Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

Moratorium placed on CR1 development

May 24, 2007

Leavenworth County commissioners have placed a moratorium on development in a prime area of real estate south of Tonganoxie.

Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the moratorium or a cessation on any development along County Road 1 leading to a proposed interchange with Interstate 70 until it puts into place new development rules and regulations for the area.

The six-month moratorium applies to all land 1 1/2 miles east and west of CR-1, 1/2 mile north of Honey Creek Road and 1/2 mile south of Kansas Highway 32.

County Counselor David Van Parys said it was within the county's legal right to establish a managed development zone.

"What we tried to do is allow people living in that corridor to continue farming their land, to continue living their lifestyle and even add an addition to their home if necessary," said Planning and Zoning director Chris Dunn.

Commission Chairman J.C. Tellefson asked if the moratorium precluded an annexation from any neighboring communities, and Van Parys said it did not.

"You can't preordain how you're going to rule on (the land)," he said.

In other business Monday, commissioners:

¢ Discussed a request from the chief legal counsel for Johnson County Water District No. 1, the utility that is planning to create a residual monofill in southern Leavenworth County to store sediment leftover from drinking water it will draw from the Missouri River.

According to Van Parys, the purpose of the meeting will be to coordinate the project with local land use regulation.

Commissioners acknowledged a concern from the city of Lansing and discussed inviting city officials to the meeting, tentatively scheduled for the first week in June.

The monofill is in Lansing's urban growth management plan, Dunn said, adding that the meeting with WaterOne will give city authorities a chance to voice their concerns as well.

¢ Denied, in a 3-0 vote, developer Bob Connelly's request to use 17,000 tons of rock from the Tonganoxie Rock Quarry to pave county roads surrounding the Rocking C Subdivision in the Tonganoxie Township.

Van Parys said that, according to state statute, "any city or county shall not sell or otherwise provide paving material to any private person or private entity provided that, one, the materials cannot be obtained elsewhere and that, two, the materials are not necessary because of the existence of a disaster or emergency."

¢ Approved a motion, 3-0, to pay the initial billing statement received from Lathrop & Gage, the hired legal consultant for initial engineering and planning work along County Road 1.

According to Van Parys, attorneys with the Overland Park based law firm will submit an 18-month estimate for additional costs within the next three to four weeks.

¢ Unanimously approved a motion to renew Department of Juvenile Services director Bob Doyle's contract at $52,540 with an exempt job status.

¢ Voted, 3-0, to renew County Counselor David Van Parys' contract for one year in the amount of $77,158.

¢ Met in four separate executive sessions totaling 45 minutes to discuss personnel issues and pending litigation.

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