A developer's plans for more than 250 homes and duplexes behind Lawrence's Hallmark plant were approved Tuesday night by Lawrence city commissioners.
Commissioners agreed to annex 86.5 acres between the Kansas Turnpike and Peterson Road, west of North Iowa Street. They also approved rezoning the agricultural land to provide 76 acres for single-family residences and 10.5 acres for duplexes.
The project includes plans for 244 lots for single-family homes, plus another 31 duplex lots. The entire project would take about seven years.
Fourteen acres of the land will be set aside for a city park, said Roger Schenewerk, a landscape architect representing developer Michael Stultz.
Several residents during Tuesday's meeting said they were concerned about the expected increase in area traffic. One 200-lot development already had approval, and adding another only would make matters worse, said Ken Collier, 403 Yorkshire.
Aside from added traffic cutting through Crestline Drive and Yorkshire Drive on the way to Lawrence Avenue and Sixth Street, others said, the road stress and safety risks on Peterson Road also would increase.
"Right now, Peterson Road is a two-lane, bumpy, wavy, pitted road," said David Jones, 328 Edinburgh. "If we allow development before this road is improved, it is really going to be a mess."
Upgrading the one-mile stretch of road between North Iowa Street and Kasold Drive to include four lanes, plus curbs and gutters, would cost nearly $1.1 million, according to the city's capital improvements plan. The plan recommends the project for 1995.
Although not contingent to the annexation or rezoning, the road is key to continuance of the project, Mayor John Nalbandian said.
Developers should not be able to complete the second half of the project until after Peterson Road is improved, he said. They also should try to find a way to provide access onto North Iowa Street -- an option Schenewerk called dangerous because of heavy truck traffic in the area.
Commissioner Jo Andersen was the lone commissioner to vote against the annexation and rezoning, saying she couldn't "make it work right in my mind."
"If we don't annex it, we don't have to worry about it," she said.
Commissioners can expect a final plat for the project sometime after the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission's meeting in October, Schenewerk said.
@sc7.5: Commissioners presented:
-- Commendations to four city employees -- police officers Dean M. Brown and David Hummel, and firefighters Robert Hardy and Robert Brown -- for their participation in a rescue effort June 18. The four men removed two people from an overturned truck near the Kansas Turnpike's East Lawrence interchange, putting their own lives at risk in the murky chest-deep water, police Chief Ron Olin said. The two people later died at the hospital, but four others survived. Mayor John Nalbandian described officers' and firefighters' work as "very human and touching."
On the consent agenda, commissioners unanimously approved:
-- Minutes of previous board and commission meetings.
-- Payment of city bills: $737,032 to 200 vendors.
-- A class A club license for the Learned Club in the Kansas University Alumni Center, 1266 Oread.
-- Setting a bid deadline of 2 p.m. Sept. 6 for rehabilitation of properties at 1322 Maple Lane, 1808 W. 21st, 1704 Tenn., 1821 Ind., 2138 Vt. and 1135 Ore.
-- An ordinance, on first reading, adopting the 1993 standard traffic ordinance, which parallels the state's traffic laws.
-- An ordinance, on first reading, adopting and approving the city's 1994 budget of $48.7 million.
-- Referring to the planning commission Michael Garber's request to annex 21.9 acres of property south of Clinton Parkway, west of Inverness (extended).
-- Three ordinances, on first reading, concerning city-county subdivision regulations, already approved by the Douglas County Commission. One would require subdividers of land in a primary growth area to connect into a public water supply if public lines are within 1,000 feet of planned developments. Another would require telephone, cable and electrical lines to be installed underground in the primary urban growth area, and encourage paving of rural roads. The third would delete a utility requirement in unincorporated areas.
-- Authorizing City Manager Mike Wildgen to sign an agreement with the Kansas Health Foundation for the Project Freedom Replication Initiative, a $50,000 grant to help prevent alcohol and drug abuse among Lawrence youths aged 12 to 17.
-- A resolution allocating $125,000 to Johnson, Brickell and Mulcahy and Associates, of Kansas City, Mo., for an environmental impact statement and associated legal work for the Eastern Parkway.
-- Resolutions approving a project for 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side of 27th Street, from Iowa Street to the Naismith bridge.
-- Authorizing ordinances to be written, if needed, according to several recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission: deny a request to remove parking on one side of East 21st Terrace, from Harper to East 21st streets; removing parking near the intersections of Crestline Drive and Sixth Street, Moundview Drive and Century Drive; establish a bus loading zone on the south side of Fireside Drive, east of Frontier Road; remove parking on the south and east sides of Bremer Drive; establish a loading zone on the south side of 10th Street, east of Kentucky Street; install stop signs on Whitmore Drive, Cranly Street, Mayfair Drive and Kensington Road at 27th Street.
-- A request to rezone 16.38 acres east of Mary's Lake, adjoining Prairie Park, from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence).
-- A planning commission recommendation to deny a Use Permitted Upon Review request for a boarding care home to operate at 2425 Orchard Ln. The home, operated by Innovative Health of Kansas would provide assisted living for geriatric residents needing daily care for up to 10 residents and one live-in staff person.
Commissioners removed the following items from the consent agenda for further discussion:
-- A site plan for an appliance store to be located at 1045 Pa. The item was deferred by request of Commissioner Jo Andersen, who objected to the relaxation of city requirements for greenspace and curbs and gutters related to a parking lot.
-- A project for a 4-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Alabama Street, from 23rd to 27th streets. Commissioners approved building the sidewalk, but put off publishing the authorizing resolution until Sept. 1, giving residents time to meet with city staff or an appointed representative about the sidewalk's alignment.
-- A TSC recommendation to establish a loading zone on Elm Street, east of North Fifth Street, and remove a no-parking zone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The item was returned to the TSC for reconsideration, by request of Gary Haworth, principal of Woodlawn School, as related by Commissioner Bob Moody.
On the regular agenda, commissioners:
-- Set Sept. 7 as the date for a public hearing concerning Carrousel Printwear Inc.'s request for a 10-year, 50 percent tax break for a planned expansion into the Oread West Research Park. The hearing also will address the company's request for up to $1.5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance the expansion. The company currently is located at 2600 Iowa. A committee of city, county and school district representatives recommended approving the request.
-- Approved a request from the Bottleneck, 737 N.H., to use Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets for a street party, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25. The outdoor concert will feature six to eight bands, no alcohol and be completed by dark, organizer Brett Mosiman said.
-- Approved the design for an area marker for Meadows Place, at 27th and Kasold.
-- Approved an ordinance, on first reading, to expand the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board from 10 to 13 members.
-- Approved an ordinance, on first reading, giving the commission a framework for paying for a storm sewer master plan and a portion of a Kansas River pump station in North Lawrence, with the help of the Kaw Valley drainage district. The ordinance also provides a framework for establishing a storm water utility -- a fee that could finance improvements to the city's sewers for storm water runoff.
-- Authorized two contracts with Black & Veatch, a Kansas City, Mo., engineering firm, for two plans related to sanitary sewers. The city will pay up to $198,000 for a master plan, which would review the impact of regulatory and growth changes from 1995 to 2020, as well as the possible location of a new waste waster treatment plant. The second plan, costing up to $298,000, will plan improvements to sanitary sewers in East Lawrence, particularly installing a new relief line.
In other action, commissioners:
-- Asked, at Commissioner Bob Moody's request, for a report from the Library Advisory Board concerning security procedures for library cards, and whether other identification measures may be needed, and whether security for books going in and out of the building is tight enough. The report comes after a Lawrence man was ordered to pay $1,050 for overdue books checked out on his card, although he said he didn't do it.
-- Approved a resolution accepting an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad, to use railroad property to install a new storm sewer line to replace the broken pipe that caused a giant hole at the intersection of North Second and Locust streets. The hole was first discovered June 3. "We're progressing" on fixing the problem, said George Williams, the city's director of public works.