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Archive for Saturday, October 2, 2010

City commission agenda for October 5, 2010

Lowe’s issue is back on the table

October 2, 2010

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Bottom Line

After deferring the issue last week, city commissioners are scheduled to consider the first step necessary in allowing a Lowe’s to build near the corner of Sixth Street and Folks Road.

Background

Commissioners are being asked to change a provision in Horizon 2020 that sets forth how the area near Sixth and Folks is planned to develop. The change would allow for greater retail square footage to be built on the property, which is along Sixth Street and in front of Free State High School. Planning commissioners and planning staff members both have recommended denial of the change. The development group, though, has argued the greater retail square footage would help existing retailers that have developed around the Sixth and Wakarusa area. If the change does win approval, the Lowe’s project still will also need to win rezoning and development plan approvals.

Other business

Recognition

• Receive plaque from U.S. Census for participation in the 2010 Census campaign.

• Proclaim the month of October as Meet the Blind Month and Oct. 15 as White Cane Safety Day.

• Proclaim the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

• Proclaim the month of October as Arts and Humanities Month.

Consent agenda

• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from Aug. 24, Sept. 7, and Sept. 14.

• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions:

• Approve all claims.

• Approve licenses as recommended by the city clerk’s office.

• Approve appointments as recommended by the mayor.

• Bid and purchase items:

a.) Establish Oct. 26 as the bid date to receive bids for selected Carnegie Building window rehabilitation/replacement.

b.) Set bid opening date of Oct. 26 for the 2010 Master Street Tree Project.

c.) Authorize the city manager to enter into a contract with EnergyCAP for energy efficiency reporting software in the amount of $22,315.

d.) Authorize city manager to enter into an Engineering Services Agreement with URS Corp. for transitional engineering services for Project No. PW1015, Farmland Transitional Services, in an amount of $29,827.

e.) Authorize the extension of the existing contract with Marsh McBirney-Hach, for the period of October to December 2010, for data delivery services associated with the wastewater collection system’s long-term flow and rainfall monitoring program, for $53,700.

• Adopt the following ordinances on second and final reading:

a) Ordinance No. 8569, for the Rezoning (Z-5-7-10) of approximately 3.113 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to CO (Office Commercial), located at the northeast corner of West Sixth Street and Stoneridge Drive.

b) Ordinance No. 8570, for the Rezoning (Z-5-9-10) approximately 34.527 acres from UR (Urban Reserve) to RM24 (Multi-Dwelling Residential), located north of West Sixth Street between Stoneridge Drive and Queens Road.

c) Ordinance No. 8575, consenting to the transfer of the telecommunication franchise from WorldNet LLC to The World Company.

d) Ordinance No. 8576, consenting to the transfer of the telecommunication franchise from The World Company to Knology.

e) Ordinance No. 8577, consenting to the transfer of the cable franchise from The World Company to Knology.

• Authorize the city manager to enter into an agreement appointing Dr. Kye Evans as medical director for the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department.

• Receive city manager’s report.

Regular agenda

• Receive status report on activities of the Community Commission on Homelessness.

• Consider Comprehensive Plan Amendment, CPA-5-6-10, to Horizon 2020, including the Sixth and Wakarusa Area Plan, to change the designated land use from residential/office to commercial for a portion of the Bauer Farm Development located along Sixth Street between Folks Road and Champion Lane.

Comments

Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

City Commissioners the taxpayers deserve to know exactly how many of OUR local big government tax dollars are on the table. That which includes the loss due to tax incentives.

How about discussion on the Community Improvement District Sales Tax. Also how will customers know before entering the store?

Community Improvement District Sales Tax = local corporate Free Lunch: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/2008/commonthreads/115777.shtml

Much of Legends appears to be a Community Improvement District Sales Tax participant.

Community Improvement District Sales Tax = local corporate Free Lunch is a never ending sales tax. Once the improvements or new projects are accomplished and paid for the sales tax rolls on into large profits.... we can assume. A new Lowe's store would be covered by this Community Improvement District Sales Tax.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 6 months ago

Lowe’s officials want to build in the Bauer Farm development on the north side of West Sixth Street between Folks Road and Wakarusa Drive.

Tax dollars are involved in this decision which makes it the business of all taxpayers across the board. Tax abatements cost taxpayers their tax dollars.

Tax incentives cost taxpayers money. Tax incentives are known as a FREE LUNCH to developers and big box store owners sponsored by the taxpayer.

Lawrence needs every tax dollar to fund our library,our schools,our street maintenance,traffic light maintenance,city hall in general,water and sewer line maintenance,fire department,LPD etc etc etc.

Lots of empty buildings no matter their use = over built markets = buildings that are not paying their way = more money from the wallets of taxpayers the majority of which do not support reckless fiscal decisions.

Over built markets are unfriendly to business

Over built markets are unfriendly to new and existing business

The idea of new retail is to bring on new jobs,new tax revenue and new economic growth.

The idea of new retail is not to put others out of business = lost jobs,lost tax revenue and lost economic growth = zero gain = very unfriendly to taxpayers and employees which in turn makes developers an unaffordable budget item.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 6 months ago

Verrado is "new urbanism".

Lawrence want 'new urbanism" then rebuild the urban first.

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texburgh 3 years, 6 months ago

Lowes is part of the "new urbanism?" Good example of how Lawrence developers lie to get initial approval then come back over and over getting adjustments until they get the trash strip mall they really wanted all along. Anyone want one of those residential lofts above the Lowes or the car wash or one of the fast food drive throughs in this lovely example of new urbanism? These amendments just prove that campaign cash rules the commission. Pathetic.

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