Lawrence city commissioners approved a plat Tuesday for a proposed 23-lot development of exclusive homes near the Lawrence Country Club.
Plans for the Country Club Canyon development were submitted by the Lawrence Country Club, which owns the property. It would be located on the west side of Country Club Terrace and at the north end of Trailridge Apartments.
John Selk, vice president of Landplan Engineering and the engineer for the project, told commissioners that country club officials and members have been contemplating some kind of development on the property for 10 years.
Selk told the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Dec. 18 that money raised from selling the lots is earmarked to pay off country club debts.
The plat, which is required to obtain a building permit, defines the dimensions of the proposed development, including streets and lot sizes. It also is used to determine how city services and utilities would serve the homes.
APPEARING before the commission Tuesday, Phil Endacott, 602 Country Club Ter., said he welcomed the value the development would add to the neighborhood but said he had some concerns about the project.
What, he asked, if contractors started construction, tearing up the street's weak asphalt surface in the process, and then had to stop work because the lots weren't selling?
"This could drag on for a while," he said.
Endacott also wanted to know if the country club had a plan to minimize the inconvenience to local residents.
Selk responded that country club officials wouldn't know what aspects of the development would be tackled first until they get to the design stage of the project.
City Manager Mike Wildgen reminded commissioners that they were only being asked to approve the plat for the development and that other considerations could be addressed later.
Commissioner Bob Schumm abstained from voting because he is a member of the Lawrence Country Club. The remaining commissioners voted unanimously to approve the plat.
EARLIER IN the meeting, the commissioners set into motion the annexation of property owned by Ray and Marsha Goff southwest of city limits on Neider Road, which will allow the Goffs to tap into city water lines.
After the Goffs' well began pumping black water through their faucets, Marsha Goff asked the city for permission to tap into existing city water lines in her neighborhood without annexing her property.
"Ray and I can afford the annexation," she said. "My concern is for my neighbors."
Goff said she expected the city to annex the entire neighborhood in the near future. "I was afraid that my annexation might accelerate my neighbors' annexation," she said.
Many of the residents in her neighborhood live on fixed incomes and might not be able to afford city taxes and services, she said.
The commission split on the issue in a 2-2 vote at the Dec. 30 commission meeting and deferred the matter until Tuesday. Commissioner John Nalbandian didn't attend the Dec. 30 meeting.
Goff changed her mind about annexation after receiving assurances that the city wouldn't try to annex the whole neighborhood.
"We're not going to force an annexation," said Mayor Bob Walters. "We're just dealing with you."
The commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution asking the Douglas County Commission to approve the annexation of the property.
IN OTHER action Tuesday:
The commissioners proclaimed the week of Jan. 27-31 "Lawrence Neighborhood Week."
In one motion, the commissioners approved the following consent agenda items:
Minutes of the previous commission meeting and various city organization meetings.
Payment of city expenses.
Setting 2 p.m. Jan. 21 as the date to receive bids for sidewalk improvements to Fifth Street from Maine to Michigan.
Setting 2 p.m. Jan. 28 as the date to receive bids for the rehabilitation of the utilities department's Oread ground storage water tanks.
A revised preliminary development plan for Monterey PCD-1, a planned commercial development including space for residential areas, on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Monterey Way.
Accepting dedication of easements and rights of way for the final plat of Monterey Subdivision No. 4, a 27-lot office and residential subdivision northwest of Sixth Street and Monterey Way.
Amendments to the city's zoning ordinance and authorizing an ordinance that creates a new residence-office zoning district.
Annexing 23.8 acres known as Mary's Lake for public use.
A site plan for Round Town Apartments, formerly Round Town Mall, 2859 Four Wheel Dr. According to information provided by the city, owner Rex Youngquist plans to convert the now-vacant shopping area into 14 two-bedroom apartments.
A site plan for Holiday Apartments, a four-unit apartment building, to be constructed in a portion of the 200 block of Mount Hope Court, east of the Lawrence Holidome.
An ordinance removing parking on the north side of 24th Street from the east curbline of Alabama, east 100 feet.
The following item was pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion by the commissioners:
A site plan for a warehouse to be built at the northeast corner of Ninth and Delaware. According to information provided by the city, local developer Duane Schwada plans to construct a one-story office-warehouse building. The structure, which would contain about 18,160 square feet, would be built in two phases. The first would contain 10,800 square feet; the second would have 7,360 square feet. Walters abstained from voting on the site plan because he owns property next to the proposed site. The remaining commissioners voted unanimously to approve the site plan.
On the regular agenda, commissioners:
Approved a site plan for a warehouse to be located at 1900 Del. According to information provided by the city, local developer Duane Schwada plans to construct a speculative warehouse building containing about 5,600 square feet.
The commissioners voted to approve cereal malt beverage licenses for the Northstar Diner and the Pizza Shoppe and Pub; approve cereal malt beverage license for the Low Rider Mexican Cafe, pending the results of a Lawrence-Douglas County Department of Health inspection.
The commissioners voted to cancel the March 10 commission meeting because of a conflict with the National League of Cities congressional conference March 7-10, which most commissioners will attend.