Douglas County commissioners will consider rezoning 52 acres south of Lawrence for a residential development at tonight's meeting.
Shank Hill East is planned as a 10-lot development on the east side of U.S. Highway 59 just south of Berg Acres, about two miles south of Lawrence. The farmland is owned by Carl McElwee.
In June, Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners narrowly approved recommending rezoning the property because some were concerned it didn't fit in with the county's Horizon 2020 plan.
In addition, planning staff said rezoning approval could affect nearby property by acting as a catalyst for more residential subdivisions. However, staff said the property is suited for the subdivision because of its proximity to Berg Acres, and the county's growth management policy allows lots of five acres or larger to be platted and located outside the urban growth area.
The rezoning issue is the only item on tonight's agenda because commissioners are expecting a lot of public comment.
The meeting starts at 6:35 p.m. at the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.