The Douglas County Commission today sent a text amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission that will require some rural residents to plat their land when developing it.
The rural residents affected by the text amendment are those living in Primary Urban Growth Areas (PUGA), which is rural land surrounding Lawrence, Baldwin and Eudora where most rural development is occurring.
Diane Mullens, of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office, said most rural growth follows highways, specifically U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence, U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence, Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Eudora and County Road 458 south of Lawrence.
"What we talked about today is that there's some changes that we think are going to make expectations of development in Douglas County much clearer to everybody," said Commission Chairman Mark Buhler following the two-hour meeting.
IN ALL, the county commission sent 10 text amendments on various rural development issues to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission for a public hearing, scheduled for Aug. 26. The text amendments pertained mostly to subdivision regulations and also included one amendment each to county zoning regulations and the county guide plan.
Buhler said he hoped the public hearing would encourage feedback from the public and "hopefully get some changes made in our regulations that make the playing field and the rule book clearer."
The text amendments were spurred by discussions earlier this year on the rural development plan, which is formally known as "A Call to Planning Action for the '90s."
Three people attended the morning meeting but did not offer comments.
Commissioners also approved reversing their action of May 4 in regard to transferring $1,700 from the Special Auto Fund to the treasurer's budget in the general fund for microfilming costs.