Archive for Saturday, July 12, 2008

City to hear industrial zoning request

July 12, 2008


As Lawrence city commissioners rethink whether to move ahead on the Farmland Industries deal, they're poised to dive deeper into a controversial industrial development along the Farmers Turnpike.

City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will hear a rezoning request for 155 acres at the northwest corner of North 1800 Road and East 900 Road. The property is immediately north of the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.

A development group led by Lawrence businessmen Duane and Steve Schwada have said the property is ideal for warehouse development because of its proximity to Interstate 70.

But several neighbors have expressed concerns that the area has not been properly planned for industrial development. They've also expressed concerns that the developers are seeking too intense of an industrial zoning designation. They've proposed a lesser industrial zoning that would allow some warehousing activities but would prohibit some industrial uses.

Neighbors have filed a protest petition, which will force the project to win four of the five votes on the city commission to move forward.

Commissioners previously have been supportive of the developer's proposals. In mid-June, commissioners approved the annexation of the property on a 4-1 vote.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.


Chris Ogle 9 years, 5 months ago

Approve it. My guess is, the Schwada family is not looking for a hand out.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 5 months ago

Commissioners,I cannot attend the meeting tonight. However I have economic concerns about the K-10 industrial site.1. Is there a true need for this site at this point in time? I am told there must be a dozen other sites available as we speak.2. Can Lawrence afford further annexation and potentialdemand for new infrastructure?3. How would Lawrence pay for this new infrastructure?4. Other requests regarding this project:a. Economic Impact Study to determine needb. Overall Environmental Impact Study5. Please consider withholding a zoning decision until project details are available.6. Please consider a comprehensive fiscal analysis be completed before land use plans are adoptedRespectfully,Richard Heckler

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