Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Planning loophole

July 11, 2001


To the editor:

The news article in the June 7 Journal-World about Home Depot pitching a new plan for developing a big box retail center at 31st and Iowa should remind citizens how our laws and regulations are structured.

If commissioners reject a plan, the developer must wait a year before resubmitting a plan for the designated location UNLESS the new plan has substantial changes. Like most of our laws and regulations, here we have a loophole. Who defines "substantial?"

A developer could submit an original plan that is much larger than what is really needed so that if it is denied, then he could make substantial changes and resubmit it before a year. That way he could avoid the one year delay and still get his original plan approved.

Lawrence needs to preserve more space for residential property within city limits rather than encourage sprawl.

Lester C. Marsh,


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