Archive for Thursday, November 15, 2007

County extends moratorium on construction near County Road 1

November 15, 2007

Leavenworth County Commissioners on Thursday extended a moratorium preventing development along County Road 1 leading to a proposed interchange with Interstate 70 for an additional 12 months.

The moratorium's boundaries will remain as previously defined -- 1 1/2 miles east and west of County Road 1, 1/2 mile south of Kansas Highway 32 and 1/2 mile north of Kansas Avenue to the Tonganoxie city limits -- despite requests from Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez to adjust the northern boundary because of "private interest" in land just south of the city limit.

The moratorium, issued May 21 of this year, will now expire Nov. 21, 2008.

The board also approved a motion to table releasing a request for proposals for a planning consultant for the project until a board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The proposed RFP asks a consultant team to formulate economic analysis documents to determine the investment potential of land along County Road 1 and what infrastructure is necessary to give Leavenworth County taxpayers the greatest possible return on their investment, Planning and Zoning Director Chris Dunn said.

In an October meeting, Commission Chairman J.C. Tellefson said the county is willing to commit up to $10.8 million for the more than $13 million project.

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