A rendering of a single-family home from the Leawood Country Club Partners proposal.
A rendering of a single-family home from the Leawood Country Club Partners proposal.

The Leawood Planning Commission has rejected the new development proposal for the Leawood Country Club property in Leawood, Kansas, near Kansas City.

The proposal was submitted by the Leawood Country Club Partners LLC, which purchased the former club for $1.75 million 14 years ago. A plan calling for a pool, public clubhouse, tennis courts and 23 single-family homes was approved in 2004, but the new plan, which was rejected last week, calls for 24 single-family homes and no recreational amenities.

John Petersen, the developers’ attorney, says that recreational land presents a liability, and that, quote, “no one wants to live across from a public pool.” The recession and a loss of development partners have also contributed to the reduced plan.

The [Kansas City] Star reported that a number or area residents were opposed to the removal of recreational amenities while some rejected the larger plots and houses that are out of place "with the surrounding neighborhood."

The plan is set to be reviewed by the Leawood City Council.

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