Mayor urges swift action on design guidelines as Prairie Village tear downs continue apace

The Prairie Village City Council got its first look at a set of design guidelines that would limit the size and scope of new homes built on the sites of torn down originals, guidelines that Mayor Laura Wassmer said were desperately needed as the city sees more and more houses fall.

“We’re hearing from a lot of very upset residents and rightly so,” Wassmer said of the trend of new home projects that can tower over neighbors’ existing properties. “We don’t have time to waste on this. Every day we wait, we end up with more tear down requests.”

Since 2010, the city has seen 65 new homes built in the city, 58 of them on the site of tear downs. While many of those homes seem to conform to the aesthetics of the neighborhood, a handful have used starkly different design elements or tower over a neighboring structure.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)

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