Archive for Monday, August 17, 1992

PLANNERS OK QUARRY EXPANSION

August 17, 1992

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday night unanimously approved a request to expand the Martin Marietta Aggregates rock quarry, northwest of Stull on the Douglas-Shawnee county line.

The planning commission approved a conditional use permit that would allow Martin Marietta to add an 80-acre tract to its quarry operations.

However, required setbacks from the surrounding property will limit new areas of digging to a maximum of 18 additional acres, according to the proposal. With the addition, 530 acres are minable.

Wint Winter Jr., a lawyer representing Martin Marietta, said the proposal was a "win-win" situation for the quarry and surrounding property owners.

The Douglas County Commission in December 1990 approved a 30-year conditional use permit for Martin Marietta to establish a 720-acre limestone quarry along both sides of County Road 442, also known as Stull Road.

THE PLAN was approved with 22 conditions attached.

Winter said the additional land would have been requested with the original proposal, but the previous owner would not sell it. He said the addition would be the last land expansion sought by the quarry.

He said the addition would enable the quarry to increase its output by 2 percent to 3 percent without affecting nearby property owners or travelers on nearby roads.

The planning staff approved the request for additional mining areas with restrictions similar to those in the current conditional use permit.

IN OTHER business, commissioners:

Unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:

Final plat of Colonial Addition, a 54-lot residential subdivision containing about 36 acres. The property is located south of Sixth Street and west of Wakarusa Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Bob Billings, agent for Alvamar Inc., property owner of record.

Final plat of North Star Subdivision, a one-lot industrial-office subdivision containing about 5.79 acres. The property is located on the northeast corner of West Second Street and McDonald Drive. Submitted by EBH & Associates for Roger N. Harris, member, Star Group L.L.C., property owner of record.

Public hearing items:

Unanimously approved the final plat of Lake Estates No. 4, a replat of lot 2, Lake Estates Subdivision No. 2. This four-lot county residential plat contains approximately eight acres. The property in the replat is on the south side of Yankee Tank Overlook Road, about 1,000 feet east of County Road 13. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for John S. and Ann H. Bush, property owners of record. A public hearing will be held to consider a variance request for the length of the proposed cul-de-sac known as Yankee Tank Overlook.

Unanimously approved a request to rezone about 1.237 acres south of 17th Street and east of Harper from RS-1 (single-family residence) to RS-2 (single-family residence). Requested by Landplan Engineering for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Inc., property owner of record.

Non-public hearing item:

Unanimously approved the final plat of Habitat Neighborhood addition No. 2, a six-lot residential subdivision that contains about 1.237 acres on the southeast corner of Harper and 17th streets. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Robert Cobb, president, Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Inc., property owner of record.

Resumed public hearing:

Unanimously approved a Use Permitted Upon Review request for Project Acceptance Inc., a mental health consumer self-help and advocacy program, to be located in the existing structure at 407 Maine. Requested by Bill Simons for Project Acceptance, and Charles Crawford, property owner of record.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the joint city-county subdivision regulations to require the location of the nearest section and-or quarter section corner be shown on a plat. Initiated by the planning commission at its July 22 meeting.

Unanimously approved an amendment to the Douglas County Guide Plan reflecting revisions to rural sewer districts. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the zoning regulations for the unincorporated territory of Douglas County, specifically to revise the minimum lot width requirement in the A-1 (suburban home residential district) from 150 feet to 250 feet. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

UNANIMOUSLY approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to exempt only property in the rural, unincorporated area of Douglas County as defined in the Douglas County guide plan from the subdivision regulations when land is subdivided for residential purposes. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to require a shared driveway access for multiple subdivision lots when platted in the unincorporated area of Douglas County. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to allow septic tank sewage systems in the primary urban growth areas of Douglas County, provided the subdivider signs an agreement not to protest the formation of a sanitary sewer benefit district and an agreement to connect to a sanitary sewer when sewer service is within 1,000 feet of planned improvements on the property. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

UNANIMOUSLY approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to require subdividers of land in the primary urban growth area of Douglas County, upon plat approval, to sign an agreement to connect to a public water system when public water lines are within 1,000 feet of planned improvements on the property. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to require subdivision roads within the rural unincorporated area to, at a minimum, be constructed to the adopted rock road standard and encouraging paved road standards. This amendment also requires telephone, cable television and/or electrical lines to be located underground. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to delete the provision recommending telephone and-or electrical lines to be located underground. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to revise the definition of rural area to "rural unincorporated area" in the subdivision regulations, describing areas outside Lawrence and primary growth areas. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

UNANIMOUSLY approved a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County subdivision regulations to delete the definition of suburban growth area in the subdivision regulations. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its July 6 meeting.

Unanimously approved a text amendment to the zoning regulations for the unincorporated territory of Douglas County to remove a loophole that allows "non-profit" organizations to conduct temporary business uses without a permit from the county commission. The amendment also provides additional guidelines for the types of preparation sponsors of temporary business uses would be required to provide. In addition, the amendment proposes an increase in the permit filing fee from $25 to $100 to cover the increased cost of the administrative oversight of the process by the county zoning administrator. Initiated by the Douglas County Commission at its May 13 meeting.

Unanimously approved figures for a 20-year Street and Highway Network Transportation Plan, specifically population, dwelling unit and employment projection counts for each of the traffic analysis zones in the Lawrence urbanized area through the year 2010.

Miscellaneous items:

Unanimously approved the inclusion of minutes from the Horizon 2020 steering committee meetings for consideration at each planning commission meeting.

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