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LHS project back at Planning Commission
The controversial improvements near Lawrence High School have another small hurdle to clear at the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission next week. Planning commissioners will be considering the preliminary plat and a variance request for the portions of the improvements near the former Centennial School building at 2145 La. The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Preliminary plats normally are routinely approved, because they largely show just technical details such as lot lines and location of easements and rights-of-way. School district leaders, however, are requesting variance from the city’s right-of-way standards. Instead of providing a full 50-foot right-of-way along Louisiana Street, the school district is proposing to provide a 40-foot right -of-way and a 10-foot pedestrian and utility easement. The variance is needed to keep the current school building in compliance with proper setback standards. Staff members are recommending approval of the variance, in part, because it accomplishes the intent of the right-of-way requirement. In other business, the Planning Commission will consider changes to the Douglas County zoning code. The changes involve major updates of terms and categories. The updates also include more language making it clearer that farmers have several rights to do agritourism ventures and value-added agriculture ventures as part of their agriculturally zoned property.