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Commission Board Meeting on Wed, November 12, 2003 - 6:35 PM

Meeting Information: 
  • Convene
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Consider approval of minutes of November 5, 2003

 (1) (a) Consider approval of  Commission Orders

 (2) Consider joint resolution with City directing staff to begin work on updating the industrial chapter of Horizon 2020, including the identification of future industrial parks (Craig Weinaug)

 (3) CPA-2003-4: Consider amendment to Horizon 2020 to update Economic Development Element (Brad Hauschild)

 (4) Other Business
  (a) Consider approval of Accounts Payable (if necessary)
  (b) Appointments
  (c) Miscellaneous
  (d) Public Comment 

 (5) Adjourn

Meeting Location: 
County Courthouse
Street Address: 
1100 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, USA
Meeting Minutes: 

Johnson called meeting to order at 6:37 P.M. on Wednesday, November 12, 2003, with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Johnson introduced and welcomed Casandra Woosley as the Eudora Student representative.

Jones moved approval of the minutes of November 5, 2003; Jones seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

It was the consensus of the Board to pull the item "Consider resolution clarifying 250' road frontage requirements" for discussion. Therefore, there were no consent items.

The Board discussed approval of revisions to the Home Rule Resolution providing for the temporary prohibition of the issuance of permits for the construction or placement of dwellings and mobile homes on certain tracts. Johnson stated that he believed this resolution clearly and accurately states the original intent of the 250' easement. Jones stated that has been on the Board for five (5) years and knew this was the long-standing intent. McElhaney made a motion to approve Home Rule Resolution No. HR-03-11-5 providing for the temporary prohibition of the issuance of permits for the construction or placement of dwellings and mobile homes on certain tracts which serves to clarify the original intent. Motion was seconded by Jones and carried unanimously.

PLANNING 11-12-03
The Board considered Item No. 9 of the minutes of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission dated 10/22/03. This item is CPA- 2003-4: Consider amendment to Horizon 2020 to update Economic Development Element. Brad Hauschild and Bryan Dyer, staff members of the Lawrence- Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Department, were present for the discussion. Hauschild explained that this document is a summary of the Strategic Economic Development Plan for Douglas County which was recently updated. The proposed Economic Development Element would eventually be amended into Horizon 2020 emphasizing the Goals and Policies -- while the larger Strategic Plan would serve as the primary document, providing more detailed information. Johnson noted the language in Policy 6: Priority 6.1: stated:

"The communities of Douglas County (Baldwin City, Eudora, Lawrence, and Lecompton) should initiate plans for business park development and each respective Planning Commission within those communities should work proactively in identifying areas for future business park development within their planning areas."

Johnson stated that if the intent is planning commissions within Douglas County, including Baldwin City, Lecompton, Eudora and Lawrence and Douglas County supports development, he was supportive. However, if it is limited to exclusively within the city limits of those communities, he would not support. It was the consensus of the Board to direct staff to rework the language and place on the Consent Agenda on November 19, 2003. No action was taken.

The Board then discussed a joint resolution of the City of Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County, Kansas concerning the identification and establishment of future business parks in Lawrence and Douglas County. Johnson noted that the intent was to create a common directive from both commissions to the planning staff and commission to begin the process of identifying industrial sites for the process of updating Horizon 2020. The City considered approval of this resolution at their meeting on November 11, but did not take action. Jones stated he was supportive of the resolution. McElhaney cited concerns about specific zoning not being allowed in the County. Industrial needs might not always be within annexed city areas. It was the consensus of the Board that Johnson contact the Mayor to find out what the City's concerns were. No action was taken.

At 7:35 P.M., Johnson made a motion to go into executive session until 8:0 P.M. with Craig Weinaug, County Administrator, and Dan Watkins, Attorney, to discuss litigation. Motion was seconded by Jones and carried unanimously. The Board returned to regular session at 8:00 P.M.

Jones made a motion to authorize Craig Weinaug, County Administrator, to execute a Representation Agreement between Douglas County and Dan Watkins for representation in matters arising from Lawrence Journal World vs. Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Motion was seconded by McElhaney and carried unanimously.

 Jones moved for adjournment.  McElhaney seconded and the motion carried unanimously.

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Bob Johnson, Chairman                         Jere McElhaney, Member


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Patty Jaimes, County Clerk                    Charles Jones, Member