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Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 1990

CITY CITES HIGHWAY PLANNING NEEDS

November 14, 1990

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Lawrence city commissioners say it's time to take steps to regulate new development along the south Lawrence trafficway corridor.

The commissioners raised the issue at their Tuesday meeting during consideration of a site plan for an office and warehouse building. Commissioner David Penny, who is out of the country, did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

The office-warehouse would be located on the southeast corner of 31st and Haskell, which is adjacent to the proposed trafficway route.

Douglas County voters last week approved a $4 million bond issue for the trafficway, but completion of the road isn't expected until 1995 or 1996.

The city and county commissions, in discussions prior to the bond election, had indicated their desire to keep a wide buffer of greenspace, where possible, along the entire length of the 14.1-mile trafficway.

THE SOUTH Lawrence Trafficway Corridor Land Use Plan, adopted in 1989 by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, calls for the city and county to require building and parking setbacks of 150 feet from the right of way for new development along the trafficway.

Commissioners unanimously approved the office-warehouse site plan, but noted that the plans may have to change to fit setback requirements if the site is not developed by the time construction of the trafficway begins.

"I have a little more than mild concern that we not proceed with too many more developments without really addressing what we need to protect the right of way of the trafficway as it's proposed," Commissioner Mike Rundle said.

Added Commissioner Bob Schumm, "I'm concerned, like Mike is, that we're going to have a rash of site plans coming in here that aren't going to allow for this setback. Then we're kind of stuck with that particular situation, and we create a planning mess for ourselves."

PLANNING Director Price Banks said that until the precise route of the trafficway is developed, through surveying, design and engineering, it is difficult to address the situation. But he and other city staffers will work this week to develop recommendations to address the commissioners' concerns.

In other action Tuesday, the commission:

Introduced Chessa Bieri, a junior at Lawrence High School, as the school's student representative to the commission.

Proclaimed Thursday as "The Day of the Great American Smokeout in Lawrence."

In an single motion, the commission unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:

Minutes from recent meetings of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, Historic Resources Commission, Mental Health Board and Traffic Safety Commission.

Payment of city expenses.

AWARDING a contract for construction of a metal storage building at the Kaw Water Treatment Plant, Third and Indiana, to John Wright Construction Co., which submitted the low bid of $126,358; purchase of a "vap-o-root" root control unit from Randell Manufacturing, which submitted the low bid of $14,886.

Authorizing the mayor to sign a rental rehabilitation agreement for 1128 Pa.

Waiving the 30-day waiting period for demolition of the Dairy Queen building, 1835 Mass.

A temporary use permit for Christmas tree sales at Harwood Putt-Putt, 3107 Iowa.

A temporary use permit for Christmas tree sales at Alvin's IGA parking lot, Ninth and Iowa.

A request from First Free Methodist Church, 31st and Lawrence Avenue, for an extension to complete paving of a parking lot.

A Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to approve a 20 mph school zone on North Michigan adjacent to Douglas County Christian School.

A Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to approve relocation of a bus loading zone on the northeast side of North College Drive.

A TRAFFIC Safety Commission recommendation to approve removal of parking on a portion of the west side of Tennessee Street south of 19th Street.

A Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to deny removal of parking on Pin Oak Drive from North Minnesota to North Michigan.

A Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to approve moving speed limit signs on Country Club Terrace to more visible sites.

A request from Douglas County AIDS Project to sponsor a candlelight walk from the South Park gazebo to city hall at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 18.

After removing the following items from the consent agenda for discussion or clarification, the commission:

Unanimously approved amended minutes from the commission's most recent meeting.

Approved, on a 3-1 vote with Commissioner Mike Rundle dissenting, a request from First Fuel Bank for a site plan revision deleting a requirement that stop signs be posted for traffic leaving the site onto Ninth Street.

AFTER DISCUSSING the following regular agenda items, the commission:

Unanimously approved a site plan for an office and warehouse addition to Lot 1, 1300 Haskell.

Unanimously approved a site plan for Scanning America, a computer service office, to be located on Lot 2, Oread West No. 4.

Unanimously approved a use permitted upon review request to operate a another First Step House, a reintegration program for women recovering from substance abuse, at 411 Minn.

Unanimously approved a request to rezone approximately 38.5 acres from A (agricultural) to RM-D (residence-duplex) on the west side of Kasold Drive at 27th Street.

Unanimously approved a revised preliminary development plan for Monterey PCD-1, Sixth and Monterey Way. The planned commercial development contains 13.71 gross acres of commercial area; 3.81 acres of office area; 11.74 acres of multiple family area and 11.30 acres of duplex area.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the subdivision regulations, amending the criteria used to review and approve septic systems and water supply systems. The text amendment will have no bearing on development within the city, city planners said, but the commission's approval is required because the subdivision rules are joint city-county regulations.

UNANIMOUSLY approved a request from David Rinke, 3809 Pinnacle Circle, to operate a limousine service in the city.

Received a letter from the Convention and Visitors Bureau asking that the city budget be amended to reflect $13,100 in increased transient guest tax collections for 1990. The matter is set for a public hearing on Nov. 27.

Unanimously approved a request from Presbyterian Manor to conduct a public hearing Dec. 11 on its "Master Indenture" refinancing program. The city issued $5.5 million in two industrial revenue bond issues to Lawrence Presbyterian Manor during the 1980s. Now, Presbyterian Manors Inc., the parent company, is trying to consolidate the debt of all of its health care facilities under a $47.5 million health care facilities revenue bond package issued by the city of Wichita. The company needs the approval of the Lawrence City Commission to refinance the $5.5 million in local bonds.

Received a recommendation from the Mechanical Code Task Force calling on the city to implement the Uniform Mechanical Code in Lawrence. Commissioners set a study session for Dec. 17 to discuss with the task force its recommendations.

Unanimously approved a Traffic Safety Commission recommendation to send a letter to the Kansas Department of Transportation asking officials to investigate the need for a traffic signal at 23rd and Harper.

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