Archive for Sunday, September 21, 1997


September 21, 1997


Douglas County commissioners will meet Monday in a work session to discuss zoning enforcement policies. They will consider changes to the current county zoning code for junk cars and home businesses.

The proposed changes would liberalize the current home-based business regulations, while toughening legislation on junk cars.

Some county residents support broadening the exemptions for home-based businesses, while others worry that making more businesses legal will cause a proliferation of equipment and people in their area.

Derby cars have quickly become a sticking point in the junk car section of the code, since many are mistaken as junk. The code allows the cars, but proposed changes would limit the number of cars and require that they be screened from view.

County background

Douglas County Commission background for Sept. 22, 1997

The current code used by the county to enforce home business and junk car zoning was adopted in January 1996. Since that time, a small, but very vocal, group of people has asked the county to be stricter in enforcing the code.

In August, two new commissioners, Dean Nieder and Tom Taul, got their first look at the issues, and several meetings and public hearings have been held.

Farmers and other people who run home businesses have said they prefer that the county issue conditional use permits to allow their work, instead of changing the code.

The meeting on Monday will allow the commissioners to learn more about the issues and share their thoughts about changes. Although the public is invited to attend the meeting, County Administrator Craig Weinaug said the work session will mainly be discussion between the commissioners.

other business

Douglas County Commission other business for Sept. 22, 1997

  • Consider approval of five out-district tuition statements. Whenever a Douglas County student attends a state community college, the county is billed $12 per hour. This helps spread out the cost of the upkeep of the schools to the counties that use them the most. Percentages of local mill levies in each county are used to pay this bill. Douglas County pays a total of $21,768 to five community colleges.
  • Consider approval of the low bid for highway de-icing salt. Cargill Salt of Lansing, N.Y., has presented the lowest bid -- $20.89 per ton for 1,000 tons of salt.
  • Consider approval of a resolution to change the land classification of a one-acre lot at Austin Acres, northwest of Baldwin, from agricultural to suburban home residential.
  • Consider approval of text amendments to the joint city/county subdivision regulations and the county zoning regulations regarding the establishment of criteria for approval and construction of private roads in the unincorporated portions of the county.
  • Consider approval of a revision of the site plan approved in 1992 for Community Bible Church. The plan required that the parking lot be paved within five years. The church is asking for more time to pave the lot.
  • Authorize the interlocal cooperation agreement with the city of Lawrence for the maintenance of the South Lawrence Trafficway hike and bike path.
  • Consider approval of a citizen's request to put up gates on East 535 Road between routes 458 and 1029. The road is used primarily by those who live nearby. The residents are asking that they be allowed to install the gates to cut down on traffic and speeding in the area.

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