Archive for Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Land annexation plan moves forward

November 10, 2010


A proposal to annex and eventually rezone 51 acres of property northwest of Lawrence as a new industrial site cleared another hurdle at City Hall.

City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to ask Douglas County commissioners to approve of an annexation at the southwest corner of N. 1800 and E. 1000 Road. The county must approve of the annexation because it currently is not adjacent to the city limits.

The owners — Lawrence-based Venture Properties — wants to annex the land and have it rezoned for industrial uses. Several neighbors in the area objected, but commissioners were told that several city planning documents recommended the site eventually be used for industrial development.

Commissioners agreed to move forward, but Commissioner Aron Cromwell said he may ask the developer to consider a less-intensive industrial zoning category when the zoning issue comes back up for consideration later this year.


somebodynew 7 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, good luck with that Commissioner Cromwell. This group gets what they want and does not like to compromise. And what ever happened to the City policy against "island annexations" where City services don't exist ??????

hipper_than_hip 7 years, 7 months ago

The chamber of commerce has convinced the planning commission and the city commission that we don't have enough industrial sites around Lawrence, and both have fallen for it hook, line, and sinker. And neither commission will listen to any arguments to the contrary.

Douglas_Co 7 years, 7 months ago

The negative letters posted were probably written by neighbors who don't want industry in their back yards. Instead of casting commissioners as "bad guys" perhaps they might be more community-oriented and appreciate what industrial development might do for the community at large (including job and tax base growth).

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