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Abbey Valley Subdivision: A New Chapter in South Olathe's Coffee Creek Area

The Olathe Planning Commission approved the rezoning and preliminary plat for the Abbey Valley subdivision, a quaint neighborhood of 50 homes. With a focus on aligning with the Coffee Creek Master Plan and addressing traffic concerns, the project will enhance the area's accessibility and mobility.

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Abbey Valley Subdivision: A New Chapter in South Olathe's Coffee Creek Area

Abbey Valley Subdivision: A New Chapter in South Olathe's Coffee Creek Area

In a significant step towards modernizing the Coffee Creek area in south Olathe, the Olathe Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the approval of rezoning and preliminary plat for the proposed Abbey Valley subdivision. The project, a quaint neighborhood of about 50 homes, was met with enthusiasm and anticipation during the commission's meeting on February 13, 2024.

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The Abbey Valley Subdivision: A New Chapter in South Olathe

Situated near 167th Street and Ridgeview Road, the Abbey Valley subdivision promises to breathe new life into the area. The property, primarily used for agriculture, has maintained its rural zoning designation since its annexation in the early 2000s. However, the Abbey Valley project's alignment with the Coffee Creek Master Plan calls for a shift to residential zoning, paving the way for a more connected and vibrant community.

Addressing Traffic Concerns

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As the commission discussed the project, Commissioner Jeffery Creighton raised the concern of traffic improvements on Ridgeview Road. With the addition of the Abbey Valley subdivision, ensuring the smooth flow of traffic becomes paramount. Addressing this concern, Olathe has earmarked roughly $3 million in the 2024 capital improvement project plan for road work on Ridgeview Road.

Capital Improvements: Enhancing Accessibility and Mobility

The planned improvements on Ridgeview Road include adding an additional lane, turn lanes, roundabouts, bike lanes, and footpaths. These enhancements aim to not only accommodate the increased traffic from the Abbey Valley subdivision but also promote a safer and more accessible environment for pedestrians and cyclists. By investing in these capital improvements, Olathe demonstrates its commitment to fostering a sustainable and connected community.

As the Abbey Valley subdivision moves closer to reality, the Olathe Planning Commission's recommendation marks a crucial milestone. With its focus on aligning with the Coffee Creek Master Plan and addressing traffic concerns, the project is poised to contribute to the growth and development of the Coffee Creek area in south Olathe. The commission's decision underscores the importance of balancing progress with the needs and well-being of the community, ultimately shaping a more cohesive and livable Olathe.

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