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If Horizon 2020 isn't approved by the first of the year, when Chappell and McElhaney leave the commission, then two new commissioners would have to be educated about the plan, which has been more than five years in the making.
City-County Planning Director Linda Finger said that to meet the yearend deadline, the county commission will have to vote Wednesday to initiate the public hearing process for proposed text amendments that will implement the higher rural development standards.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission would hold the hearing when it meets Oct. 16.
The amendments would come back to the county commission Nov. 6 and be considered by the city commission Nov. 12.
Planning staff could have both Horizon 2020 and amended subdivision regulations ready for approval by the city and county commissions in late November or early December.
``As long as we don't lose any wheels, we're rolling along,'' Finger said.
This assumes that the county commission won't make significant changes in the content of the Horizon 2020 draft that they'll also consider Wednesday. City commissioners already have approved the draft with only minor changes.