Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Industrial zoning sought for 47 acres

September 19, 2001

Leavenworth County Planning Commission members will consider in October whether to rezone land that could become the site of a natural-gas powered electricity generation plant.

A request to rezone 47.4 acres at Bauserman Road and 195th Street will be considered during a meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the North Courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse, 300 Walnut, in Leavenworth.

Duke Energy North America is considering the site for a $200 million electricity plant. The land is about 10 miles northeast of Tonganoxie.

Duke has not made a decision on whether to construct the plant in Leavenworth County. But John Zoellner, director of planning and zoning for Leavenworth County, said obtaining light industrial zoning is one more hurdle to cross.

"They have to get approval before they can make a final decision," he said.

Once planning commissioners act on the request, it will be considered by Leavenworth County commissioners. The request was submitted by the firm of Polsinelli Shalton and Welte, on behalf of Bartley and Sherry Schwegler, who own the property.

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