The Douglas County Commission will get its first chance to offer its views on the controversial Rural Development Planning Report at Wednesday's commission meeting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
The report, which deals with several aspects of planned rural growth, is seen by many rural residents as governmental intrusion into private property rights.
The heart of the controversy centers on the proposed change of the five-acre exemption to 40 acres. The current exemption allows residential development in rural parts of the county, without platting or other zoning requirements, on land zoned for agricultural uses as long as the development occurs on a minimum five-acre tract.
The Planning Commission's ad hoc committee that devised the report feels an increase to the 40-acre exemption would make rural growth more manageable from a planning perspective. Rural property owners have said the change would be more expensive and more difficult to deed to children.
Here is Wednesday's agenda:
Consider Jan. 6 minutes.
Consider commission orders.
Review and discuss the rural development study submitted by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
Consider declaring certain roads in Palmyra Township as minimum maintenance.
Consider a request for a conditional use permit to allow the repair of farm implements by a property owner behind his residence on the west side of Douglas County Road 1055, about one mile south of the Wakarusa River. The CUP is requested by Pete Kermes, representing owner Darrell K. Craig.
Consider a request of Kirsten Magnuson, Lawrence High School student representative in the Youth in Local Government program, for sponsorship at the Presidential Classroom in Washington, D.C.
Consider accounts payable and appointments; receive comment from the commission, county administrator and the public.