Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

City wants to get jump on plan for western growth

February 14, 2006


Lawrence city leaders have said they want to get ahead of growth. At their weekly meeting tonight, they'll have a chance.

City staff plan to ask the Lawrence City Commission for permission to start developing an area plan for 7.5 square miles west of Kansas Highway 10. The area is bounded on the north by U.S. Highway 40 and extends to Clinton Lake on the south.

"It's a fairly natural assumption to think that's where the city will grow," Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen said.

Wildgen met last week with the owner of 400 acres west of K-10. According to a staff memo, the property owner does not have immediate plans to develop the land, but will seek building permits later this decade. Wildgen said that means now would be the right time to start planning for the water, sewer and road systems expected to fill the area.

"Being ahead of time, two or three, or even more years, is still better than waiting until it's too late," Wildgen said.

In addition to infrastructure, Wildgen said the city commission should keep in mind the need for public works, police and fire services as they consider planning for the area.

City commissioners will meet at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.


Richard Heckler 12 years, 3 months ago

I would say no until other matters such as street repair and light industrial development have taken place. Now Lawrence needs jobs not new houses. Spend money on old infrastructure as well as white collar bio tech jobs. Lawrence needs light industrial jobs over and above housing construction.

mcoan 12 years, 3 months ago

"City staff plan to ask the Lawrence City Commission for permission to start developing an area plan for 7.5 square miles west of Kansas Highway 10. "

This is really, really stupid. It's not like there's no land left east of the bypass! Fill it in first.

Is there no limit to our town embracing sprawl? Jeez, get a grip. I propose an urban growth boundary consisting of the bypass...anything outside it and lots must have a minimum size of 20 acres. It works great in Oregon, as I've pointed out in previous posts.

And if you ARE going to make every last bit of Douglas County into Lawrence, then make the developers pay for everthing. Estimate all the effects of the sprawl and bill it to stations, schools, paved streets with curbs and sidewalks, police stations, you name it. The rest of Lawrence shouldn't have to keep paying for it.

neopolss 12 years, 3 months ago

Let's concentrate on existing infrastructure! If Lawrence cannot keep the current streets within order and repaired, it shouldn't keep building more!


Rhoen 12 years, 3 months ago

So, who IS "the property owner"? Whose nests are going to be feathered by this development?

Lawrence citizens don't stand to benefit in any practical way from this expansion (but WILL get to pay for all of the infrastructural bells and whistles it will demand).

So who WILL benefit? Ditch-digging companies? Fence companies? Asphalt and pipe companies? (All owned by local-boys-who-made-good.) New fat-cats coming in to oversee factories that are getting free rides who need a fancy place to live? Personnel of city and county government, somewhere along the way?

Another ill-conceived, short-sighted scheme that is probably already a done-deal. Don't waste your breath or energy asking for sound reasoning on this one either.

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