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Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Farmland protection document approved

February 11, 2009

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On a 3-2 vote, commissioners approved a new planning document on future industrial development.

Commissioners approved Chapter 7 of Horizon 2020, which had become contentious over the issue of how much protection prime farmland should receive from industrial development.

Commissioners approved wording recommended by the Planning Commission, which was not strong enough for some residents who live near prime farm ground adjacent to the Lawrence Municipal Airport.

The subject likely is not done being debated. Douglas County commissioners have reopened the discussion. They will consider changing the language at their March 4 meeting.

Commissioners Mike Amyx and Boog Highberger voted against Tuesday’s wording.

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