Douglas County commissioners deferred a decision on adding the Northeast Sector Plan to Horizon 2020 until the June 1 meeting.
Commissioners heard public comment and discussed the issue for more than three hours before deciding to defer the plan, which would guide future development in northeast Lawrence and Grant Township.
Many Douglas County residents spoke against accepting the plan because they said it didn’t take enough care to conserve the valuable Class I and Class II soils in the area and instead promoted industrial development.
“I’m afraid of the domino effect. I’ve seen runaway development,” said Charles NovoGradac, owner of Chestnut Charlie’s farm in the area. “I can see development fever starting with a domino in an area like this and proceeding across the plain. I’m in a threatened position.”
The commission will entertain more public comment at the 6:35 p.m. meeting June 1 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.