The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will hear a request for expansion from First Step House, a reintegration program for women recovering from substance abuse, during the commission's meeting Wednesday night at city hall.
First Step House is requesting a use permitted upon review permit for an expansion to 411 Minn., which is about a block away from the current First Step House at 345 Fla.
The request was made by Landplan Engineering for Lou Ann Holl, director of First Step House Assn., and Masoud and Cathy Jalali, property owners of record. There will be a public hearing on the item.
Holl said today that the expansion is needed because First Step House has had a waiting list of women trying to enter the program since it opened. She said a maximum of seven people would occupy the house on Minnesota, including the live-in director.
First Step House received a federal grant for the expansion.
THE PLANNING commission also will revisit an issue that, in slightly different form, came before them during the September meeting.
On the consent agenda, the commission will consider a request for a preliminary plat and final plat of Rancho Verde Estates No. 2, a 10-lot residential subdivision containing 41.4 acres located on the east side of Douglas County Road 458 north of Rancho Verde Estates.
The requests were submitted by Landplan Engineering for J. Stewart IV, property owner of record. In September, he requested that preliminary and final plats for 14 lots be deferred after a request for a variance to extend a cul-de-sac was defeated.
In the latest request, there are no variance requests in the preliminary and final plat applications for Rancho Verde Estates No. 2 and the size of the request has been reduced.
Also on the consent agenda, the planning commission will hear a staff report concerning Horizon 2020, a master plan for development in Douglas County and Lawrence. The master plan will update the Douglas County Guide Plan and Plan '95, both of which soon will be out of date.
ON THE PUBLIC hearing agenda, planners will:
Consider a request for rezoning of about 38 acres on the west side of Kasold Drive at 27th Street from A (agricultural) to RS-2 (single-family residence) and RM-D (residence-duplex). The property, known as Green Meadows Subdivision, was annexed by the city of Lawrence in August, and the rezoning was initiated by the planning commission in September.
Consider a request for a preliminary plat of Green Meadows Subdivision, a 66-lot subdivision on land west of Kasold Drive in the rezoning application above. Submitted by EBH & Associates for Abdalla Y. Mobaidin, property owner of record.
Consider a revised preliminary development plan for Monterey PCD-1, located on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Monterey Way, which contains 13.7 acres of commercial area, 3.8 acres of office area, 11.7 acres of multiple family area, and 11.3 acres of duplex area. The plan proposes a net residential density of 18.64 dwelling units per acre. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Michael D. and Sharon K. Stultz, property owners of record.
Consider a text amendment to subdivision regulations pertaining to septic systems and water supply. This was initiated by the Douglas County Commission Feb. 5 and deferred by the planners in March through August meetings.
Consider a text amendment regarding certification that construction occurs with an approved site plan. This was deferred from the September meeting.