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County commission adopts rural subdivision, development regulations

December 21, 2006

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Amendments to rural subdivision and development regulations intended to streamline land development processes were formally adopted Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.

"It's historic," Commissioner Charles Jones said of the action taken by him and Commissioners Jere McElhaney and Bob Johnson.

County commissioners have been working on the amendments for about two years, a process that also included working with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.

A few weeks ago county commissioners forwarded those amendments to the Lawrence City Commission, which approved them earlier this week. The regulations outline how rural residential areas can be developed and planned for possible future annexation into the city of Lawrence.

County commissioners signed a letter that they will send to city commissioners thanking them for their support and promising to work with the city on related issues and to review the regulations in a year.

Dorthea Jackson, a Baldwin City resident and regular visitor to the county meetings, suggested the county should establish a process for educating the public about the regulations. Commissioners agreed.

"I think we ought to have an implementation strategy meeting after the first of the year," Jones said.

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