Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2007

County OKs site plan

November 29, 2007

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A revised site plan for a farm for developmentally disabled people near Baldwin City was approved by the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday.

Community Living Opportunities will relocate a private drive, two houses, part of a recreation trail and a multipurpose building. A swimming pool and pool shelter are being removed from the Midnight Farm plan because of concern about liability issues.

In 2006, commissioners approved a conditional-use permit for the development at 2084 N. 600 Road. The permit allows developmentally disabled people and their host families to live on the 40-acre farm.

Commissioners also held a public hearing on a petition requesting vacation of an access and utility easement so that a new easement can be dedicated on the Midnight Farm site. There was no public comment and commissioners approved the request.

On another issue, commissioners officially received a request from the Marion Township Board to declare small portions of East 200, East 600, East 650 and North 1 roads as "minimum maintenance." Commissioners then agreed to pass that request to the Douglas County Planning Commission for action.

A minimum maintenance road receives little or no routine work, generally because of very low traffic volumes.

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