The city-county planning commission Wednesday unanimously approved amendments to the city code pertaining to trash storage sites, air-conditioning units and lighting in Oread Neighborhood.
The amendments, which the city commission must consider, were recommended by a planning commission ad hoc committee late last year after meetings with Oread residents.
One amendment calls for the assistant public works director to approve size and location of new trash receptacles or any modification of existing units.
A second amendment would require that electrical transformers and air-conditioning units be shown on site plans, and that the equipment be out of view from the street.
A third amendment would require builders to provide information on screening and other measures to prevent light glare in the neighborhood.
ALL THREE amendments apply to construction or modification of an existing building that requires site planning. Site plans typically are required on buildings that are four-plexes or larger.
After adopting the amendments, the commission also authorized an ad hoc committee chaired by Mary Prewitt to look at additional regulations on outdoor lighting.
Adopted an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance pertaining to standards for parking spaces for people with disabilities. The amendment establishes a table for determining the minimum number of parking spaces needed for people with disabilities and brings the standards into compliance with the American National Standards Institute standards.
HEARD a staff presentation on the status of the Downtown-Northeast Lawrence Development Plan, which involves the area between the Kansas River on the north, Thirteenth Street on the south, Tennessee Street on the west and areas east of Haskell Street on the east. Planners Linda Finger and Sheila Stogsdill told commissioners they were gathering information to help with decisions about where the proposed Eastern Parkway will tie in to downtown Lawrence. Information gathered also will be used in Horizon 2020, a long-range planning study the commission is undertaking, and in preparation for new businesses coming into the area because of Riverfront Plaza.
A final plat of the Palace Addition, a two-lot commercial subdivision containing .135 of an acre after approving a variance to the 100-foot depth requirement for C-3 zoning because the subdivision has only a 58-foot depth. The property is on the northwest corner of Eighth and Massachusetts. It was submitted by Landplan Engineering for John M. McGrew, Johnny B. Ezell, Gary Rauckmann, and Robert F. Brown, partners in 8 W. Eighth Patnership, property owners of record.
A TEXT amendment to the subdivision regulations requiring the distribution of special assessments prior to approval of replats or lot splits. Initiated by the planning commission on Dec. 19.
A revised final plat of Brady Subdivision, a one-lot commercial subdivision of about 1.47 acres. The property is commonly known as Brady Chiropractic Offices, 1104 E. 23rd. Submitted by John A. Baxter for James Timothy Brady, property owner of record.
A final plat of Poehler Addition, a two-lot industrial subdivision containing about 2.464 acres. The property is between Eighth and Ninth streets, east of Delaware Street (extended). Submitted by Evans, Bierly, Hutchinson & Associates for James D. Schwada, president, Industrial Square Corp., property owner of record.
A final plat of Cox Subdivision, a replat of lots 5 and 6, Simpson's Subdivision in North Lawrence. This four-lot residential subdivision contains 0.8196 of an acre. The property is between Walnut and Ash streets and west of North Eighth Street. Submitted by John A. Baxter for Gayle D. Cox, property owner of record.
A FINAL plat of Coronet Subdivision, a replat of lots 4 through 9, Colt Subdivision, contains one lot and 4.004 acres on the south side of West 31st Street, east of Armstrong's Subdivision. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Toni J. Trimble, property owner of record.
A final plat of East Heights Addition, a replat of lot 11, Smith's Place No. 2, and lots 2, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. Smith's Place is a one-lot subdivision containing 2.141 acres. This residential subdivision is between East 14th and 15th streets, east of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad tracks. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Phil and Elizabeth L. Harrison, property owners of record.
A final plat of South Hills No. 6, a replat of a portion of 25th Street right of way in South Hills No. 2. This one-lot residential subdivision contains .244 of an acre, and is west of Ousdahl Road at 25th Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Alan G. and Susan D. Hack, James L. and Alison J. Nye, and Paul F. and Mary Lou Miller, property owners of record.