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LHS project back at Planning Commission

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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.

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John Hamm 6 years, 8 months ago

"approval ........... it accomplishes the intent of the"in other words it a fait accompli as will any other "variances" the school district might need.

budwhysir 6 years, 8 months ago

Well I for one hope we hire a special research group to carry out this legal battle with the city. We cant even elect a superintendent on our own, how are we going to win a legal battle in court? Oh I forgot, in todays day and age, we must spend more money to have top notch lawyers employed by the school district than we pay our teachers. After all, school is no longer a learning institution but rather another arena for political and corporate greed.Pull all the strings you can, our school system will soon go down in a blaze of glory. The do gooders and the hand me outs are about to colide in a battle of " I can outspend you" and a follow up of " oh no you cant lawsuit" So take that and write it 100 times on your blackboard Local yokos

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