Shannon Valley ‘sober’ home plan can move forward, despite some opposition in Overland Park subdivision

Shannon Valley sober house

Some Shannon Valley residents have opposed plans to establish a "sober living" residential facility in a four-bedroom home in the subdivision, above, but Overland Park officials say the concept is protected under federal housing law and can go forward. File image.

A planned “sober living” house in Overland Park’s Shannon Valley Estates subdivision falls under federal Fair Housing Act protections and can be operated without additional use permits or hearings, city officials say.

The decision has left neighbors no clear path to continue their opposition, which included a fundraising page for possible attorney fees, a website and, briefly, a petition against the plan.