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March 13, 2014

Leawood Village comprehensive plan developed

Leawood Village leaders are taking measures to plan for the future of the village.

A big part of its future likely will be Mercy Hospital Joplin, being built just west of the village border.

A comprehensive plan, prepared by the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, is scheduled for approval by village trustees on Monday, March 24. To help finance projects associated with the plan, a seven-eighths-cent sales tax is on the Tuesday, April 8, ballot for village residents.

Leawood Village, with a 2010 population of 682, has an area of 747 acres. It is south of Interstate 44, with Range Line Road as the eastern border and stretching west almost to Hearnes Boulevard, just to the east of the hospital location. The Joplin School District’s South Middle School is in Leawood Village.

The village was established in 1956.

A 13-member plan committee began meeting last October. A survey of residents was conducted. A public hearing on the plan was held Feb. 27.

MERCY HOSPITAL JOPLIN

Denny Desmond, chairman of the village board of trustees, said it was time to update the plan because it had been many years since it was last updated. He said the hospital was another motivation.

“Obviously, Mercy had some impact on it,” Desmond said. “It could change the landscape of the neighborhood.”

The plan also addresses the hospital development.

“In the future, the area surrounding the village is projected to experience sizable demand for land development and traffic,” reads the executive summary. “The potential growth of the area surrounding the village may render its road infrastructure inadequate.”

The hospital also is addressed in another section of the plan.

“This will create land use conflicts between the current residential land owners and future commercial developers,” the plan reads. “While these conflicts were recognized by the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Village of Leawood desires to preserve its beautiful rural/urban character.”

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