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Pumpkin patch owners seek agritourism permit

September 10, 2013

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The owners of a pumpkin farm in southeast Douglas County are seeking a permit to host events this fall that are each expected to draw more than 100 visitors at a time.

Kirk and Julie Berggren, who own KC Pumpkin Patch at 157 E. 2300 Road, want a permit under the county's new "agritourism" zoning codes.

The farm is about one and a half miles north of the Franklin County line on the road also known as Kansas Highway 33.

The codes generally allow people to run certain kinds of businesses that attract tourists or visitors on property that is zoned agricultural without having to have the property rezoned. But for assembly-type events that draw more than 100 people, the code requires the Douglas County Commission to review the permit and hold a public hearing.

Commissioners will hold a hearing on the Berggren's permit when they meet at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at the county courthouse.

According to information from the county Zoning and Codes Department, the Berggrens were initially granted a permit in July, but that permit was rescinded because the Berggrens had checked the wrong box on the application to indicate the business would not hold events that draw more than 100 people.

The first big event planned this year, which will be the subject of the hearing, is an Oct. 5 fundraising event for the Catholic Education Foundation.

The commission will also meet at 4 p.m., but most of that meeting will be in closed-door executive session with county counselor Evan Ice to discuss matters considered protected by attorney-client privilege.

In other business, the commission will:

• Consider awarding painting contracts for two bridges in rural Douglas County.

• And review updates to county policies regarding meal expenses.

Comments

Cindy Yulich 1 year, 3 months ago

Glad the commission is reviewing this carefully. Agritourism is one thing. A "party" place with unlimited restrictions is another. I'm sure adjoining homeowners are concerned.

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