Proposed landfill in south KC comes to the table Tuesday

Mayor Lucas and councilmembers declare a moratorium banning new landfills in Kansas City, Missouri until June 1, 2024.
Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 6:23 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2023 at 12:18 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The landfill development in south Kansas City is not to be put to rest, but edits to the language in the moratorium are recommended.

The City Plan Commission met Tuesday morning with several in the crowd with “Kill The Fill” shirts, buttons and signs.

Attorney Douglas Stone representing the Creekmoor Property Owners Association said during public testimony, “We just want to make sure that whatever the process is, that it is a public process, that it has benchmarks and completion dates.”

The ordinance declares a moratorium on the approval of any permits, plan review, project plans, and zoning changes for a proposed demolition debris landfill, a sanitary landfill, or a transfer station until June 1, 2024. Mayor Quinton Lucas and councilmembers Andrea Bough and Kevin McManus declared the moratorium.

Joseph Rexwinkle with the City Planning Commission said this is being done to give the city staff time to do research about best practices and the city’s overall waste-related needs, just like any other moratorium that would be put in place.

The commission recommends, after hearing public testimony and discussion amongst the group, to add that entities are not allowed to expand operations during the ban and that any existing entity with a permit be allowed to have the opportunity to renew it if it expires during the moratorium.

“I don’t think the original language captured that,” said Rexwinkle.

The public was asked to not speak about the specific landfill in south Kansas City, but the moratorium as a whole. They hope to get the chance to speak more freely about their opposition to that landfill once the recommendations are passed along.

Rick Meyers, a homeowner in the area and owner of the Stop The Lies, Stop The Landfill Facebook page, asked the city to work with the residents on this. “Where it’s across the street from a school, where it’s upstream from Longview Lake, where it’s in the middle of a population area with 40,000 homes.”

Protesters of the proposed landfill in south Kansas City will hear from KCMO city officials Tuesday morning after sharing their thoughts with the owner of Flying H Ranch and developers Saturday.

Some of the protesters said that’s a good step and they’re appreciative of local government speaking out, but this needs to all be put to rest.

The landfill site would border 147th Street, Horridge Road, 155th Street, and Peterson Road.

Local businesswoman Jennifer Monheiser spoke to the Missouri House earlier this year saying that she has a company looking to develop the landfill site there. It’s been a debate about why she is doing this since. The Monheisers own a transfer station near the Truman Sports Complex, as well.

Municipalities and organizations publicly opposing the landfill development:

  • City of Raymore
  • City of Lee’s Summit
  • City of Grandview
  • City of Belton
  • City of Peculiar
  • City of Lake Winnebago
  • Cass County
  • Jackson County
  • Lee’s Summit School District
  • Grandview School District
  • Raymore-Peculiar School District
  • Belton School District
  • South Metropolitan Fire Protection District
  • Raymore, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Belton, South KC, Harrisonville Chambers of Commerce; Cass County Coalition of Chambers
  • Lake Winnebago HOA
  • Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council
  • Raymore Parks & Recreation Board
  • Creekmoor Property Owners Association & Cooper Land Development
  • Missouri Municipal League (MML)