Lawrence Landscape wants permission to revise its conditional-use permit to allow additional topsoil removal. However, neighbors of the 5-acre "dirt farm" say any more dirt removal will heighten the possibility of flooding.
The company asked Douglas County commissioners for permission to remove a total of 18 inches of topsoil instead of the 12 inches originally permitted.
Jane Cooper, who lives near the property at 1171 N. 1250 Rd., said she was concerned about the effect of removing additional earth.
"Flooding is already precarious," she said. "I want to know what the impact will be to the neighbors."
Wanda Lewis, who lives on land adjoining the dirt farm, said her septic system no longer has anywhere to drain, which she said could be a serious health hazard.
Lawrence Landscape president Glen Westervelt said he realizes drainage is a problem in the area, but he said it's not because of his topsoil harvesting.
He said the real problem is that the road serving the six neighbors of the area does not drain properly.
Commissioners listened to both sides for 90 minutes and decided to table Westervelt's request until they can learn more about drainage options. Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioner Frank Male is vice president of Lawrence Landscape.