A public hearing on the Northwest Development Plan will be held Wednesday night by the local planning commission.
Area residents will get a chance Wednesday night to tell the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission how they think development should be handled near Lawrence's new high school.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
The planning commission held its first public hearing Oct. 25 on the Northwest Development Plan, which covers development for a four-mile square area near the site of the new Free State High School.
During that meeting, it was evident that several area residents don't want residential and commercial development to hurt the natural beauty of the area.
The commission also heard from landowners and from those who would like to develop the area.
The plan is being designed to manage the growth in the area bounded by County Route 438 on the north, U.S. Highway 40 on the south, East 900 Road and the South Lawrence Trafficway on the west and East 1100 Road on the east.
Copies of the draft plan are available through Kinko's, Pro Print and Copy Co. in Lawrence. A copy is also available for viewing at Lawrence Public Library's reference desk.
In other action, the commission will deal with two development plans that have sparked controversy in recent months.
The commission will consider amended preliminary and final plats for the Hand Addition, a residential 10.65-acre, 27-lot subdivision on the east side of the 2400 block of Haskell Avenue.
The city's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department wants to develop the property for public housing, with a combination of single-family residences and duplexes.
The commission denied the preliminary and final plats on a 6-3 vote at last month's meeting because of traffic problems to the east, the lack of sidewalks and landscape screening along Haskell Avenue.
The commission will also consider rezoning, approving the preliminary and final plats and approving the preliminary and final plans for the Tuckaway Subdivision apartment project on the northeast corner of West Sixth Street and Schwarz Road.
The developers want to put in 132 apartments, a clubhouse, two swimming pools and about 300 parking spaces on the 10-acre vacant lot.
Other action includes:
- Considering a request to rezone about 26.5 acres in the Easy Living Mobile Home Park from Agricultural and RS-1 (Single-Family Residence) to PRD-1 (Planned Residential Development.)
- Considering a request to rezone about 4 acres of farmland to be used to expand the Vinland Airport and to allow fabrication of aircraft components.
- Considering a request to develop a 128-unit elderly housing community south of West Sixth Street and west of Congressional Drive.