Archive for Wednesday, July 6, 2011

City commissioners send land annexation request to Douglas County Commission to be reviewed

July 6, 2011


A request to open up more space for industrial development northwest of Lawrence is headed to Douglas County commissioners for review.

Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday night to ask county commissioners to review the request, which seeks to annex 67 acres of property into the city of Lawrence. The property cannot be annexed until county commissioners determine that the annexation would not harm or hinder the proper development of the area.

“This is just the first step,” said Mike Amyx, a city commissioner who has served previously as a county commissioner.

All of the discussions and deliberations are coming at the request of Steve Rothwell and members of his family, who want to market their property — wedged between the Kansas Turnpike and the Farmer’s Turnpike, about a half mile east of the Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton Interchange — for industrial development.

Having watched Topeka land plans for a new $250 million manufacturing plant for Snickers bars and M&M; candies — and the more than 200 jobs the project calls for to start — Rothwell wants to get his property ready for whatever might come Lawrence’s way.

“It could be a manufacturing plant,” he said, after Tuesday’s meeting. “It could be a warehouse. … Eventually, the area’s going to take off.”

The property is adjacent to property to the east that previously has been annexed and zoned for industrial development. Along the north side of the Farmer’s Turnpike, to the west, also is property annexed and zoned for industrial development.

Both of those properties, however, are not contiguous to the rest of the city of Lawrence, and therefore are considered “islands” in zoning terms.

The Rothwell property would add acreage to those properties available for industrial development.

“Basically, it’s a larger island,” Amyx said.


jesse499 6 years, 10 months ago

Steve I hope there's noway they can call that a wetland out there.

somebodynew 6 years, 10 months ago

What ever happened to the policy of no "island annexations"???? Seem like this stretches the Police and Fire for no good reason.

hipper_than_hip 6 years, 10 months ago

There is no formal agreement between the City and emergency services regarding how calls to these "islands" will be handled. There are three occupied residences in this annexation request; will the LPD and LFD respond to 911 calls now? How will fire insurance ratings and rates be affected by the annexation of property that is over two miles outside the current city limit?

somebodynew 6 years, 10 months ago

In absence of a formal agreement, in the past it has always been - if it is in the City it is the LPD and LFD who have to handle things. I remember Mud Creek Park that technically wasn't even in Dg Co (if I am remembering correctly) but the LPD still had to go there because it was "in the City".

Lawrence_Pilot 6 years, 10 months ago

We don't need more land in the city limits. We don't need another industrial park. We need to better maintain the town we already have.

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