Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2010

Douglas County Commissioners decide to postpone decision on allowing annexation of 51 acres into city of Lawrence

November 18, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated November 18, 2010, 8:56 a.m.


After a meeting lasting more than four hours, Douglas County commissioners postponed their decision on a 51-acre land annexation request.

Venture Properties Inc. submitted the request to annex the area, which is just south of the Farmer’s Turnpike, into the city of Lawrence.

Jane Eldredge, attorney for Venture Properties, Inc., said the land is ideal for annexation because of its close proximity to transportation access, its class-two soils and its minimal slope.

The City of Lawrence Planning and Development Services also requested the County Commission vote to annex the land, suggesting that approval would align with principles outlined in the K-10 Turnpike Plan and the Horizon 20-20 Plan.

The Chamber of Commerce has already voted in favor of annexing the land into Lawrence. Tom Kern, president of the Chamber of Commerce, said the location of the land makes it a viable spot for industrial development — a much needed commodity for the city.

Proponents said approving annexation would enhance the community’s chances of attracting site developers.

More than a dozen people spoke in opposition to the land annexation. Among them was JoAnn Farb, whose home is near the property.

“When we bought this property five years ago, there was absolutely nothing in writing to suggest that this could happen,” said Farb. “It really is unjust to us and dozens and dozens of families who have taken the biggest risk they will ever take by buying homes in this area.”

The County Commission is now scheduled to make a decision at its next meeting, which is on Dec. 1.


hipper_than_hip 7 years, 3 months ago

"Jane Eldredge, attorney for Venture Properties, Inc., said the land is ideal for annexation because of its close proximity to transportation access, its class-two soils and its minimal slope."

Aren't we were protecting class two soils in Douglas County?

I think the argument that we need island annexation for more industrial sites is a red herring. How much I-70 access is enough? There's a bunch of land along the trafficway (both north and south of 6th street) that's already zoned industrial and has utilities in-place; why aren't those properties being developed?

kernal 7 years, 3 months ago

By all means, let's annex this land for industrial developement. We should spread it out all over Douglas County instead of concentrating it in one area. Let's let areas where former industries were located languish and remain unused and turn to blight. Forget about rural residential areas. Heck, make them live in town like the rest of us; why the H#%( should they get to live out in the country! Huh? So what if they act as stewards of the land, raise their own food, blah, blah, blah. Big friggin' deal!

I've not seen, nor heard, a good, strong and valid reason for industrial development in that area of Douglas County. I don't live in that area or own land in that area of the county, but we need to be prudent of where we place industrial development in Douglas County before we ruin it.

shorttrees 7 years, 3 months ago

Does anyone proofread these headlines before posting them? I mean c'mon! "Annextion" is not a word. Try using spell check or even an old fashioned paper based dictionary. It's rather sad how often the community has to provide editorial functions for the online version of the LJW.

lounger 7 years, 3 months ago

Gobble, Gobble down goes more countryside.

lawrencehatesbusinesses 7 years, 3 months ago

Does this developer have any proven track record in successful industrial parks, and if so, what is it? This is leapfrog development, something that is frowned upon by the City. What made them change their tune, now? Just as they changed their tune on Lowe's and suggested leapfrog development instead of 6th & Folks Road. Are the same owning principals involved? I bet they are. And if so, how come they carry the biggest stick these days?

Danimal 7 years, 3 months ago

(singing) Money, money, money! Money!!!

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