The ability to develop vacant land surrounding Lawrence's newest high school will be up for grabs Wednesday night, when commissioners consider requests to open up property for homes, apartments, offices and commercial businesses.
Two separate requests near Free State High School are scheduled for consideration by the commission:
- Rezone 22.3 acres from agricultural to planned-commercial development uses northeast of Wakarusa Drive and Sixth Street. Submitted on behalf of Joanne B. Taylor and Maryann B. Tebbutt, who own the property south of the school.
- Consider rezoning 47.6 acres of agricultural land northwest of Overland Drive and Folks Road as follows: 9.8 acres for residence-office uses; 26 acres for single-family residential uses; and 11.8 acres for multi-family residential uses. Requested by James D. Schwada, Northland Corp., agent and attorney for Oread L.C.; Nine Nineteen L.C.; and Nollid West L.C., who own the property east of the school.
Both requests represent the first real test of the city's new Northwest Area Development Plan, intended to guide growth and development north of Sixth Street and west of Folks, said Sandy Day, a city-county planner.
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission background for June 25, 1997 meeting
The request to rezone property south of the school had been scheduled for consideration by commissioners last month, but attorney Price Banks -- who represents the property owners -- asked it be deferred until this month.
City planners have nothing formal yet, but Banks has indicated a desire to develop the property for retail-commercial uses, including pad sites for two restaurants.
Formal plans for property east of the school also remain unclear, but here's what the requested zonings would allow if approved:
- up to 160 single-family homes northeast of the school.
- up to 146 apartments or duplexes east of the school.
- a mixture of dwelling units and professional offices on 9.8 acres at the northwest corner of Overland and Folks.
The new high school is scheduled to open this fall north of Overland Drive, between Wakarusa Drive and Folks Road. Voters in the Lawrence school district approved the $25.8 million project in 1994.
The city currently is working to install traffic signals at three nearby intersections along Sixth: at Monterey Way, Folks and Wakarusa. Officials plan to have the signal at Sixth and Folks installed by the time school starts.
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission business for June 25, 1997, meeting
- Elect chair and vice chair for the commission's 1997-98 term.
- Approve a preliminary plat for New Beginnings Subdivision, a two-lot residential area covering 22,883 square feet along the south side of Locust Street, about 285 feet west of North Eighth Street. Submitted on behalf of Paul D. Estes, who owns the property.
- Approve a replat of a one-lot industrial plat covering 14.3 acres east of Greenway Drive and south of Greenway Circle in the East Hills Business Park. Submitted on behalf of Douglas County, which owns the property.
- Approve a final plat for Corpus Christi Addition, a one-lot plat covering 25 acres along the south side of West 15th Street, about 100 feet west of Bobwhite Drive and east of George Williams Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering on behalf of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City and Alvamar Inc., who own the property.
- Approve a final plat for Yankee Tank View, a one-lot residential area covering 120 acres to be used for public facilities along the west side of Wakarusa Drive, north of Wakarusa Court. Submitted on behalf of the city of Lawrence, which owns the property it plans to use for a new fire station, expanded Clinton Water Treatment Plant, a new city park and a satellite public works facility.
- Approve a final plat for Parkway West Apartments, a replat of a one-lot planned residential area covering 11.2 acres south of Clinton Parkway between Wakarusa Drive and Ranch Street. Submitted on behalf of Swan Management Co., which owns the property.
- Approve a final plat for Fantini Acres, a two-lot residential area covering 7.1 acres northeast of N. 1550 and E. 660 roads. Submitted on behalf of Ernie and Phyllis Fantini, who own the property.
- Approve a final plat for Fairview Estates No. 1, a 12-lot residential subdivision covering 42.4 acres south of N. 1100 Road (Leary Road) and west of E. 1500 Road (Douglas County Road 1055). Submitted on behalf of Ralph and Norman Leary, who own the property.
- Approve a preliminary plat for Independence Addition, a one-lot industrial area covering 3.7 acres at the southwest corner of East 20th Street and Haskell Avenue. The area is intended for use as a rehabilitation center by Independence Inc., which owns the property.
- Approve a preliminary plat for Eagle Ridge Subdivision, an 18-lot residential area covering 105.2 acres north and west of N. 950 Road (Douglas County Route 458) and E. 800 Road (Douglas County Route 1039). Submitted on behalf of Larry Wedman, president of Wedman Construction Inc., which owns the property. Later in the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to consider a rezoning request for the property.
- Approve a preliminary plat for Northfield Addition, a 75-lot residential area covering 29.6 acres north of River Ridge Road and west of Michigan Street. Submitted on behalf of Douglas L. Stephens, president of Rock Ridge L.L.C.; Curtis and Marilyn Hall, of FHW Partnership; and Roger and Donna Halverstadt, all of whom own the property. Later in the meeting, commissioners are scheduled to consider annexation and rezoning requests for the property.
- Consider rezoning five acres near the former Kaw Valley School from valley channel to agricultural uses, which would allow construction of additional classrooms for Bishop Seabury Academy, which has proposed using the existing school facilities. Requested by Michael Cook, who owns the property. Douglas County commissioners initiated the request last month.
- Consider approving a conditional-use permit for operating a new fire station at 847 N. 1800 Rd., as requested by Lecompton City & Township Fire and Rescue. Donald and Margaret Fuston are listed as the property's owners.
- Consider rezoning 105.2 acres from agricultural to suburban-home residential uses north and west of county routes 458 and 1039 for Eagle Ridge Subdivision, as requested by Larry Wedman of Wedman Construction Inc., which owns the property.
- Consider annexing and rezoning 10.7 acres from agricultural to single-family residential uses in an area to be platted as Northfield Addition, north and west of River Ridge Road and Michigan Street. Requested by Douglas L. Stephens, president of Rock Ridge L.L.C.; Curtis and Marilyn Hall, of FHW Partnership; and Roger and Donna Halverstadt, all of whom own the property.