Archive for Friday, December 13, 1991

ZONING CHANGE HEADING TO PLANNERS

December 13, 1991

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission next week will consider changing city zoning laws to correct a 14-year oversight by city planners.

The Lawrence City Commission asked the commission last month to create a new type of zoning district, named RO-1b, in order to rectify a mistake by city planners that made two multifamily buildings "illegal" residences.

The planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lawrence City Commission chambers at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

Since 1977, city planners have been misinterpreting an ordinance that allows property owners to build only single-family homes, duplexes or offices in RO-2 zoning districts, said Sheila Stogsdill, city planner.

By following the density guidelines of the RO-2 district but overlooking requirements on the type of structures, the planners mistakenly allowed construction of a four-unit apartment building and an office building with three apartments.

The proposed RO-1b zoning district would allow for the four-unit apartment building at 330 Minn. and the office building at 2112 W. 15th.

The RO-1b classification also would allow property owners to build multifamily residences at the same density required by RO-2, 3500 square feet of lot area per dwelling unit, without any restrictions on building type, Stogsdill said.

Owners of current RO-2 properties would be able to request rezoning to RO-1b to give them more flexibility in developing their properties.

A total of 30 pieces of land in Lawrence are currently zoned RO-2, Stogsdill said.

City planners discovered the error this summer when they were researching the zoning of a third multifamily project for land zoned RO-2.

The city planning staff has recommended that the planning commission approve the amendments to city laws that would create the RO-1b district.

If approved, the amendments would be forwarded to the city commissioners for their consideration and action. The new zoning laws could go into effect as early as February, Stogdill said.

Here is the planning commission's agenda:

General business:

Receive and amend or approve the minutes from the Nov. 20 meeting.

Receive reports and minutes from ad hoc committees which met during the last month.

Receive communications to the planning commission from public, staff and governing bodies.

Consent agenda:

Final plan for Lot 3 of Wakarusa Center, located north and west of Clinton Parkway Nursury on the west side of Wakarusa Drive, for the development of mini-storage warehouses, office, and caretaker's residence. Plan submitted by Landplan Engineering for Robert Billings, Managing Partner for Yankee Tank Investors II, property owner.

Final plan for a 5.98-acre tract located north of Cimmaron Hills No. 3 along the west side of Harper Street, for the development of 20 one- and two-story duplexes and one existing single-family residence. Plan submitted by Landplan Engineering for Rick Zarley and Dwight Perry, property owners.

Final plat of Cimarron Hills No. 6, a one-lot residential plat of 5.98 acres located north of Cimmaron Hills No. 3 along the west side of Harper Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Rick Zarley and Dwight Perry, property owners.

Final plat of Country Club Canyon Addition, a 23-lot single-family residential subdivision of 10.96 acres, located on the west side of Country Club Terrace, north of Trailridge Apartments. Submitted by Landplan Engineers for Lyman T. Wiley, president, Lawrence Country Club board of directors, property owner.

Revised final development plan for Monterey PCD-1, located north and west of West Sixth Street and Monterey Way. The plan includes: office (3.51 acres); commercial (12.13 acres); duplex, triplex and apartment lots (7.0 acres). Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Michael D. and Sharon K. Schultz, property owners.

Final plat of Monterey Subdivision, a 27-lot mixed office and residential subdivision of 15.5 acres, located north and west of West Sixth Street and Monterey Way. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Michael D. and Sharon K. Stultz, property owners.

Public hearing:

Revised preliminary development plan for Monterey PCD-1, located north and west of West Sixth Street and Monterey Way. The plan includes: office (3.51 acres); commercial (12.13 acres); duplex, triplex and apartment lots (7.0 acres). Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Michael D. and Sharon K. Stultz.

Preliminary development plan for Wakarusa Center, located north and west of Clinton Parkway Nursury on the west side of Wakarusa Drive. The plan contains approximately seven acres, which could be used the development of a mini-storage warehouses, office and caretaker's residence. Submitted by Landplan Engineers for Robert G. Billings, Managing Partner for Yankee Tank Investors II, property owner.

Preliminary plat for Country Club Canyon Addition, a 23-lot, single-family residential subdivision, located on the west side Country Club Terrace, north of Trail Ridge Apartments. The plat includes a variance request for the length of a cul-de-sac to be approximately 244 feet greater than the permitted 1000 foot length allowed in subdivision regulations. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Lyman T. Wiley, president, Lawrence Country Club board of directors, property owner.

Consider a request for a conditional use permit to allow farm implement repair behind the existing residence on property 1.5 miles south of the city limits on the west side of County Route 1055. Requested by Pete Hermes for Darrell K. Craig, property owner.

Consider creation of an RO-1B zoning district to have a residential density of 3500 square feet per dwelling unit and a minimum lot size of 7,000 square feet.

Hear miscellaneous new or old business and hear public comments.

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