A photo was shown at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Monday night of a giant American flag flying over Camping World’s Wichita site. The board approved a derogation on Monday to allow Camping World to fly a large flag on its planned development near the 98th and the state.
This drawing of Camping World development near 98th and State was presented at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Monday evening. To the left of the development is Menards.
City planners heard Monday night of plans for a giant American flag to fly over the new Camping World project near 98th and State Avenues.
According to the planning documents, the new motorhome dealer would be located next to Menards on the former Schlitterbahn site. The land, 12 acres south and east of Menards, is currently undeveloped. The location is also next to I-435.
Polsinelli’s attorney Curtis Petersen told the Board of Zoning Appeals that Camping World wanted a departure from a flag.
The facility called for a flag with an area of 3,200 square meters, while the basement only allowed 50 square meters. The flagpole would be 130 feet tall, about 104 feet and six inches higher than what the UG allows.
Planning director Gunnar Hand told the board that the zone code only regards flags as signs. The signs are limited in their size and height here.
The current request, he said, is 6,300 percent more than what is allowed in the code and four times what is allowed. For this reason, the planning staff recommended against the flag.
Petersen said there are hundreds of Camping World locations across the country flying the same big flag. He showed a picture of one in Wichita.
When the board mentioned the possibility of returning with a smaller flag, Petersen said, “If that flag is not approved tonight, we will be stuck with the planning committee tonight and we will lose Camping World.”
With this, BOZA approved the flag variance and some other deviations from the project with 5: 2 votes, with James Connelly and Karen Jones voting no.
Some BOZA board members feared that this could set a bad precedent for signs. The board of directors stipulated that in the event of a change of ownership, the deviation would not apply to a future owner of the property.
Later during the meeting of the town planning commission, the board approved a zone change from the agricultural area to the planned industrial area as well as a provisional platform for the area of Camping World. The development includes a 38,000 square foot building with a large plot of land for parking recreational vehicles.
The zoning will be submitted to the UG commission for approval later in the month.
In another measure, the City Planning Commission on Monday night turned down a proposal out of traffic and safety concerns to build a gas station and grocery store at 8919 Leavenworth Road, which was a former shop and restaurant.
Several residents spoke out against the location of the supermarket and the gas station. Local residents said they were very concerned about traffic and the safety of the children who live nearby. There were no public comments for it. The planning staff had recommended approval.
In other measures, the final plan review for a proposed Whataburger location at 10780 Parallel Parkway was approved without discussion.