A controversial proposal to build an asphalt plant just east of Lawrence will go again before Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday.
Commissioners are scheduled to consider the final plat and site plan for a 49.3-acre tract south of East Hills Business Park. The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
LRM Industries Inc. is seeking to build a "state-of-the-art" asphalt plant at the site this year or next and a concrete plant there in the next three to seven years. LRM officials say they want to consolidate the company's operations at the site and eventually move their offices and maintenance facilities there from North Lawrence.
THE PROPOSED plant has drawn fire from neighbors, who say it would have adverse effects on the environment, traffic and land values.
With an eye to neighbors' concerns, commissioners voted in February to grant rezoning for the property with three conditions:
LRM is required to plat the property as one lot before a building permit can be issued.
LRM must finance all costs of any needed improvements on Kansas Highway 10, such as acceleration and deceleration lanes for the trucks entering and leaving the plant.
The rezoning won't become final until commissioners approve the site plan, which must include landscaping to screen the plant from neighbors and the highway and a detention pond to prevent water from running onto adjacent properties.
IN OTHER business, commissioners are scheduled to:
Consider the final plat and a use permitted upon review for Kanwaka Township Addition, a one-lot, two-acre tract on the northwest corner of Douglas County Road 1029 and Kanwaka Township Road 1700N, about a half-mile south of U.S. Highway 40. Kanwaka Township, which is buying the land from Dan O. Cain Jr., et al., property owners of record, plans to build a fire station there.
Consider a request for a variance from the county subdivision regulation that allows no more than three homes to be built on a private road. The property for which the variance is requested lies south of Wakarusa Township Road 1075N and east of Douglas County Road 458. The request was submitted by Michael and Leanna Alexander, property owners of record.
Review and consider approval of stop sign and speed limit recommendations from the county public works staff for the intersection of Douglas County Roads 1 and 1039 at Lone Star.
Consider approval of a contract for right of way for the 31st Street improvement project.