properly.

The company was looking to move because where it has been operating, isn’t zoned appropriately either.

Beagle said the county had been collecting taxes from Gold Star based on the property’s commercial use, but didn’t know that the company was violating zoning rules.

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