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Disappointing delay on remedy for Wichita land-use fiasco

It seemed an obvious to-do item for the 2016 legislative session, in the wake of The Eagle’s reporting last fall: Lawmakers should close whatever land-use loophole allowed a northeast Wichita house to be sandwiched between parking lots for a new church and school without the homeowners’ notification, input or approval. So it was disappointing to learn last week that there will be no action this year on House Bill 2642, which would require neighbors be notified when a city or county “vacates” a section of street. At least the stakeholders in such situations, including builders and local governments, now are working together on a remedy. Meanwhile, additional funding donated to the church has enabled the Wichita couple to sell their home and move after all. – Rhonda Holman