Douglas County Commission to consider plans for sustainability center

At their first meeting of the new year, Douglas County Commissioners on Wednesday will consider issuing a conditional-use permit for Good Earth Gatherings, a recreational facility which would provide outreach and education on sustainable and healthy living.

Property owner Tamara Fairbanks-Ishmael seeks to use 10.5 acres at 858 E. 1500 Rd. for the facility. Related retail items would be sold on the property. In November, Fairbanks-Ishmael told the Journal-World if the permit were approved, she would like to begin holding classes by next fall.

At least one neighbor has expressed concern that the facility would cause unwanted traffic in the rural area, which is about a half-mile west of the South Lawrence Trafficway on West 15th Street, if it were extended into the county.

The commission meeting is set for 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.

Commissioners also will:

• Receive long-term 2012 plans from the Planning Commission on projects in the county and hear updates on existing projects.

• Consider approving a contract with Kansas Gas Service to move a natural gas line because it’s near a planned reconstruction project on one mile of Douglas County Road 1055 between U.S. Highway 56 in Baldwin City and Douglas County Road 12, which also is known as the State Lake Road. Moving the line would cost $9,461.