Archive for Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Developers to make case for annexation

March 25, 2008


Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners on Wednesday will hear a request to annex into Lawrence nearly 155 acres near the Lecompton interchange on Interstate 70.

Local developers are seeking the annexation as part of a plan to create an industrial park at the interchange west of Lawrence. The development group previously has tried to win approval for the project through the Douglas County Commission, but neighbors in the area have protested the development as being out of place and premature.

Developers, including Lawrence businessmen Duane and Steve Schwada, have said the site is excellent for a distribution center because of its proximity to major highways.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.


hipper_than_hip 10 years, 2 months ago

This is a nothing but sprawl; the closest city utilites are 2 miles away! No studies or planning has been done to support annexation. This is too important of an area to leave it to the developers to decide what's right for the city.

somebodynew 10 years, 2 months ago

And they have already been rejected by the County Commission two different times. Now they are trying an "end run" around the county, just so they can get their way. BS on this move.

gr 10 years, 2 months ago

Would anyone expect to see a headline:

Developers say annexation is a bad idea.

hipper_than_hip 10 years, 2 months ago

$8M to upgrade utilities for the airport where water and sewer already exist, how much for brand new utilities at this site?

No one knows, because no studies have been done.

somebodynew 10 years, 2 months ago

Hipper - AND no one knows, because they have consistently refused to say just what they have in mind. Just something "industrial". One of the things talked about is a large truck wash/stop. Do you think the township water supply would handle that???? I live out that way and am positive it won't. And if it becomes City, what about the Police and Fire driving out there????

hipper_than_hip 10 years, 2 months ago

RWD #6 regs prohibit industrial users, so I suspect that's why the developers have asked to be annexed.

I've been told that if this annexation goes thru, then that opens up all of the farmers turnpike between K-10 and Kasold to industrial development. Duane and Steve own something like 1000 acres along the farmers turnpike.

Much more thought needs to go into the planning of that area than just the wishes of a developer to be annexed into the city so they can build something that's to be determined at a later date.

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