Several items, including a convenience store and gas station at 9001 State Ave., were approved at the Unified Government Commission meeting tonight.
Also approved 8-0 was a plan for a right-turn access into Wyandotte Plaza from State Avenue.
The planning and zoning committee had earlier denied this request for another entrance at 7560 State Ave., and it had come before the UG Commission previously, but was sent back to the planning commission. The staff raised safety concerns.
There were three stipulations put on the approval tonight: a right-turn lane will not be built; if a safety concern arises, the right-in condition could be removed; and there will be no cross-connection between Wyandotte Plaza and adjacent properties for vehicle traffic.
Also added to the stipulations was that the developer will work on a sidewalk with the nearby high-rise to the east and their properties as long as the Housing Authority cooperates.
At the meeting a presentation was given by Rob Richardson, director of urban planning and development, on how the planning department is trying to expedite issues dealing with zoning and planning in a more efficient way. During the presentation he explained to the commissioners about how the planning and zoning department works and how they have improved over the last several years.