County commissioners to consider planning items, review budget work at upcoming meeting

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The west side of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., is pictured on Sept. 23, 2021.

Douglas County commissioners are expected to decide on a pair of planning and development items at their business meeting on Wednesday evening. 

One of the items being considered is a site plan for a contractor’s shop/yard located at 1749 East 1500 Road. According to a memo from the county’s Planning Department, the property lies within the Lawrence airport’s airspace overlay boundary and is subject to special conditions from the Federal Aviation Administration. Midwest Custom Pools, a swimming pool installation business, is proposing the project, which would involve constructing an approximately 11,000-square-foot building on the site, according to plans filed with the county.

Commissioners also will consider renewing a temporary business permit that allows for a “burn pit” to continue operating at 1289 East 1750 Road through March of 2025. The burn pit is used to discard trees, brush and other vegetation.

Commissioners will also hold a work session that addresses procedural matters related to the county’s recently approved 2024 budget. Those issues include updates the county has made to the funding agreements it has with various nonprofit agencies that receive county funding.

In other business, the commission will receive the county’s 2022 financial audit and is expected to make a determination on whether to accept it as presented.

The commission’s work session begins at 4 p.m. followed by the regular business meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets. A Zoom link can be found on the county’s website,


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