Archive for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

City sends northwest Lawrence retail zoning request back to Planning Commission

January 15, 2013


A request to rezone 146 acres at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway for retail and commercial uses will get another review from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.

Commissioners on a 4-1 vote agreed to send the item back to the Planning Commission for more guidance on how much retail space ought to be allowed at the corner.

The property is the site once proposed to house a city recreation center and Kansas University sports park. The recreation center and sports park, however, are now proposed for the northeast corner of the intersection.

Commissioner Mike Dever voted against sending the item back for more consideration. Dever argued the city was equipped to make a decision on the property without it being reviewed again by the Planning Commission.


Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

"Commissioner Mike Dever voted against sending the item back for more consideration."

Translation: Dever is sending a message to his developer campaign contributors that he is their dutiful boy.

somebodynew 5 years, 4 months ago

Gee - wonder if the Commission even thinks about the fact that this wouldn't be such a problem (that isn't going away quickly or quietly) if they had just taken their time before just jumping at the first proprosal.

Nah - because they are still doing the same thing across the road.

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Well put. I don't think most of us are per se against the idea of more recreational facilities. Instead, I think many of the objections lie much more with the process involved than with the merits (or lack thereof) of the project to the residents of Lawrence.

The public debate should be about what type of facility or facilities will best suit the needs of Lawrencians. Instead, we have one option--the Fritzel proposal, which is being rushed through and crammed down our throats on an all of nothing basis.

Taxpayer money should be spent to benefit the people of Lawrence, and not to please the KU Endowment Association and/or line the pockets of a wealthy developer.

Why is the commission in such a big hurry to sign on to the Fritzel project. I believe the answer is obvious: the more we debate this publicly, the more it appears that the Fritzel project is not in the best interests of the people of Lawrence.

We need to back up and consider other alternatives. If the city commission truly represented the interests of the people rather than the interests of a wealthy developer, they would agree.

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