Archive for Thursday, September 17, 1992


September 17, 1992


Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday gave their stamp of approval to plans to increase the size of a limestone quarry near the Shawnee-Douglas county line.

Commissioners OK'd Martin Marietta Aggregates' request to add 80 acres to its quarry site along both sides of County Road 442 northwest of Stull. Only 18 acres of the 80 acres will be used because of setbacks required on the tract.

"I don't think the additional acreage will harm anyone," Commission Chairman Mark Buhler said.

The addition gives the company 530 minable acres out of 800 acres.

In December 1990, commissioners approved a 30-year conditional use permit to establish the quarry with 22 conditions that the company was required to meet.

Wint Winter Jr., a Lawrence attorney representing the company, said the company had worked on some of the stipulations. That work includes making improvements to County Road 442 and planting trees along the perimeter of part of the quarry land.

He said the company wanted to acquire the 80-acre tract two years ago, but it was not for sale.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, which unanimously approved the request last month, and Martin Marietta agreed that this will be the last land acquisition for this quarry operation for the remaining 30 years of the conditional use permit.

IN OTHER action Wednesday, commissioners:

Approved a $1,000 request for Citizens for a Drug-Free Baldwin, a private organization that works through the Baldwin school system to educate students about substance abuse. Commissioner Louie McElhaney said he questioned whether the county could fund similar requests if they arose. County Administrator Craig Weinaug said these requests "probably would provide more services . . . than we were spending through the use of full-time county employees."

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 approximatly 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.

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 July 22 by the planning commission.

Took no action on a request by Lone Star Lake Marina operator Bob Laskey, who asked commissioners to consider changing the single-day rates the county charges out-of-county residents to run their boats at Lone Star Lake. For example, he said the county charges out-of-county residents $3 per horsepower for boats with engines larger than 35 horsepower, which means the charge for a 50-horsepower engine would be $150 a day plus $20 for the boat. Laskey suggested the county consider a daily rate of $5 or $10, which he said was more competitive with area lakes.

Commissioners also took no action on Laskey's request initiated by a local bass club for a one-day fishing tournament in October.

Approved Sept. 14 minutes, commission orders and accounts payable.

Deferred to Monday a series of 10 related text amendments to the Douglas County Guide Plan, the zoning regulations for the unincorporated territory of the county and the Lawrence-Douglas County Subdivision Regulations. Commissioners, after an hour of discussion, wanted more time to study the text amendments, which were unanimously passed by the planning commission last month.

The text amendments covered the following items:

Revisions to the rural sewer districts.

Revisions to the minimum lot width requirement in the A-1 (suburban home residential district) from 150 feet to 250 feet.

Exempting only property in the rural, unincorporated area from the subdivision regulations when land is subdivided for residential purposes.

Requiring a shared driveway access for multiple subdivision lots when platted in the county's unincorporated area.

Allowing septic tank sewage systems in the primary urban growth areas of the county, provided that 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.

Requiring subdividers of land in the primary urban growth area of the 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.

Requiring 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.

Deleting a provision recommending telephone and-or electrical lines to be located underground.

Revising the definition of rural area to "rural unincorporated area" in the subdivision regulations, describing areas outside Lawrence and primary growth areas.

Deleting the definition of suburban growth area in the subdivision regulations.

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