Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

LMH rezoning request wins first approval

February 15, 2007

With preliminary designs in hand Feb. 7, Lawrence Memorial Hospital attorney Chad Cook asked the Eudora Planning Commission to approve rezoning for the eventual site of the hospital's Eudora campus.

The campus will be located on 24.8 acres south of Kansas Highway 10.

Cook asked the commission to change the land from agricultural zoning to commercial zoning. The land has been identified as suitable for commercial zoning, based on the comprehensive land use map, he said.

With his request, Cook presented a preliminary design for the hospital site.

"Again this is a preliminary plan," Cook said. "We're still working with staff and the hospital is trying to figure out where to go on that land."

The final location for the hospital will depend on what officials decide to use it for, he said. The prevailing visions are that the site would be used for family practice or other ancillary uses, Cook said.

Planning Commission Chairman Kurt von Achen pointed out the preliminary designs only made limited use of the parcel.

"We're not sure what it will look like at this time," Cook said.

The first phase will just be one medical building, Cook said.

City planning consultant Julie Hurley of Bucher Willis and Ratliff echoed Cook's assertion the zoning request does fit into the city's long-term land use plan.

No one spoke during the public hearing on the rezoning, but Eudora Township Trustee Eugene Westerhouse expressed concern about increased traffic on White Dog Road.

After listening to Westerhouse's concerns, von Achen assured him traffic issues regarding White Dog Road would be discussed in the development process.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend approval for the zoning change.

"I mean when things fly through, they fly through," von Achen said.

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