NEAR HWY. D/RUNNING HORSE ROAD INTERSECTION
A new neighborhood project could soon be on the way.
A major residential district is planned for the area near the intersection of Running Horse Road and Hwy. D (120th Street).
The area is roughly two miles south of the city limits of Platte City in unincorporated Platte County. Currently the property is farm land and timber-covered ground.
Known as Running Horse Village, the new neighborhood is planned to include 110 single family homes, 33 duplexes and five commercial lots.
The location is at the northwest corner of the Running Horse Road and Hwy. D intersection.
There are roughly 71 acres involved in the planned development, with 66 acres of residential zoning and five acres zoned for highway commercial lots.
Developing the property will be Sky Hopper Landings, LLC, which is a David Barth-owned company.
“What a great location. We’re excited about it,” Barth said in a conversation with The Landmark this week.
The proposed development is near Interstate 435, which Barth said provides convenient access.
Barth said the price point for single family homes in Running Horse Village will range from $450,000 to $650,000.
The 33 duplexes, he said, will be ranch-style, with 2-3 car garage ranch plans. A lot of the single family homes will be reverse-ranch, the developer said.
Modern plans will offer four different designs for buyers to choose from, he added.
Plans call for it to be a maintenance-provided neighborhood, Barth indicated.
The rezoning of the property and preliminary plat were approved by the Platte County Planning and Zoning Commission at its June meeting by a vote of 7-2. Final approval goes in front of the Platte County Commission later this month.
After final approval, Barth said the next step is to go into full engineering mode. Currently much of the property is planted in corn, which is typically harvested in late summer/early fall, so Barth said the timeline will mean the project is in full swing in 2024.
Homes will be going up in phases. The plan is for three phases, with roughly 35 homes in each phase, he said.
Barth said it is not yet known what types of businesses will eventually occupy the five acres of commercially-zoned property. The commercial portion will be right at the intersection of Hwy. D and Running Horse.
He explained the plan is to get rolling with the residential phases first.
“We will start with residential homes and duplexes. We don’t have a tenant or a purchaser lined up,” for the commercial lots, he said, indicating typically the specific commercial interests will develop after the residential development is well underway. “We are not in negotiations with anybody on the commercial at this time,” he said recently.
Barth pointed out that eventual plans for each of the five commercial lots would need to come back to the county for approval as those plans develop.
There will be two entrances for the development, one off of Running Horse Road and the other from Hwy. D.
Jason Halterman, assistant director of Platte County Planning and Zoning, said the proposed entrance from Running Horse Road is approximately 750 feet north of the Running Horse/Hwy. D intersection, and the entrance from Hwy. D is about 500 west of the Running Horse Road/Hwy. D intersection.
There is an existing entryway for the existing subdivision known as Running Horse, which is expected to get minimal crossover traffic from Running Horse Village, the newly planned neighborhood.
“As far as Running Horse Village traffic traveling through the existing Running Horse subdivision, the proposed neighborhood connections will provide additional entrance and exit points for both subdivisions. There will be some crossover traffic for both neighborhoods but it is anticipated to be minimal,” Halterman said.
Area roadway improvements are included as a part of the proposed neighborhood.
“We’ve agreed to major improvements on Running Horse Road, we knew we would have to do this,” Barth said.
As a result of a traffic study that was conducted for the area, Barth will be required to install the following:
*A southbound travel lane along the property frontage on Running Horse Road, which would widen this section of Running Horse Road to three lanes.
*Install a westbound right-hand turn lane on Hwy. D/NW 120th Street at the Running Horse Road intersection.
*Install an eastbound right-hand turn lane on Hwy. D/NW 120th Street at the entrance ramp onto southbound I-435.
The county is requiring that the developer install a 10-ft. wide public trail along Running Horse Road to the specifications of the Platte County Parks and Recreation Department.
Prior to the rezoning, the property was zoned planned industrial. The general area surrounding the property that is to become Running Horse Village is composed of a mixture of different land uses, ranging from undeveloped tracts, large lot residential, high density residential, multi-family residential and an industrial use.
The property is bordered to the north by 12 lots within a first plat and a 27-acre unplatted future phase of an existing subdivision known as Running Horse, which is zoned single family high density.
To the south is Hwy. D/120th Street, which is an asphalt surface road maintained by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Running Horse Road, an asphalt road maintained by the Platte City Special Road District, borders the property on the east.
Other subdivisions in the general area include Brookfield, Lakes at Oakmont, Hills of Oakmont and Johnston Acres, all of which are zoned single family high density.
Located to the northeast of the property is the Fox Creek neighborhood, which is zoned residential multiple dwelling.
Seven Bridges, along Hwy. N, is located northwest of the property.
All public entities have signed the planned residential district application indicating their ability to provide service to the proposed neighborhood. Those entities include Timber Creek Sewer Company, Public Water Supply District No. 4, Platte County R-3 School District, Central Platte Fire Protection District, and Northland Regional Ambulance District.
The cities of Platte City and Kansas City were also provided a copy of the planned residential district and offered no comments, Halterman said.