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No reason to have two zoning appeals boards

The Wichita City Council pretty much had no choice Tuesday but to do what Sedgwick County forced it to do – re-create a city-only board of zoning appeals just two years after a city-county board had replaced it. County commissioners voted in April to pull out of the joint board as of June 30, unhappy that city appointees with different “ideology” were making zoning decisions for unincorporated areas of the county. But two facts that emerged Tuesday should stun citizens as much as they clearly did council members: That even though city and county leaders meet often, the latter failed to mention to the former that they wanted to split the boards. And that the new county-only board will have only a couple of cases to handle a year. So much for seeking efficiencies in local government. – Rhonda Holman