Planning commissioners will consider a request from the city to endorse what is believed to be the largest proposed annexation in Lawrence history.
The city wants to annex 1,129 acres of federal property, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and leased to the city for recreational uses. The area is adjacent to Clinton Lake, directly east of the dam.
City Manager Mike Wildgen said the annexation likely would be the biggest in history.
By annexing the property, the city would be authorized to properly extend its services to the area, including police and fire protection, potable water, sewers, drainage systems, zoning and building inspections. The city also could collect city sales taxes on concessions sold on the property.
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission background for Jan. 28, 1998 meeting
Lawrence city commissioners agreed last month to seek the annexation.
The area already includes sites developed for recreational uses, including the Youth Sports Inc. complex, the Clinton Lake Softball Complex and the yet-to-open Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Other uses are envisioned as well.
A public-private venture to locate an equestrian center on federal land would not be included in the annexed area.
William and Dean Stoneback, who own property adjacent to the softball complex, don't want the annexation to be approved. Among their reasons: the complex detracts from their private property, increases traffic in the area, cuts property values and poses a risk because of its location below a "high-risk" dam.
"The bottom line on this dilemma is that somebody obviously `goofed badly,' " the Stonebacks said, in a letter to planning commissioners.
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission business for Jan. 28, 1998 meeting
- Receive a letter from the Indian Hills Neighborhood Assn., requesting a review of a permit granted to Bruce Snodgrass for a landfill at the northwest corner of 31st and Louisiana streets. The request would be placed on the agenda for February's planning commission meeting.
- Recommend approval of a preliminary plat for Kappa Sigma Addition, a one-lot residential subdivision covering 1.7 acres at 1045 Emery Rd. Requested by Gamma Omicron Inc., which owns the property.
- Recommend approval of a final plat for Allen Addition, a one-lot multifamily residential subdivision covering 1.8 acres west of California Street, between Fifth Street and Bluffs Drive. The area is east of Sallie Mae. Requested by Timothy J. Allen, who owns the property.
- Recommend approval of a final plat for Longleaf, a 62-lot residential subdivision covering 23.7 acres along the north side of 15th Street, between George Williams and Bobwhite drives. The property, which is zoned for multifamily uses, is intended to be developed with 26 single-family homes and 36 "patio homes," which are upscale duplexes. The property is located at the western edge of town, between Wakarusa Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Corpus Christi Catholic Church plans to build a 25-acre spiritual campus across 15th Street. The plat for Longleaf is requested by William R. Newsome, managing member of Longleaf L.L.C. and Southwind Capital L.L.C., which own the property.
- Recommend approval of a final plat for Sport 2 Sport Addition, a one-lot residential subdivision developed as a private sports facility and covering 10.5 acres at 5200 Clinton Pkwy. Requested by Roger Morningstar of Sport 2 Sport, which owns the property.
- Recommend approval of a final plat for a block in the East Hills Business Park. The area to be platted is a one-lot industrial subdivision covering 19.2 acres in the park, at the southwest corner of Greenway Circle and Greenway Drive. The park is located along the north side of Kansas Highway 10, just east of the Lawrence city limits. Requested by Douglas County Development Inc., which owns the property.
- Recommend approval of a final development plan and plat for Oak Ridge Estates, a 15-lot county residential subdivision covering 92.7 acres south of the Kansas Turnpike, at the northwest corner of Queen's Road and North 1750 Road. Requested by J. Stewart of Charter Equities Inc., which owns the property.
- Recommend approval of a final plat for Pine Ridge Plaza Addition, a 32-acre area bounded by Ousdahl Road, Iowa Street and 31st and 33rd streets. The area currently includes a Kmart store, as well as the former sites for Fantasyland roller rink and Cinema Twin theaters. The site is being redeveloped to include a renovated and expanded Kmart, as well as spaces available for other retail uses, including a new Kohl's department store. Requested by Malan Realty Investors, Earl May Seed & Nursery and the city, all of which own separate portions of the property. The city's property is a frontage road.
- Receive an annual report that reviews Horizon 2020, the city's long-term land-use guide and comprehensive plan.
- Consider a request to recommend rezoning 134 acres from agricultural to suburban-home residential uses along the north side of North 900 Road, about a mile west of U.S. 59. The area, to be known as Mountain Road Homesteads, would include space for new homes to be built on two dozen lots. Commissioners also are scheduled to review a preliminary plat for the project. The plat would include a variance, which would allow a cul-de-sac to be longer than currently allowed. All of the items are requested by Robert Voth, who has a contract to buy the property from Alberta Freed.
- Consider a request for a conditional use permit to improve Jefferson County Rural Water Dist. No. 3's water treatment plant, 1905 E. 1600 Rd. The water district, which leases the property from the Kansas University Endowment Association, is making the request. The plant is located two miles northeast of the Kansas Turnpike's East Lawrence interchange. The district plans to install new pipes, put in a new septic system, build a contact basin, put up a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire, pour 100 tons of crushed rock around the plant's basins and add a 1,200-square-foot building onto the plant.
- Consider a request for a conditional use permit to operate a teen group home at 1332 E. 1600 Road, north of the O'Connell Youth Ranch southeast of Lawrence. The home, to be known as the Lawrence Residential Center, would have room for two adult resident counselors and up to eight teen-age boys. The home would be operated by Teen Challenge of Greater Kansas City, a division of the Heart of America Teen Challenge Inc., which owns the property.
- Consider a request for a conditional use permit to operate a visual arts center at 1423 Haskell, which is the Indian Center of Lawrence. The arts center, to be known as Starry Night Studios, would buy out the Indian center and instead would lease studios and workshop spaces for fine arts, including painters, printmakers, sculptors or ceramicists with possible gallery space for exhibitions no more frequent than once a month. The center also would be able to conduct art classes for small groups. Requested by Hobart Jackson for the Indian center, which owns the property.
- Consider a request to rezone 805-811 N.H. from general commercial to central business district uses, as requested by property owner Randolph S. Davis. The building, commonly known as Quantrill's Flea Market, is for sale and Davis wants the property rezoned so that it does not carry any off-street parking requirements. Without the change, whoever bought the property would have to provide off-street parking for any uses on the building's top floor. With the change, no additional parking would be required.
- Consider a request to rezone from residential to research-industrial uses nine acres about 1,400 feet south of 15th Street, west of Iowa Street. The area is across 15th Street from the Orchards golf course. The Kansas University Endowment Association, which owns the land, also is seeking a preliminary plat for the property, which would be accessible from an already platted area 300 feet east of an existing KU facilities operations site. The endowment association wants to build a new storage facility on the property. The storage area would be for items usually kept at KU's Memorial Stadium but displaced because of the stadium's ongoing renovation.
- Consider a request to annex and rezone 14.5 acres west of Wakarusa Drive and north of Legends Drive, an area currently zoned for agricultural uses but now intended for research-industrial uses. The area is about 2,000 feet southwest of the intersection of Wakarusa and Sixth Street. It would complete the northern area of the existing Oread West Research Park, which is at the corner of Wakarusa and 15th Street. Requested by Bob Billings, president of Alvamar Inc., which owns the property.
- Consider a request to rezone 13.5 acres, from research-industrial to single-family residential uses, west of Research Park Drive and south of 15th Street. Requested by Bob Billings, managing partner for Mabet No. 2, which owns the property. The property is about 2,000 feet southwest of the intersection of 15th and Wakarusa Drive, directly south of the Foxfire residential development. The property borders the Oread West Research Park. The city has plans for a park and satellite public works area on property to the south. Billings and his partners also are requesting approval of a preliminary plat for Oread West-South, a residential subdivision containing 46 lots on 100 acres.
- Consider a request to rezone 17 acres known as Tanger Factory Outlet Center, 1035 N. Third in North Lawrence. The move would eliminate previously imposed use restrictions to allow for construction of a Cracker Barrel restaurant at the south end of the site, just north of an existing Sonic Drive-In. Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, which owns the property, also is seeking approval of a preliminary development plan for the area, as well as a final plat for the Cracker Barrel Addition. Plans call for a restaurant and a hotel.
- Consider a request to approve permits to allow operation of an early childhood education center and an elderly care center at the new Corpus Christi Catholic Church, a spiritual community to be built on 25 acres along the south side of 15th Street, between Wakarusa Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Requested by the church, which owns the property.
- Consider a request for a preliminary development plan for The Villas at Alvamar, a residential area with 66 single-family homes planned on 26.4 acres at the southeast corner of 15th Street and Bobwhite Drive. The area is east of the planned Corpus Christi Catholic Church spiritual campus. Requested by Brian Kubota, who has a contract to buy the land from Alvamar Inc. and Mabet No. 3.
- Consider making text amendments to the joint city-county subdivision regulations. The changes would involve requirements dealing with: building envelopes on plats; minimum frontage on cul-de-sac lots; and separation of drainage and utility easements.
- Consider starting the process for making text amendments to the county's zoning regulations pertaining to community unit plans.