They didn't get everything they wanted, but members of a local church did leave the Douglas County Commission meeting Wednesday night with approval to build a new church west of Lawrence.
The commission's approval of the final plat and site plan allows the Community Bible Church to build on 5.18 acres about a mile west of Lawrence, just east of County Road 13 on County Road 1500N, also known as Yankee Tank Overlook.
However, the county commission sided with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission's findings in approving the final plat and site plan. The county commission agreed that the parishoners should have access to the church from Yankee Tank Overlook, not County Road 13, which was the church's choice.
THE PLANNING commission made its recommendation because County Road 13 is a main arterial highway in the area.
After the South Lawrence Trafficway is completed west of County Road 13 in a few years, the county road will become a frontage road for the trafficway. The planning commission said the church could re-apply for access to County Road 13 at that time.
The church also must build its building 15 feet further east than planned so it will be set back 50 feet from County Road 13's right of way. And the church accepted a utility easement as deemed by the planning commission.
In September, church representative Mike Vieux asked the county to approve the site plan before the church's final plat was approved so construction could begin on the church before winter. The county balked because plat approval precedes site plan approval in the planning process.
Vieux also asked the county to consider moving the trafficway route west of County Road 13 to give the church more space on its land. The county agreed, and the altered alignment has received federal approval.
IN OTHER business, the commission:
Approved an application for a Temporary Business Use Permit by Killough Quarries to operate an asphalt batch plant at the company quarry near the intersection of County Roads 1420N and 2300E, about a mile east of Eudora. The permit will expire Dec. 31, and the company will chip and seal about 0.2 of a mile of 1420N as a condition of the permit.
Approved a proclamation declaring the week of Jan. 19-25 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week in the county.
Approved the following consent agenda itmes:
A proposal for the Local Public Authority inspection by county staff for the surfacing of County Road 1023 north of Big Springs in northwest Douglas County.
An agreement with Independence Inc. for the agency to provide services to physically handicapped residents in the county.
An agreement with Cottonwood Inc. for the agency to provide services to mentally retarded residents in the county.
A resolution designating certain Palmyra Township roads as minimum maintenance roads.
A resolution to amend the Zoning Regulations for the Unincorporated Area of Douglas County.