Plans for a large residential and commercial development northwest of Lawrence were approved Wednesday night by the local planning commission.
Fall Creek Farms, a new 185-lot residential and commercial area, was given the green light Wednesday night by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
The commission unanimously approved preliminary and final plats for the development. The commission also unanimously approved annexing the 155-acre area into the city and rezoning it for development purposes.
Phil Struble, of Landplan Engineering, said the Lawrence City Commission is expected to take up the matter on March 7 for final approval.
The property is on the southwest corner of Peterson Road and Kasold Drive and is adjacent to the city's northwestern boundary.
The preliminary plat for the subdivision calls for 16 lots zoned RS-1 (single-family residential), 22 lots zoned RS-2 (single-family Residential), one lot zone RO-2 (residence-office) and two planned residential district lots.
The commission also approved a final plat for 29 lots on the subdivision, containing about 35 acres.
Several neighbors raised concerns about the planned commercial development having too many buildings on it. The commission limited the buildings allowed from 15 units per acre to no more than eight units per acre.
The property is owned by William, Eugene and Charlene L. Fritzel; LeaRoy T. Hurley; Fall Creek Farms Development Inc., and SOJAC Land Company, L.C.
In other action, the commission unanimously approved requests to annex and rezone about 20.5 acres south of U.S. Highway 40 and west of Wakarusa Drive.
The commission had earlier approved a final plat for most of that area, called Colonial Northwest. It is a four-lot subdivision containing 21.6 acres.
The commission also unanimously approved preliminary and final development plans for a restaurant and dentist's office to be built west of the Hy-Vee grocery store on the northwest corner of Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway.
The planned commercial development is to include about 50,000 square feet of retail commercial space about about 10,000 square feet for additional pad sites.