Sedgwick County commissioners have sent a case involving a proposed group home back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for more discussion.
Andrea Henschel has applied for a conditional use permit to care for up to six foster children at a home near 82nd Street South and Hydraulic. She said she has had approval from the state Department for Children and Families and has made improvements in the home to address drainage issues.
Area residents have objected to the permit, saying that it is not a suitable location for a group home because of ongoing flooding and drainage issues in the area. The permit drew 91 percent opposition from the surrounding area, and it also was recommended for denial by the Haysville planning commission.
Commissioners heard comments from over two dozen people for and against the permit in a three-hour discussion Wednesday. A motion by commissioner Michael O’Donnell to deny the permit failed on a 3-2 vote, with four votes needed to override a recommendation from the MAPC. Commissioners Jim Howell and Lacey Cruse voted against the motion. Commissioners then voted unanimously to send the case back to the MAPC.