Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Commission to hear annexation request

May 14, 2008


A developer's request for annexation into the city of Lawrence goes before the Douglas County Commission tonight.

Commissioners will discuss the possible annexation of nearly 160 acres at the northwest corner of North 1800 and East 900 roads north of the Lecompton Interstate 70 interchange.

The annexation is being sought by a development group led by Steve and Duane Schwada and Stonewell Farms LLC for a business park. Last month the Lawrence City Commission approved a resolution asking the county to decide whether annexation would hinder or prevent growth in the area.

The commission also plans to:

¢ Consider approving mountain bike trails at Wells Overlook Park.

¢ Hold public hearings on vacating and designating as minimum maintenance East 700 Road from North 1800 Road to North 1900 Road.

Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. on the second floor of the courthouse, 1100 Mass.


Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

Annexation is a means to receive corporate welfare for an area that has no tenants on this project. Another project which may never pay back to the community. If these guys want to cash in on the new rail hub maybe they should locate their warehouses closer to the hub. Seem like those will be the builders that will cash in?With annexation, which in and of itself increases the cost of community services, will be more: water and sewer lines streets and repairshousespublic schools fire stations law enforcement manpowersidewalks snow removal bike trails and cross walks Traffic signals Traffic calming developers requesting more tax dollar assistance(new infrastructure) for theirwarehouses and retail strip malls.*In general increases the cost of community services to all taxpayers.

hipper_than_hip 9 years, 7 months ago

Island annexation is against Horizon 2020, and the city commission has several times spoken out against island annexation. There is no infrastructure in place to support this annexation, and no cost benefit analysis has been performed. Why is this being considered? We have no money to extend utilities this far outside the city limits, and we have no money to upgrade roads in this area to carry the extra truck traffic. Are there not 200 acres of sewered and watered industrial zoned land ready to build on at both East Hills and Farmland? And what about the SE Area plan; how many acres of new industrial are ready to develop out there?

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