The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a rezoning request for a hot-mix asphalt plant south of East Hills Business Park.
But commissioners, responding in part to concerns expressed by several neighbors at Wednesday's meeting, decided to scale down the rezoning proposal and called for the property to be screened on all four sides.
LRM Industries Inc., Lawrence, asked for 49.3 acres south of Kansas Highway 10 to be rezoned from agricultural to heavy industrial. Howard Hasler, LRM vice president, said the company wants to consolidate its operations at the site, building an asphalt plant there this year or next year, and a concrete plant there in the next three to seven years.
LRM RUNS an asphalt plant and maintains its offices in North Lawrence, and operates a concrete plant near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.
In its report, the planning staff said that both the Douglas County Guide Plan and Plan '95 indicate the area of the rezoning request is suitable for industrial development.
But several neighboring landowners said they didn't think the asphalt plant is suitable at all.
"I'm for Lawrence's growth, too, but I don't want to look at the back side of an asphalt plant," said Bruce Unfred, who lives south of the site.
Planners voted 8-1, with Commissioner Norbert Grosdidier opposed, to approve rezoning for about the northern two-thirds of the property. Commissioner Steve Glass, who is president of LRM Industries, left the table during discussion and consideration of the item.
In their motion, planners said they would recommend that the Douglas County Commission approve the rezoning only with the understanding that LRM address the screening concerns in the site planning and platting stages.
In other business, planners:
Approved a text amendment to the city zoning ordinance, adding a single-family residence estate district (RS-E) and an estate planned residential district (PRD-Estate). Construction of two homes per net residential acre would be allowed in PRD-Estate districts, and the minimum lot size would be 20,000 square feet in RS-E districts. The lower density of these zoning districts would allow more flexibility in the placement of homes in areas with unusual natural features or uneven terrain.
Voted 9-1, with Commissioner Bernard Judge opposed, to approve a text amendment to the joint city-county subdivision regulations, requiring the planting of street trees in all city subdivisions. Judge said he thought planners should table the item and consider revising the amendment.
Voted 8-2, with Commissioners Grosdidier and Mary Anne Chambers opposed, to table consideration of a request from the Douglas County Commission to declare sections of 10 roads in Palmyra Township as minimum maintenance roads. Planners said they need to contact county staff for more information.
UNANIMOUSLY approved a revision to the final development plan for Monterey planned commercial development on the northwest corner of West Sixth Street and Monterey Way. Under the revised plan, the side yard setback requirement is reduced from 20 to 10 feet for the duplexes to be developed on lots north and west of the commercial development. Requested by Landplan Engineering for Mike Stultz.
Unanimously voted to initiate a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to clarify that it includes all residential driveways and parking surfaces. A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held at the planners' Feb. 28 meeting.
Unanimously voted to initiate a text amendment to the subdivision regulations to establish a 75-foot setback along West Sixth Street. A public hearing will be held at the planners' Feb. 28 meeting.
VOTED unanimously to defer for one month reconsideration of 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 the property owners of record, Rock Chalk Ranch, a partnership; Max and Claudine Slankard; and Isla M. Richards.
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 send the request back to planners.
Voted unanimously to initiate an amendment to the planners' "lesser change table," reflecting the creation of the single-family residence estate district. A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held at the planners' Feb. 28 meeting.
On the consent agenda, planners:
Unanimously approved 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 the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's new headquarters. It is located on the north side of West 15th Street, west of Research Park Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for GSCAA, the property owner of record.
Unanimously approved 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.
UNANIMOUSLY approved 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.
Approved 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. The plat was approved on a 9-0-1 vote, with Commissioner David Evans abstaining.
Approved 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 plats were approved on a 9-0-1 vote, with Evans abstaining.
Approved 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, the property owners of record. The plat was approved on a 9-0-1 vote, with Glass abstaining.
AN ITEM that was removed from the consent agenda was a replat of Block 49, a 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.
The property, zoned limited commercial district and multifamily residence district, is being developed by Duane Schwada, Lawrence.
Planners unanimously approved 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.