The El Dorado City Commission heard about interlocal agreements and regulation of land at their meeting July 21.


The El Dorado City Commission heard about interlocal agreements and regulation of land at their meeting July 21.

“The state of Kansas allows cities and counties to enter into local agreements and the city regulates the zoning within a three-mile radius or somewhere around that in unincorporated county, area but adjacent to the city,” said Herb Llewellyn, city manager.

Llewellyn said he wanted to introduce this information to the commission.

“You have even put some things in place, such as people outside of the city on the Planning Commission,” he said. “You’ve just never gotten the agreement.”

The agreement would allow the city, in conjunction with the county, to control the zoning around the city in the county.

“We still have to describe the area and that will be based on when you review the map and see if that is where you want the lines or to change the lines,” Llewellyn said.
“Then we will go to the County Commission.”

This would be the same type of agreement the county has with Augusta and is common in other parts of the state.

“They’ve (the county) done it before and I think they will do it again,” Llewellyn said. “They will probably have questions about the map.”

The current map for this is tailored to that three-mile area, trying to focus on where they thought the city was growing.

“We maybe went a little far west anticipating that corridor between El Dorado and Wichita,” he said.

“You may want to consider protecting that by controlling the zoning and working with the county to make sure what goes out there isn’t a detriment to the appearance of the city.”

Mayor Tom McKibban mentioned that El Dorado has been identified by the city and Wichita Economic Development as a “great place for industrial development.”

“I just think it’s something we need to do before we get anything else coming in,” McKibban said.

Commission David Chapin suggested they run the map through the Planning Commission to get their opinion on it and then bring it back to the city in two weeks.