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LECOMPTON RESIDENTS FEAR HORIZON 2020 SQUEEZE

March 24, 1996

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— Lawrence's new Free State High School will be less than a mile from the edge of the Perry-Lecompton school district boundary.

Residents of northwest Douglas County don't want to be squeezed by growth and land-use planning produced by Lawrence.

During a public hearing Thursday evening on the draft of Horizon 2020, the countywide land-use plan, residents of the Lecompton area said they particularly don't want Lawrence eating away at their school district boundaries.

``There's a lot of people who moved out into this school district to get out of Lawrence,'' said George Pogge, who lives south of Lecompton.

About 80 people attended the hearing.

At issue was a recommendation in the Horizon 2020 draft that the Perry-Lecompton school district cede areas that are taken over by Lawrence's expanding urban growth area. Lawrence's new Free State High School will be less than a mile from the edge of the Perry-Lecompton school district boundary.

``I think it's inappropriate ... that the plan encourages school district boundaries to be changed,'' said Henry Murphy, the Perry-Lecompton school superintendent. ``I think that should be in the hands of both school boards.''

Milton Norwood of Big Springs said the audience resented the dominant role that Lawrence's interests play in planning for the future of the county.

``There are a lot of other people, a lot of other concerns besides what affects the city of Lawrence,'' Norwood said.

``I wonder how much more unplanned, unwanted junk we're going to get in our end of the county -- communications towers, rock quarries,'' he said. ``We protest, but as long as it's not in your back yard, we get it here.''

Douglas County residents will have another chance to comment on the Horizon 2020 draft when the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission holds another public hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 3 in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper.

Copies of the draft are available at all city halls and public libraries in the county, the Douglas County Courthouse and all copy centers in Lawrence.

The Journal-World also has the document available on its Internet web site at the following address: http://www.ljworld.com/ljw/h2020/

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