Despite objections from residents in the Deerfield neighborhood, the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission unanimously approved Wednesday night rezoning and a preliminary plat for De Vel Addition, a large residential neighborhood planned in northwest Lawrence.
The property is between Interstate 70 and Peterson Road, west of North Iowa Street. It would contain 244 single-family lots and 31 multiple-family lots on about 86.5 acres.
Neighbors living to the south in Deerfield said they opposed the development because of increased traffic through their neighborhood, drainage problems and dangers to children crossing Peterson Road.
However, after the preliminary plat of the area was explained, the commission decided that the plat submitted met those concerns. The commission also supported the development because 14 acres will be given to the city for a park.
Michael D. Stultz will develop the subdivision and is under a contract to buy the land from Hallmark Cards Inc. Stultz said Hallmark is interested in making a high-quality neighborhood and has covenants that allow it to approve the house plans for the development.
The commission took action to rezone about 76 acres from A (agricultural) to RS-2 (single-family residence), and about 10.5 acres from A (agricultural) to RM-D (multiple-family residence).
The commission also took the following action:
@sc7.5: On the consent agenda:
-- Unanimously approved, with Commissioner Bobbie Flory abstaining, a revised preliminary plat for Prairie Park Addition, a 337-lot single-family residential subdivision containing about 93 acres. This property is south of East 27th Street and is bounded on the south by the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway; on the west by the new southeast school site and Mary's Lake area; and on the east by County Road 1600E. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Cimarron Partners Inc., property owner of record.
-- Unanimously approved, with Commissioner Bobbie Flory abstaining, the final plat of Prairie Park Addition No. 1, a single-family residential plat containing 121 lots and 33.615 acres. This property is southeast of East 27th Street and Kensington Road and is bounded on the west by the new southeast school site and Mary's Lake area; and on the east by County Road 1600E. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Cimarron Partners Inc., property owner of record.
-- Approved 8-1, the final development plan for Riverridge PCD-2, a two-lot planned commercial development containing about 1.53 acres. It will include Chip's Deli and Food Market and three triplexes. The property is on the southeast corner of North Iowa Street and Riverridge Road. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Timothy Joseph Allen and Patricia Kanzig Allen, property owners of record.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Chip's Addition, a replat of Lots 1 and 2, Ridge Mount Addition. The two-lot planned commercial development includes a deli/food market and three triplexes on 1.526 acres. The property is on the southeast corner of North Iowa Street and Riverridge Road. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Timothy Joseph Allen and Patricia Kanzig Allen, property owners of record.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of O'Reilly Subdivision, a one-lot commercial subdivision containing about 0.52 acres. The property is between North Second and North Third streets on the north side of North Street. Submitted by Bird Engineering Co. for David O'Reilly, president and chief executive officer, O'Reilly Automotive Inc.
-- Unanimously approved the final plat of Pleasant Valley Estates, a three-lot county residential plat that contains 10.52 acres. The property is about 1/2 mile south of Douglas County Road 1100N on the east side of Douglas County Road 1200E. Submitted by Fred G. Rogers for Larry A. Schomer and Donald W. Hixson, contract purchasers, from Ronald O. Oelschlager and R. A. Edwards, record owners.
-- Unanimously approved a request to rezone about 16.38 acres from A (agricultural) to RS-1 (single-family residence). The property is generally located east of Mary's Lake, adjoining Prairie Park. The request was initiated by the Lawrence City Commission on June 15. The property owner of record is Cimarron Partners, which is giving the property to the city.
-- Unanimously approved a request to annex about 86.5 acres into the city. The property is between Interstate 70 and Peterson Road, west of North Iowa Street. A rezoning request and preliminary plat accompany the request. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Michael D. Stultz, contract purchaser, and Greg Long, representing Hallmark Cards, Inc., property owner of record.
-- Deferred until Aug. 25 a request to annex about 27 acres within Nieder Acres subdivision into the city. The request was made by property owners in the subdivision.
-- Deferred until Aug. 25 a request to rezone from A (agricultural) [26.23 acres] and RS-1 (single-family residence) [2.29 acres] to PCD-2 (planned commercial development) property generally located between Iowa Street on the east; 31st Street on the north; 33rd Street on the south; and Cottonwood, Inc. office and workshops on the west. Submitted by Wint Winter Jr., agent for Target Department Stores; and requested by property owners in the Nieder Acres subdivision.
-- Deferred until Aug. 25, a Preliminary Development Plan for Nieder Acres PCD-2 accompanies annexation and rezoning requests. The property is located north and west of 33rd Street (extended west) and South Iowa Street. The preliminary development plan is for Part I of the proposed development, which is for a Target store. Submitted by Landplan Engineering for Wint Winter Jr., agent for Target Department Stores.
-- Continued a public hearing to consider revised draft of the Eastern Parkway Corridor Land Use Plan to next month. Shelley Miller, president of the East Lawrence Improvement Assn., said she has met with the mayor and the planning staff twice since the June meeting about the land use plan. "Significant issues need to be addressed, but I'm glad our concerns are being heard," Miller said.
-- Unanimously denied a Use Permitted Upon Review request for a boarding care home to provide assisted daily living for geriatric residents for up to 10 residents and one live-in staff person. The property is at 2425 Orchard Ln. Submitted by Linda Roman of Innovative Health of Kansas Inc. for the estate of Richard O. Nelson, property owner of record. The commission acted on the recommendation of the planning staff and neighbors in the area, who said the home would have too many people in it and should be located on the fringes of a residential neighborhood, not in the middle of one.
-- Deferred a request to rezone about 13.185 acres from RO-2 (residence-office) to RO-1A (residence-office). The property is generally located south of West Sixth Street, east of Wakarusa Drive. Submitted by Timothy B. Fritzel for Westgate Properties, property owner of record.
-- Approved a Use Permitted Upon Review request for a master plan for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The property includes the several block area of the hospital complex. Submitted by Robert Ohlen for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, property owner of record. The plan includes the existing building and parking lot and a proposed facility expansion. The expansion includes a new three-story 45,000-square-foot medical office building to begin construction in the fall. The building would be southwest of the existing hospital building. Plans also call for the hospital building to be expanded to the west in the next two to three years. The master plan also shows future building additions to support the radiology-emergency room area and the surgery-laboratory area, which would be built around the end of the decade. The master plan shows 613 parking spaces with an additional 220 parking spaces proposed for the east lot parking in the 200 block on the east side of Maine Street.
-- Deferred until next month appointing of a Citizen Advisory Committee on Transportation to advise the Planning Commission.