Commission approves most of Overland Park annexation request

The Johnson County Commission this afternoon granted Overland Park about 60 percent of the land it sought to annex south of the city.

Landowners said they were disappointed, but vowed to continue the fight — most likely in the courts — to maintain the rural lifestyle they enjoy.

“In no sense is this a victory,” said Norman Pishny, a leader of the anti-annexation effort. The county allowed Overland Park to expand roughly to 191st Street, but extended the annexation area slightly beyond 199th Street along the west side of U.S. 69. The city had wanted to go farther south, almost to the Miami County line.

The original request would have expanded the city by 15 square miles, a land mass about the size of Leawood. The vote was 5 to 1, with Commissioner John Toplikar voting no. Commissioner Ed Peterson recused himself.