Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2008

Planning commission recommends annexation of 155 acres

Developers say tract would be ideal for industrial park

March 27, 2008


Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners agreed to recommend a controversial annexation northwest of Lawrence - after deliberating into the early-morning hours today.

Planning commissioners, on a 6-2 vote, agreed to forward on a recommendation for Lawrence to annex 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. The development group previously has tried to win approval for the project through the Douglas County Commission, but neighbors in the area 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 or other similar use because of its proximity to major highways.

A large contingent of neighbors attending Wednesday night's Planning Commission meeting voiced opposition to the plan. The meeting lasted until 12:30 a.m.

Commissioners Grant Eichhorn and Lisa Harris voted against the proposal. Commissioners Hugh Carter and Charles Blaser were absent.

The annexation still must receive necessary approvals from the city commission and county commission before it is final.


hipper_than_hip 10 years, 2 months ago

Q: How much will it cost? A: No one knows because no engineering cost studies have been done.

It's a good thing we've got a surplus of tax money to fund projects where the price has yet to be determined.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Schwada so I hear has been busy trying to buy up all water meters available for his project alone. Is that ethical or legal?

Their decision was based on what? Traffic Impact Studies Environmental Impact Studies *Economic Impact Studies All of the above are missing so none of the above was presented hmmmmmmm.

hipper_than_hip 10 years, 2 months ago

I've heard there haven't been any meters to buy for several years. Regardless, RWD #6 regs prohibit industial users.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 2 months ago

Looks like Schwada campaign contributions have paid off.

Michael Capra 10 years, 2 months ago

good that they all say the right thing for the city and now we can collect some tax dollars

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