Lawrence city commissioners will get a chance Tuesday to halt, or at least stall, new commercial development on South Iowa Street.
At issue is whether commissioners should consider or defer two requests for annexing and rezoning land on both sides of Iowa, south of 31st Street. One of the requests is for an Aldi grocery store southwest of 31st and Iowa; the other is for a Payless Cashways store on the east side of Iowa, south of Wal-Mart.
Both requests are part of an area being studied in the Southern Development Plan. The commission has set a deadline of Feb. 13 for adoption of the plan, which would be a guide for residential, industrial and commercial development in an area bordered by Kasold Drive, Louisiana Street, 31st Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Commissioners have agreed to defer consideration of substantial annexation and rezoning requests in the area until after the plan is completed. They have described substantial requests as those that could significantly change the land-use character of the area.
The Payless request, however, already is within an area set aside for retail development in Plan '95, the city's current comprehensive planning document, Commissioner Jo Andersen said. The latest Aldi request is for less than an acre.
Nevertheless, she said, deferring the Aldi and Payless requests could be one way to ensure unbiased development of the plan.
"If we jump the gun and zone something that's against the plan, then we've done something that goes against the best interests of the community," Andersen said.
A proposed Target store project kicked off discussions for a development plan. The Target proposal for the Nieder Acres residential subdivision, southwest of 31st and Iowa, was approved last month by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, and will be up for the city's consideration Sept. 28.
Tuesday's city commission meeting begins at 6:35 p.m. in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
HERE'S TUESDAY'S agenda:
@sc7.5: Commissioners will proclaim:
-- Sept. 22 as "American Business Women's Day" in Lawrence.
On the consent agenda, commissioners will consider:
-- Minutes from previous meetings of the city commission, Historic Resources Commission and Traffic Safety Commission.
-- Payment of city bills.
-- Drinking-establishment licenses for Royal Peking Restaurant, 711 W. 23rd; River City Market, 1 Riverfront Plaza; Duffy's Lounge in the Quality Inn, 2222 W. Sixth; Magic Wok, 1700 W. 23rd; and Los Amigos Saloon, 508 Locust.
-- A class A club license for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Mt. Oread Aerie No. 309, 1803 W. Sixth.
-- A retail liquor license for Edmonson-Berger Retail Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave., Suite 1A.
-- An ordinance, on final reading, to change the name of Meadow Lane to Gill Avenue, and a portion of 28th Street, in the Prairie Meadows subdivision, to Harrison Avenue.
-- Establishing a wholesale water rate of $1.31 per 1,000 gallons for rural water districts and the city of Baldwin, a 7.3 percent increase from this year's rate of $1.22 per 1,000 gallons.
-- A request from the Prairie Park Neighborhood Assn. and India School PTA regarding sidewalk benefit districts in the Chaparral and Cimmaron Hills subdivisions. The two groups recommend installing sidewalks on all streets that do not already have them, including Rawhide Lane to Haskell and 25th Street Terrace to 28th Street Terrace. Sidewalks should be on both sides of 27th Street and on one side of other streets, the groups said. Commissioners would refer the request to staff for a report.
-- A request to annex about 5 acres of land southwest of the intersection of Monterey Way and Stetson Drive. Commissioners would authorize an ordinance to be drafted.
-- A request for annexing about 40 acres of land south of Township Road 1350 N, generally between Wakarusa Drive and Inverness Drive of extended, south of the new southwest elementary school site. The request would be for the proposed Wakarusa View Estates residential area. The request would be referred to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
-- Authorizing City Manager Mike Wildgen to execute an agreement with Landplan Engineering for the design of a North Lawrence/Maple Grove Tributary pumping station, at a cost of no more than $66,000.
-- A resolution authorizing Mayor John Nalbandian to sign an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation regarding the third phase of the Union Pacific Depot renovation project in North Lawrence. Of the project's $494,000 total cost, the city would be responsible for paying $98,000. The remainder would be financed through a federal ISTEA program, administered through KDOT.
-- A letter from the Kansas Turnpike Authority proposing city participation in a project to widen McDonald Drive south from Second Street to Rockledge Road. The project would cost an estimated $90,000, said Tom Wurdeman, division engineer for the turnpike authority, in a letter to public works director George Williams. Wurdeman said that most of the traffic problems at the intersection of Second and McDonald had been caused by local rush-hour traffic from Hallmark, the Lawrence Holidome, Sallie Mae and the industrial area north of the turnpike. Commissioners would refer the letter to staff.
-- Two recommendations from the Traffic Safety Commission, and authorizing ordinances to be drafted to remove parking: on the east side of Delaware Street, from 19th Street to 22nd Terrace; and on the east side of Louisiana Street, south 110 feet from the south curb of 11th Street.
-- Allowing Nalbandian to sign a release of mortgage for Richard and Victoria Friede, 1337 R.I. and 1801 Maple Ln.
-- A site plan for a retail shopping building at 540 Wis. Commissioner Doug Compton owns the property, which once contained a gasoline service station.
On the regular agenda, commissioners will:
-- Consider deferring annexation and rezoning requests for two projects within an area defined for inclusion in the city's upcoming Southern Development Plan. One is for a rezoning and annexation of the .711-acre Merle Holladay tract in the Nieder Acres residential subdivision, proposed for an Aldi grocery store. The other contains a 3-acre annexation request and 10.68-acre rezoning request for land south of Wal-Mart on South Iowa Street. That land would be used for a Payless Cashways store.