The hopes of Nieder Acre residents in south Lawrence to sell their property for commercial development will be on the line Monday when the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission holds a special study session to consider changes in the city's comprehensive plan, Plan 95.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the city commission room on the first floor of city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
The session is to be an informal public hearing to consider how Plan 95 deals with commercial locations in the city, whether the plan should be amended and other appropriate matters.
The hearing was requested by representatives of Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, who want the planning commission to examine what the appropriate land use for the 30-acre subdivision should be.
Nieder Acres property owners have formally asked the city to annex their subdivision and rezone it from agricultural to a planned commercial development. Most of the residents want to sell their land because of commercial encroachment and failing utilities.
Target Department Stores Inc., a retail chain based in Minneapolis, Minn., wants to build a 116,000-square-foot store on a 10-acre tract within the subdivision, west of Iowa Street between 31st and 33rd Streets.
The annexation and zoning for the area is expected to come before the planning commission in July.