Archive for Saturday, October 18, 2008

City Commission agenda: Residents request farmland protection

October 18, 2008


Agenda highlights ¢ 6:30 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at

Residents request farmland protection

Bottom line

City commissioners will again consider how much protection prime farm ground should be given from industrial development. The issue is the last matter commissioners need to resolve before passing a new chapter of their long-range plan on what areas are suitable for development.


Residents, especially those near a proposed industrial park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport, have urged commissioners to put language in the plan that discourage industrial development on farm ground that is rated highly by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Other business

Executive session at 5:30 p.m.

¢ Consider a motion to recess into executive session for approximately 45 minutes to meet attorneys for the city on matters that are deemed privileged under the attorney-client relationship and to discuss possible real estate acquisition. The regular meeting will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Consent agenda

¢ Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Oct. 7.

¢ Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

¢ Approve all claims.

¢ Approve licenses as recommended by the Department of Administrative Services.

¢ Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

¢ Bid and purchase items:

a.) Award bids for the 2008 Weatherization Program as follows: Bid Memo

¢ Storm windows to Kennedy Glass Inc. for $47,209.04.

¢ Weather stripping of doors to T.J. Holdings Inc. for $2,955.

¢ Attic insulation to Midwest Insulation for $26,652.

b.) Approve bid for 190 trees for the Master Street Tree Project for Parks and Recreation to Arbor Masters for $40,470.

¢ Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a.) Ordinance No. 8336, authorizing Special Use Permit SUP-07-07-08 for Countryside, a proposed extended care facility to serve as an Alzheimer's treatment facility, 1216 Biltmore Drive. Submitted by Landplan Engineering PA, for Free State Development LC.

b.) Ordinance No. 8297, incorporating by reference, a text amendment (TA-03-01-08) to amend Article 4 of the Development Code relating to uses permitted in the GPI District.

c.) Ordinance No. 8339, establishing the Bauer Farm Development Transportation Development District, generally at the northeast corner of the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

d.) Ordinance No. 8331, rezoning approximately .48 acres (Z-05-10-08) from RMG (Multi-Dwelling Residential-Greek Housing) to MU (Mixed Use), at 1420 Crescent Road.

e.) Ordinance No. 8332, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-2008-11) amending the Southeast Area Plan to change the area designated for high-density residential north of 25th Terrace to Community Commercial and change the Land Use Descriptions in applicable areas.

¢ Adopt Resolution No. 6808, authorizing the execution of a Development Agreement for the Bauer Farm Transportation Development District, northeast corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, and approve the development agreement.

¢ Approve request for a six-month extension of the site plan approval for SP-12-93-06, a site plan for an office building at 501 Rockledge Road.

Regular agenda

¢ Consider approving revised CPA-2004-02, a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to Horizon 2020, Chapter 7: Industrial and Employment Related Land Use, and consider adopting on first reading revised Joint City Ordinance No. 8283/County Resolution No. ____, for Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA-2004-02) to Horizon 2020, Chapter 7.

¢ Consider changes to the city environmental code pertaining to trash abatement and adopt on first reading, Ordinance No. 8280, amending Section 9-607 of the city code related to the issuance of notices of violation under the environmental code.

¢ Conduct public hearing to consider the vacation of an unused utility easement in Lot 1, Block 1, Legends Addition No. 1 as requested by owner Jack Biegler, Ellison KU, LTD.

¢ Consider authorizing the mayor to sign a letter of intent with Kansas University regarding transit and receive report from KU/City Transit Planning Committee.

¢ Receive city auditor's report on pavement condition measures.


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