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Lampe project back on agenda

by Sheila Gardner

A proposed strip mall near the intersection of Waterloo Lane and Highway 395 will get a second chance after county commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to rehear the 30-acre project.

Developer Roger Falcke is seeking a master plan amendment to change designation for the nearly 23 acres from agricultural to community facilities. A strip mall is proposed for seven acres along Highway 395 which would be rezoned for commercial use, and the rest could be used to expand Lampe Park, possibly for development of a skatepark.

County commissioners originally approved the project Sept. 2 with a 3-2 vote. County statute, however, requires a super majority of 4-1 or 5-0, so the project failed.

District Attorney Scott Doyle explained Thursday that one of the people who voted in favor of the project had to request reconsideration of the master plan amendment. The board’s action Thursday merely grants the reconsideration.

“I didn’t request to have this on the agenda,” said Commissioner Steve Weissinger, “but I would move for rehearing. There may be issues that need to be addressed. Just because this board rehears the project, it still may end up where it is now.”

“This commission has never feared more and better information,” said Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen who originally voted against the project because of his concerns that it is in the flood plain. On Thursday, he voted to rehear the proposal.

Commissioner Bernie Curtis, who voted against the project, voted Thursday not to rehear the issue.

Douglas County planning commissioners, who act as an advisory panel to the board, approved the master plan amendment for the Lampe Park project earlier this summer.

“I believe some information should be presented,” said Commissioner Don Miner. “The record needs to be complete.”

n New trustee. In other action Thursday, commissioners appointed Cheryl Bricker to the Douglas County Library Board of Trustees. She was one of four applicants for a seat being vacated by trustee Judy Jacobs.

Bricker is the interim director of the Partnership of Douglas County. She has been a Douglas County resident for 14 years and holds bachelor degrees in anthropology and sociology and a clerical/business occupational teaching certificate from the state.