Even without a Target store at 33rd and Iowa, the Nieder Acres residential subdivision should be annexed into the city, the city-county planning staff recommends.
In a report to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, the planning staff said that a request for rezoning 10 acres in the subdivision for a new Target store should be denied when the commission meets Wednesday night.
Residents of the subdivision want to sell their land to Target because of failing infrastructure, increased traffic and light and noise pollution caused by nearby commercial developments, but the report said, "the rezoning would exacerbate existing negative impacts on nearby residential properties."
Rezoning would "irreversibly & detrimentally alter" the livability of areas around Nieder Acres, which is west of Iowa between 31st and 33rd streets, the report said. Pressures for strip development on South Iowa also would increase, in conflict with the city's current comprehensive plan, it said.
Even so, the commission should go ahead and annex about 30 acres in the subdivision because it's "a logical, in-fill, expansion of city boundaries," the report said.
Planning commissioners will consider both requests, plus a preliminary development plan for the Target store, during Wednesday's meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
Commissioners deferred the items from last month's meeting.
Also Wednesday, commissioners will consider 15 proposed amendments to Plan '95, the city's comprehensive plan. The text amendments, if accepted, seemingly would allow for development for a commercial area such as Target's proposal.
The planning staff recommends deferring consideration of the text amendments until several issues receive further study, including the validity of a definition of commercial shopping centers.
HERE'S WEDNESDAY'S agenda:
@sc7.5: General business:
-- Receive and approve: minutes from the July 28 commission meeting, minutes from Horizon 2020 steering committee meeting, reports and minutes from ad hoc committees and communications from public, staff and other governmental bodies.
@sc7.5: Consent agenda:
-- Consider the final plat of Oread West No. 5, a research industrial subdivision containing six lots and 23.527 acres. The property is on the west side of Wakarusa Drive, south of West 15th Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Robert G. Billings, manager for Mabet No. 1; and John M. McGrew, Mabel G. and I.J. Stoneback and William J. and Betty Lou Brink, property owners of record.
-- Consider the final plat of the Stratford Addition, a residential subdivision containing two lots and .526 acre. The property is on the south side of Stratford Road, about 500 feet east of Iowa Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for John M. McGrew, contract purchaser from the Most Rev. Ignatius Strecker, archbishop of Kansas City, Kan.
-- Consider the final plat of the California Addition, an intended medium-density multiple-family use subdivision containing .69 acre. The property is south of West Fifth Street, on the west side of California Street. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Timothy Joseph Allen, Mark A. Buhler, Robert L. Stephens and Douglas L. Stephens, property owners of record.
-- Consider the final development plan for phase two of the LRM planned industrial development, a revised plan for building a concrete plant, aggregate handling area, additional parking and batch plant silo on 10.03 acres south of Kansas Highway 10, across from the East Hills Business Park. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for PDO Investments, property owner of record.
-- Consider the final plat of Pinnacle West No. 8, a residential subdivision containing 61 lots and 21.043 acres. The property is west of Eldridge Street, north and south of Harvard Road, were it extended. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Robert L. Stephens, president, Pinnacle Inc., property owner of record.
-- Consider the final plat of Alvamar Golfcart Garage Addition, a plat containing 3.249 acres. The property is at the north end of Crossgate Road. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Robert G. Billings, president, Alvamar Inc.
-- Consider the final plat of Graves Addition, a residential subdivision containing four lots and 1.021 acres. The property is on the south side of Hickory Street, between North Seventh and North Eighth streets in North Lawrence. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Darryl and Karyl Graves, property owners of record.
-- Consider 15 proposed amendments to Plan '95, the city's comprehensive land-use plan. Submitted by Myles Schachter and Steve Sublett.
-- Consider a request to annex approximately 27 acres within the Nieder Acres Subdivision into the city. The request was made by the following property owners of record: Leland B. Wise; Brenda J. and Theodore H. Eubanks Jr.; Estel Fyne; L.R. and Elena Lind; Phyllis L. and Loris Brubeck Jr.; George B. and Marlene J. Leinmiller; Albert E. and Helen D. Hess; Stanley Schaake; Arlene Anderson; Adrienne York; Rosemary Harris; Maurine A. Jost; Virgil Allen Auchard; Edmund A. McCardell; Sue Mohr; Henry Nieder; Harry X. and Mary A. Winters; Cowser D. Nieder; Lloyd S. and Wanda K. Fulks; John B. and Joan Dasenbrock; Richard and Janis Leines; Steven R. and Patricia A. Sublett; Cottonwood, Inc., by Robert K. Georgeson, president; and O.E. and Wilma Edmonds. The request was deferred from the July meeting at the applicants' request.
The annexation request is contingent on rezoning for the property. Commissioners will consider rezoning 26.71 acres from A (agricultural) and 2.29 acres from RS-1 (single-family residence) to PCD-2 (planned commercial development). This request includes the Wise, Eubanks, Goff, Fyne, Lind, Spain, Brubeck, Leinmiller, Hess, Schaake, Anderson, Mohr, Nieder, Cowser, Nieder, Winters, Fulks, Dasenbrock, Leines, Sublett, Edmonds and Cottonwood, Inc. properties requested for annexation. Requested by Wint Winter Jr., agent for Target Department Stores, and by the owners of record listed above. Deferred from the July meeting at the applicants' request.
Commissioners also will consider a preliminary development plan for Nieder Acres PCD-2, which contains 29 acres. The property is north and west of 33rd Street (extended west) and South Iowa Street. The plan is for the proposed development's first part, a Target store. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Winter.
-- Receive comment on the revised draft of the Eastern Parkway Corridor Land Use Plan.
-- Receive and discuss the preliminary draft of a proposed downtown study conducted by an ad hoc committee of planning commissioners. Committee members were Cynthia Lartigue, chair; Joe Baker; Sam Shanmugan; Jean Milstead; and Norbert Grosdidier .
-- Consider a request to rezone approximately 13.185 acres from RO-2 (residence-office) to RO-1A (residence-office). The property is south of West Sixth Street, east of Wakarusa Drive. Submitted by Timothy B. Fritzel for Westgate Properties, property owner of record. The request was deferred from the commission's July meeting at the applicant's request.
-- Consider a Use Permitted Upon Review request for Riverside No. 2 and No. 3 Mobile Home Parks, extending Riverside No. 1 Mobile Home Park. The property is on both sides of Walnut Street, midway between North Eighth and North Ninth streets. Submitted by Stan R. Zaremba for Zaroco, Inc., property owner of record.
-- Consider a request to annex 10 acres into the city of Lawrence. The property is south of U.S. Highway 40 (West Sixth Street), midway between Eldridge Street and Folks Road, were they extended south. Requested by Landplan Engineering for Robert L. Stephens, President, Pinnacle, Inc., property owner of record.
A rezoning request accompanies the annexation: for 2.13 acres from A (agricultural) to RO-1B (residence-office) and 7. 87 acres from A (agricultural) to RS-2 (single-family residence). Also requested by Landplan Engineering for Robert L. Stephens, president, Pinnacle, Inc., property owner of record.
-- Consider a proposed text amendment to the city code regarding child care homes. Initiated by the Lawrence City Commission on July 27, 1993.
-- Consider appointment of a Citizen Advisory Committee on Transportation to advise the Planning Commission about transportation-related activities for metropolitan planning organizations.
-- Consider setting policy to require all written communications to planning commission be submitted to planning staff no later than 5 p.m. the day of the planning commission's monthly study session.