The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider a rezoning request that would allow a local company to move its hot-mix asphalt plant from North Lawrence to just south of East Hills Business Park.
LRM Industries Inc., 600 Lincoln, is requesting that 49.3 acres on the south side of Kansas Highway 10, directly across the highway from East Hills, be rezoned from agricultural to heavy industrial.
In its report, the planning staff indicated that both the Douglas County Guide Plan and Plan '95 indicate the area of the rezoning request is suitable for industrial development.
THE PLANNING staff recommends that the rezoning be approved, with the understanding that buffer zones to address noise and air pollution concerns would be addressed in the site planning and platting stages.
Officials from LRM, which has an option on the 49-acre tract owned by Tom and Linda Meisenheimer, have said they want to move this year or next year.
Also Wednesday, planners will consider a replat of Block 49, a two-lot, 6.69-acre tract on the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa streets. The property, zoned limited commercial district and multifamily residence district, is being developed by Duane Schwada, Lawrence.
The planning staff has recommended acceptance of the replat with several conditions, such as limiting access to Sixth Street to one point 665 feet from the east property line and the developer agreeing to widen Sixth Street to provide a left turn lane and, if feasible, a deceleration lane.
Under miscellaneous business, commissioners will consider a rezoning request for the Rock Chalk Ranch property on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. The property owners have requested that 20 acres be rezoned from agricultural to general business.
LAST OCTOBER, the commission sent the request on to the Douglas County Commission without a recommendation. But county commissioners, saying that current zoning regulations don't allow them to take action on rezoning items without a recommendation, this month decided to return it to planners.
The planning commission meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
On the consent agenda, planners will consider:
The final plat of Oread West No. 7, a replat of Lots 3, 4 and 5 in Oread West No. 6 and a final plat of an adjacent tract to the west of Oread West No. 6. This plat is a small subdivision plat containing one lot and 6.19 acres, most of which will be taken up by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's new headquarters. It is on the north side of West 15th Street, west of Research Park Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for GSCAA, property owner of record.
The final plat of George Subdivision No. 3, a replat of Lots 8 through 18, George Subdivision and Lot 2, George Subdivision No. 2, and a part of George Court right of way. This is a one-lot, 7.55-acre subdivision plat on the east side of North Michigan Street, north of the mobile home park. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Steven George, property owner of record.
The final plat of Southland Meadows No.1, a 36.68-acre county subdivision containing 13 lots on the north side of Eudora Township Road 138, about a half-mile west of Douglas County Road 1061. Submitted by Rogers Surveying for Phillip A. and Helen J. Everly, property owners of record.
THE FINAL plat of Usher Subdivision, a 1.59-acre, one-lot subdivision on the west side of Tennessee Street, north of 15th Street right of way. Submitted by BG Consultants for the property owner of record, Alpha Nu, Beta Theta Pi, Chapter House Assn. Inc.
Preliminary and final plats of Dunbar Industrial Park No. 2, a 37.35-acre tract east of Haskell Avenue and south of 31st Street. Submitted by BG Consultants for Charles H. and Loretta N. Dunbar, property owners of record.
The final plat of Boyle Addition, a .45-acre, one-lot subdivision on the east side of North Sixth Street, south of Perry Street extended. Submitted by Evans Bierly Hutchison & Associates for Edward and Patricia Boyle, property owners of record.
A replat of the 6.69-acre tract on the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa Streets. Submitted by EBH & Associates for Richard O. Nelson, property owner of record.
Public hearing items on the agenda are:
The LRM rezoning request for 49.3 acres south of East Hills Business Park.
Consideration of a text amendment to the city zoning ordinance, to create a single-family residence estate zoning district. The text amendment was initiated by planners at their December meeting.
Consideration of a text amendment to the joint city-county subdivision regulations, to require the planting of street trees in all city subdivisions. The amendment was deferred from the planners' December meeting.
Consideration of a request from the Douglas County Commission to declare sections of 10 roads in Palmyra Township as minimum maintenance roads.
Under miscellaneous business, planners are scheduled to:
Consider a revision to the final development plan for Monterey planned commercial development on the northwest corner of West Sixth Street and Monterey Way. Requested by Landplan Engineering for Mike Stultz.
Consider initiation of a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify that it includes all residential driveways and parking surfaces.
Consider initiation of a text amendment to the subdivision regulations to establish a 75-foot setback along West Sixth Street.
Reconsider the rezoning request for the Rock Chalk Ranch property on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Submitted by Edward G. Collister Jr. for property owners of record, Rock Chalk Ranch, a partnership; Max and Claudine Slankard; and Isla M. Richards.