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Planning commission to discuss Wal-Mart, subdivision plans

August 20, 2006

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Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners will have a busy week-and-a-half - they are scheduled to consider plans for a new Wal-Mart store and consider adopting a new set of subdivision regulations.

Commissioners will hear the preliminary development plan for a Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive beginning at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at City Hall, Sixth and New Hampshire streets. The development plan includes the size and design of the building. Planning commissioners will debate the project and make a recommendation to city commissioners, who must give final approval to the plan.

Before that, though, planners will meet Monday to discuss new subdivision regulations that will spell out how new neighborhoods should be designed in the city and how rural development should occur in the county. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The subdivision regulations must be approved by both the city and county commissions.

Commissioners also will meet this Wednesday to make recommendations on several items. Those include:

¢ A conditional use permit for Midnight Farm, a residential living facility at 2084 N. 600 Road that will be operated by Community Living Opportunities.

¢ A special-use permit for T-Mobile to place a 150-foot communications tower at 3420 Bob Billings Parkway, which is property owned by the Lawrence Hidden Valley Committee.

¢ A preliminary plat for a new 11-acre apartment development at the southwest corner of Kasold Drive and 31st Street.

¢ A preliminary plat for Branham Farms, a residential development that would have 43 single-family lots and 15 multifamily lots on 20 acres of property south of Peterson Road and west of Monterey Way.

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